The exam is an electronic exam comprised of 225 multiple-choice questions. It is broken down into seven general categories: General Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Pharmacology, Public Health, Risk Management and Occupational Medicine.
These categories are further broken down into the more specific areas of abdominal and gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular disorders, thoracic and respiratory disorders, traumatic disorders, pediatric disorders, toxicology and clinical pharmacology, obstetrical and gynecological disorders, procedures and skills of Urgent Care Medicine, musculoskeletal disorders, cutaneous disorders, systemic and cutaneous infectious disorders, endocrine, metabolic and nutritious disorders, head and neck disorder, hematology and oncology disorders, nervous system disorders, psychological and behavioral disorders, urological and renal disorders, environmental disorders, immune system disorders, epidemiology, and public health disorders.
The content of the examination is divided into more than a dozen main knowledge areas including: anatomy/physiology, medicine, surgery, pediatrics, dermatology, infectious disease, pain medicine, radiology, orthopedics, pharmacology, psychiatry, sports medicine, occupational medicine, and compensation/disability/medical-legal issues. These areas are further divided into a matrix of sections. The information from the practice analysis survey is then used to determine the number of items to include under each of the knowledge areas.