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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM)!

The item writer nomination process includes the following three steps:

  • Nominee completes Nomination Form 
  • Colleague completes Recommendation Form
  • ABEM Board member (current or previous) provides Endorsement 
Item writers are appointed to three-year terms and may serve a maximum of three terms, i.e., nine years. An item writer term begins on July 1 of the year following initial appointment. Participation as an item writer requires submission of three item assignments per year, i.e., a total of 24 items, and regular attendance and participation at the annual Item Writers Workshop, usually held in July. New writers must attend a training and orientation session before beginning their first term as a writer.

There is typically a waiting list to become an item writer and it often takes two to three consecutive years of nomination to be selected.

Relevant ABEM Policies
Policy on Item Writer Appointment
Policy on Conflicts of Interest

Policy on Participation in Examination Preparation Activities

Questions regarding the item writer nomination process can be directed to the Board office at volunteer@abem.org or 517.332.4800 extension 354.