Most of us will take an exam at some point that involves EMQs. Ian Bickle takes us through this new style of exam and gives advice on how best to tackle them
- By: Ian Bickle
Extending matching questions (EMQs) have become widely used for both undergraduate and postgraduate examinations. They now feature in final examinations in the United Kingdom as they are thought to be valuable in assessing both the level and application of knowledge.
Based around a theme, such as a symptom, sign, diagnosis, set of investigations, or a topic in basic sciences, EMQs assess the ability of the candidate to process and evaluate information.
Let's go through a few questions and focus on how they should be approached. We will start with an undergraduate favourite--the clinical sign of finger clubbing.
The patients below all have clubbing of the fingers. Choose the most appropriate diagnosis from the above list.
Two main approaches can be taken, which to some extent depend on your level of knowledge and confidence.
The first approach is to read the vignettes--in this case clinical scenarios--and write down an answer or