Emergency Medicine Primary Exam Preparation Course

Welcome to the NSW Primary Exam Web site.

This exam is felt by many to be the most onerous hurdle to overcome on your way to your fellowship. If you make full use of this site, it will significantly reduce your stress during your preparation.

On this site, you will find:

  • Hints and tips on how best to study for and pass the exam
  • A comprehensive study timetable, broken up into study units
  • A Study Guide for each unit on the timetable, which also details every viva question ever asked on the topic, and when it was asked
  • Interactive MCQ’s (with answers) relevant to each unit of study
  • Links to many other great primary exam resources

There are two common trainee strategies employed: splitting the exam into 2 attempts, or attempting all 4 subjects at one sitting.

This site services all approaches:

Those studying for 1 or 2 subjects should study 2 units per subject per week. You will need 17 weeks to prepare, or 14 weeks if you leave out the revision units.

Those studying for 3 or 4 subjects should study 1 unit per subject per week. You will need about 34 weeks to prepare.

You might be confused by the recommended order of some units in the timetable.

It was designed to help maximise the success of those studying for all 4 subjects, so many cross-subject topics are studied together because they overlap significantly in content, thus reducing study. You can, of course, do the units in any order.

For example, you will note in unit 11, you study anti-hypertensives (Pharmacology), CVS regulatory mechanisms (Physiology) and IHD / cardiac failure (Pathology).

The NSW ACEM Primary Examination Course 2017 is hosted on HETI Moodle.

Please find instructions on how to create your account on HETI Moodle below:

Step 1: Go to HETI Moodle

Step 2: Type an easy to remember username and password in the login section of the page. If the username is already being used by another user an error message will appear saying “Invalid login, please try again”.

Step 3: Fill out the required details. Questions marked with an asterix (*) are compulsory.

Step 4: Select “Update Profile”

Step 5: For a list of the courses available click on HETI in the list.

Step 6: Look for the four Primary Examination preparation links. 

Step 7: Select the course by clicking on the title.

Step 9: You can now access the full course. From now on you will only need to enter your personal username and password to log in and access any course you have enrolled in.

  • Method : Online
  • No prerequisites
  • Not mandatory