EBSQ Examinations

Endocrine Surgery EBSQ Examinations

Next EBSQ Examination

DateTypePlaceApplication deadline
18 May 2023on siteAthens15 January 2023

Access to the application will be opened on December 1, 2022. Deadline is January 15, 2023 (at the latest or when the maximum number of applicants is reached).

We accept applications only through our dedicated web-platform. Access to this webpage will be open in due time at the end of year 2022.

Applications by any other means are not accepted.

Please note that passing the exam is not a license to practice within the EU.

Successful candidates at EBSQ Exam in Endocrine Surgery 2022
Examiners at EBSQ Exam in Endocrine Surgery 2022

Examination organisation & rules

The UEMS European Board of Surgery Qualification (EBSQ) examination in endocrine surgery, neck endocrine surgery or neck endocrine and adrenal surgery confers to the successful candidate the title of Fellow of the European Board of Surgery (FEBS) in endocrine surgery, neck endocrine surgery or neck endocrine and adrenal surgery.(F.E.B.S./EndSurg). The EBSQ Examinations in Endocrine surgery or neck endocrine surgery are organised as follows:

Application

All applications and payments must be processed through the online platform.

  • All applicants need to login or register examinee account before applying.
  • After signing in, for the registration process, the applicant provides basic personal information, and upload required files and documents.
  • After filling in and uploading all necessary document to assess his/her eligibility, the applicant proceeds to the payment of the eligibility fee.
  • If the applicant is assessed as eligible, he/she will receive an email regarding his/her eligibility information and will be asked to perform the payment of the examination fee within 2 weeks.

If you wish to apply and assess your eligibility for the next EBSQ Examination in endocrine surgery, neck endocrine surgery or neck endocrine and adrenal surgery, please download the following documents, filled it out electronically, printed, signed and submitted as pdf-file.

For all applications:

Eligibility criteria

Applicants who have carried out their surgical training in one of the European Union countries, a UEMS country (i.e. Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) or associated UEMS countries are generally eligible.

Applicants who have carried out their surgical training outside the European Union or UEMS countries must provide a letter of recommendation from the National Surgical Association certifying the candidates CV.
In addition, 2 letters of recommendation from 2 members of the ESES, at least 1 of whom should hold an EBSQ in Endocrine Surgery, are mandatory. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Documents required

Candidates must provide:

  • a certified copy of a valid Certificate of Specialist training (CCST) in general surgery or equivalent certificate issued by the relevant body governing the legal CCST.
  • Training Portfolio/CV including evidence regarding the attendance of at least 4 specialist meetings or postgraduate courses in endocrine surgery. This Training Portfolio/CV should include scientific activities, courses, and training positions. Candidates must also show that a minimum of 2 years have been spent in approved endocrine surgical training posts. The training should be approved by the national training authority (see application form)
  • Two publications or abstracts
  • The Surgical procedures logbook
  • The Evidence of competence level logbook including Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA) is a very important part of the application for eligibility. An Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA) is a critical part of professional work that can be identified as a unit to be entrusted to a trainee once sufficient competence has been reached.  The key factor is Entrustment. The trainee is not only capable of tackling the particular procedures or units independently but he can be trusted to do this by his tutor(s). The units listed include the competencies that surround these procedures that are further explained in the Syllabus. The 5 levels of competence can be found in the Curriculum.

Surgical Procedures Log book

The Surgical procedures logbook must include a minimum of the procedures defined in the curriculum and follow these notes. 
a) Record the date of each procedure performed together with the patient’s hospital number and birth year 
b) An “assisted” procedure is defined as an operation where you assisted a Specialist Endocrine Surgeon. 
c) A “performed” procedure is defined as an operation performed by you with the assistance of your Specialist trainer. 
d) Your Trainer must sign the relevant space indicating that you acted as first assistant or performed the operation to a satisfactory standard.

Eligibility to sit the UEMS examination for Board Certification in Endocrine Surgery is dependent upon completion of all the procedures listed, assisted and performed, in the number as indicated in the curriculum.

Evidence of competence level logbook Log book


The Evidence of competence level logbook including Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA) is a very important part of the application for eligibility.

An Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA) is a critical part of professional work that can be identified as a unit to be entrusted to a trainee once sufficient competence has been reached.  The key factor is Entrustment. The trainee is not only capable of tackling the particular procedures or units independently but he can be trusted to do this by his tutor(s). The units listed include the competencies that surround these procedures that are further explained in the Syllabus. The 5 levels of competence can be found in the Curriculum.

Examination fees

The fees for the EBSQ certificate endocrine surgery are divided as follows:
– Eligibility fee of 175 euros, non refundable if the candidate is not eligible, and
– Examination fee of 375 euros; the resit fee in case of failure is also of 375 euros.

Candidates are requested to pay fees to cover administrative and examination costs.

The eligibility fee is to be paid when the candidate register for the certification.

The examination fees should be paid once the eligibility of the candidate has been confirmed, to finalise the registration of the candidate for the examination.

In the event that the candidate does not pass the examination, the paid fee will not be refunded.

Examination format

The examination will be conducted in English and consists of two 50-60 min “viva voce sessions”, each session to be adjudicated by two examiners and consisting of two parts:

I. Clinical management problems (presented as cases) covered in the curriculum.
· Examination in Neck Endocrine Surgery: benign and malignant thyroid disease, primary, secondary and tertiary HPT
· Examination in Endocrine Surgery: thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, endocrine abdominal

In addition, basic science will be discussed in the context of the clinical problems presented

II. Discussion of two scientific papers sent to the candidates about two weeks before the exam

Failure to pass

Participation in any examination process, in itself, always encompasses the possibility of failure.

The assessments are based on a supranational system and are conducted objectively to the best of our knowledge – the main aim being that a uniform and high standard of endocrine surgical professionalism is maintained across Europe.

Participation in the assessments requires full and unconditional acceptance of all the terms of the examination. Submission of the completed application by the candidate is regarded as confirmation of full compliance with the above terms and conditions and the Core of Assessors cannot be liable for any ruling concluding that the candidate does not meet the required standards for the award of the EBSQ-endocrine fellowship.