CORD Teaching Cases: Oral Board & Simulation Cases

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Thank you for your interest in the CORD Oral Board/ Teaching Cases.  The cases have been organized in accordance with the ABEM Oral Board content format.  These cases were compiled for use for non- profit, educational purposes only.  Some cases may contain copyrighted images which have been reproduced and referenced here in accordance with the fair use provision of copyright law. 

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History of the Case Bank

In 2005 Doug Char, MD chaired the original Oral Board task force.  Individuals from 44 Emergency Medicine residency programs contributed as authors and editors to develop 65 oral board cases posted on the CORD SharePoint Site. Access to all cases was restricted to CORD members although the cases/ templates/ evaluation forms have become widely utilized in EM education and assessment.

In 2009, we began a liaison task force between the SAEM Simulation Academy, CDEM and CORD.  One of the short term goals of the collaboration was to add a new wave of multipurpose cases that could be used for oral board practice and/or assessment and simulation education. To date, nearly every EM residency program is participating either as an author or editor to contribute new cases to the case bank.

The cases have gone through a peer review process but authors may also wish to contribute their work to other scholarly work such as MedEdPortal to receive a peer review unique identifier such as the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN).

To ensure the use of some cases for assessment purposes, some cases have been designated as CORD only and will be visible only to residency program directors as they may be used for high stakes assessment.

A special thanks to the tireless efforts of Laura Seul, Simulation Program Coordinator and John Vozenilek, MD, Senior Case Bank Editor both of Simulation Technology and Immersive Learning, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.  Without their contributions, this case bank would not be possible.


Sharon Griswold, MD MPH, Simulation Center Director, Drexel University College of Medicine, Chair, CORD/ Simulation Academy Simulation Task Force. Please help us continue to improve the site by providing your feedback.  If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for this site, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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