EBSQ Examinations in General Surgery

EBSQ General Surgery Examination Team (Malta, 2018)

FEBS 2018

Application for Board Fellowship

To apply for certification as Fellow of the European Board of Surgery (F.E.B.S.) in the "transferable competency" General Surgery offered by the "European Board of Surgery" and the "Division of General Surgery" a candidate has to undergo a two-step quality validation process: Eligibility and Examination.

A candidate successfully passing the examination will be qualified as

"Fellow of the European Board of Surgery - F.E.B.S." General Surgery

The Fellowship of the UEMS is a significant high-level indication of professional competence and excellence. It basically reflects the ongoing important European standardisation, harmonisation and quality assurance process in medicine.

Eligibility is a prerequisite for the Examination.You can see all the details about the Eligibility criteria by accessing 'Eligibility' in the upper left-hand box of this page.

In addition, the Honorary Fellowship in General Surgery is conferred on Senior General Surgeons of high national and/or international repute, occupying advanced positions. Applications for the Honorary FEBS in General Surgery are assessed by the Eligibility Committee. Applicants may be declared Eligible or Not Eligible.


EBSQ MALTA 2018

EBSQ GENERAL SURGERY – EXAMINATIONS

The UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination is subject of comprehensive revision and continuous development. It is the responsibility of the candidate to be conversant with the content of the UEMS Division of General Surgery Website related to the UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination and updates on  www.uemssurg.org  The Examination is subject to Internal and External Quality Assurance processes including that by UEMS-CESMA.
The UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination held in English.

R.O.P.

The candidates have to prove their identity (valid passport) at the Board exam venue. The use of mobile telephones, other communication aids, as well as all other types of cheating are strictly forbidden throughout the Board Exam. Cheating is subject to immediate termination of the exam.

To note that for the Part 1 (MCQs) of the UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination, which is carried out in an Electronic format in collaboration with a commercial online examination platform, it is required that all candidates bring along their own Laptops. They are responsible for the proper function of their laptops. Candidates should be instructed not to open any other windows than the Ortrac interface, otherwise they will be disqualified from the examination.

In case of unsurmountable technical difficulties with the electronic format, the Examination willbe switched to the paper format.

Candidates are instructed to arrive at the venue of the Examination 1 hour 30 minutes before commencement of the Part 1 and Part 2 of the Exam.

For assistance, bathroom visits, etc., candidates should raise their hand and await an invigilator.

Prior to the exam the candidates are briefed and anonymized by the Administrative Staff or a representative of the executive. They draw numbers and receive stickers for the evaluation forms. The numbers reflect also the starting time for the OSCE circuit. The candidates stay anonymized during the whole examination process and also during evaluation. Personal data are synchronized after the evaluation process is concluded. All documents for the exam are prepared and printed out previously. During Part 2, the evaluation forms with the candidates' stickers and the actual scoring are collected after being signed by the 2 examiners from each station. The scoring is recorded by the Chairperson and the comprehensive result calculated. The result of the Board Exam is announced within 1 hour after the end of the last circuit.

The UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination consist of 2 parts: MCQ-Test Part 1 is a Multiple Choice Question test (MCQ test) with up to 150 questions, lasting 4 hours and Part 2 which is an OSCE Circuit of 6 Stations, lasting 60 minutes for each group of candidates. Each candidate spends 10 minutes at each Station, which means 60 minutes to do the whole Circuit.

The MCQ-answers are selected by the committee from a catalogue respecting a numeric distribution following the "Blueprint GenSurg" categories . MCQs are of the ‘Best answer out of 4/5. The great majority are of the A positive type; very few of the A negative type. Sample questions are published on the website www.uemssurg.org.

OSCE Circuit Part 2 is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).  At the OSCE Stations candidates will be introduced to clinical scenarios with and asked related relevant questions. The circuit may include all types of laboratory investigations, x-rays, CT, MRI and ultrasonography scans and pictures from typical clinical situations to interpret. The candidates may also be asked to demonstrate practical abilities. The individua candidate time schedule for the OSCE circuit is established after the MCQ-test (6 candidates per hour maximum).

Candidates should arrive 1 hour prior to their randomly assigned starting time. After finishing the OSCE circuit candidates have to collect and wait separated from pre-OSCE candidates until the last round of the circuit has commenced. Sample stations are published on the website www.uemssurg.org

Candidates should realise that Part 2 of the Examination will last a number of hours depending on the number of candidates. Candidates should ensure that their return flights will not prejudice their timing for the OSCE Examination. They are advised to plan their return flights not before the following morning after the Part 2 and conferment of Diplomas.
THE relative weighting of Part 1 and Part 2 of the Examination expressed as a percentage is:

Part 1: 50%
Part 2: 50%

The threshold for passing the Part 1 of the Exam is calculated according to a modified Cohen Standard Setting of 65% of the 95th percentile.

The Standard setting pass-mark for the entire Examination (i.e. Parts 1 and 2 combined) is no longer set arbitrarily at 75% as previously, but is set as 75% of the 95th percentile. Thus, this varies according to the difficulty of the questions and the cohort of candidates. It will always be distinctly lower than the 75% threshold previously used and is more advantageous for the candidates.

The decision of the Board of Examiners is final and is not subject to appeal. An unsuccessful candidate is entitled to three other chances to take the exam that he/she failed. A review committee  (the Credentials Committee) may be formed by the executive at their discretion in case of any protest or recrimination on procedure.

After the examination, the candidates may be asked  to fill out a feedback form.

The successful candidates (successful Eligibility and Examination) are awarded the title "Fellow of the European Board of Surgery – General Surgery" or "F.E.B.S./GenSurg" and are provided with the relevant Diploma the same day in a formal celebration. The title F.E.B.S./GenSurg determines, that the person successfully proved to have validated knowledges and skills, that in most cases exceed the requirements for the national CCSTs and allow him/her to successfully cover the broad field of General Surgery in respective to the actual requirements of their respective relevant Body. At the time of writing, the qualification F.E.B.S./GenSurg has no automatic legal recognition in the E.U. or in any other country. Individual recognition of qualifications by the national authorities is supported by the EBSQ committee and the number of countries officially adopting the Board exam is continuously rising. The acceptance status of a Board Exam is published on the website www.uemssurg.org. The fellowship does not implicate automatic allowance to work independently and does not automatically enhance participation in national social security systems of the E.U. The future perspective of this European diploma is to been seen in unanimous legalization within the ongoing project of the European standardization process of medical education.

Further advice

Dear UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination Candidates in Malta,

We would like to provide you with some further advice so as to render process of Part 1 and Part 2 of the UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination Candidates in Malta as smooth as possible:

The dates and times for the Part 1 and Part 2 of the Examination:

a)Part 1 is to be held on Wednesday 12th September 2018 starts at 13:00, but you must be at the venue at least 1 hour before and preferably 90 minutes before (at 11:30 Malta and Central European Time)

b)The Part 2 will take place on Thursday 13th September 2018 starting at 09:00 but you must be present at the venue 1 hour before for instructions. Each candidate will be given his/her individual starting time depending on the anonymization grid code which will be given to you. All this information will be given to you very clearly.

THE NEW VENUE FOR THE UEMS EBSQ GENERAL SURGERY EXAMINATION on the 12th and 13th September 2018 (Dates and times are the same)

IT Services Building, 
University of Malta,
Msida MSD 2080
Malta

The Msida campus can be reached by bus from the Valletta terminus via the following routes: 31, 32, 238, 250, 260

For timetables and more information regarding bus routes please visit: https://www.publictransport.com.mt

Walking route from University Campus Bus Terminus (Universita` 2) to IT Services Building:

Walking route from University Campus Bus Terminus (Universita` 2) to IT Services Building:

Candidates are advised to enter the IT Services building through main entrance.

Part 1 (MCQs) will be held in TR003, Ground Floor

Part 2 (OSCE Circuit) will be held in VC102, 1st Floor

These will be clearly sign posted and indicated on the digital signage at the reception desk.

Floor plan of Ground Floor and 1st Floor at IT Services building:

Technical advice

  • You will be supplied with electric power sockets to charge your Laptops, but it is your responsibility to  bring your own power plug adaptors which are appropriate for the electrical sockets in Krakow. You can obtain this information through a Google search.
  • It is your responsibility to be present at the Examination venue at least 1 hour but preferably 1hour 30 minutes before the Exam actually starts i.e. 11:30 – 12:00 for the Part 1 (MCQs) and 07:30 – 08:00 for the Part 2 (OSCEs). Subsequently the 6 groups for the OSCE Circuits will be staggered during graded time intervals, according to the anonymization number you are allocated. You will be accurately informed.
  • It is your responsibility to bring your own Laptop, complete with charger/power lead, and to see that it is in good working order. You will NOT be supplied with Laptops.
  • You will be supplied with electric power sockets to charge your Laptops, but it is your responsibility to  bring your own power plug adaptors which are appropriate for the electrical sockets in Krakow. You can obtain this information through a Google search.
  • Which power plugs and sockets in Malta?
    Electrical plugs and sockets used  in Malta:

In Malta the power sockets are of type G. Check out the following pictures. When living in the United Kingdom you don't need a power plug adapter in Malta. Your power plugs will fit.

  • Type G: This socket has no alternative plugs
  • You are advised to find an adapter with which you can use the plugs of your particular appliance and which can be plugged into a Type G socket described above. The following are possible electrical socket adaptors you may consider for use in Malta, but many other brands are available:

  • Travel plug adapters do not change the voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 220-240 volts the socket is supplying. North American sockets supply electricity at between 110 and 120 volts, far lower than in most of the rest of the world. Consequently, North American appliances are generally built for 110-120 volts.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your Laptop functions properly under these conditions. Remember that your autonomous laptop battery life may not last the whole duration of the Examination and that it may need recharging or continuous charging.
  • The Part 2 of the Examination as a whole as well as the subsequent evaluation, will take a long time. As a rough estimate, the results might available on the 13th September 2018 at about 18:00. You will not know to which OSCE Circuit Group you have been assigned until the 13th of September 2018, because this will depend on your OSCE anonymization number.
  • The delivery of the EBSQ General Surgery Diplomas (FEBS) will be held at the same venue immediately afterwards.
  • You are subsequently strongly advised that you plan your return flight taking into account the above time constraints. This is again your responsibility. It would be best not to cut it fine and plan your return flight not earlier than the morning of the 14th September 2018. Your incoming flight should also be planned allowing for possible delays. Play safe. You cannot afford to arrive late. The timing of your arrival and departure flights is your responsibility. The Examination Committee cannot assure you that adjustments will be possible to accommodate any faulty travel and time planning on your part.
  • All candidates sitting the UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination are considered as mature and responsible colleagues. They are therefore expected to read the above communications and the relevant parts of the UEMS Division of General Surgery Website in preparation for their trip to Malta for the UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: If a candidate postpones or is forced to cancel participation at the UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination, what is the Cancellation Policy?

A: If a candidate (who has previously been declared eligible) and paid all the fees, decides or is forced to postpone or miss the Examination for any valid reason, he/she will not pay the Eligibility Fee. An administration fee of Euro 90 only will be charged to cover the administrative costs of the re-sit. The rest of the Examination Fee is not charged.
If the candidate has already made the second payment, an extra 90 Euros Administration Fee only will be charged to postpone the Examination.

If the candidate has not made the second payment, the charge for sitting the examination at a different date than the one originally planned will be the Examination Fee for the eventual Examination plus Euro 90.

In any case, the  Eligibility fee and the Examination Fee are not refundable.

Q: Do candidates require a laptop with a CD-reader?

A: We shall not be using CDs. You shall receive your 150 MCQs directly from Sweden. There is a very remote possibility that the use of a USB (Pen-drive) might become necessary. So you are advised to bring a laptop with a corresponding USB port because of that extremely unlikely possibility.

Q: When and where shall I be given the necessary WIFI code, password and log-in code for the Part 1 (MCQs)?

A: Once you arrive early for the Part 1, you will be provided with these.

Q: Where could I find examples of the type of MCQ that will be used?

A: At the European Board of Surgery Website / Assessment Quality Requirements / page 19

Q: If a candidate postpones or is forced to cancel participation at the UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination, what is the cancellation policy?

A: If the candidate (previously declared eligible and all the fees paid) decides or is forced to postpone or miss the Examination for any valid reason, he/she will not pay the Eligibility Fee. An administration Fee of 90 Euros only will be charged to cover the administrative costs of the re-sit. the rest of the Examination Fee is not charged.

If the candidate has already made the second payment, an extra 90 Euros Administration Fee only will be charged to postpone the Examination.

If the candidate has not made the second payment, the charge of sitting the Examination at a different date than the one originally planned, will then be the (normal) Examination Fee for the eventual Examination plus 90 Euros.

In any case, the Eligibility and the xamination Fees are not refundable

N.B.  DO NOT FORGET THE OBVIOUS:

  • IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENT
  • LAPTOP WITH CHARGER
  • APPROPRIATE ADAPTOR FOR PLUGS AND SOCKETS IN MALTA
  • PEN, PENCIL, RUBBER
  • ARRIVE EARLY FOR PART 1 AND 2 AS SPECIFIED PREVIOUSLY
  • READ CAREFULLY ALL THE ABOVE INSTRUCTIONS NOW. LATER MAY BE TOO LATE.

We wish you success in your examination, academic and career progress.

Best regards,

Arthur Felice       Joseph Weerts

Application Documents, Forms and Logbook for EBSQ General Surgery
Download
Checklist for Eligibility EBSQ General Surgeryexcel icon
General Surgery Application Form word icon

Honorary Fellowship General Surgery Eligibility Criteria
pdf

General Surgery Blueprint
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General Surgery Logbook
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General Surgery Examination
pdf

General Surgery Rationale
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General Surgery Syllabus
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General Surgery Knowledges and Skills
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MCQ Board Examination sample questions
pdf

General Surgery Information EBS

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How to become an examiner

Please submit your application via E-Portfolio only (use "apply" button).
Paper application is no more supported. 

Address of the EBSQ office:
European Board of Surgery Qualification (EBSQ)
EBSQ General Surgery
Rue de l'Industrie, 24 
1040 Brussels 
BELGIUM Tel: +32 (0)2 649 51 64 | Fax: +32 (0)2 640 37 30
E-mail: office@uemssurg.org


Examination fee and payment details

The fees of 800 Euros are for application for Eligibility (350 Euros) and Examination (450 Euros) for the European Diploma in General Surgery.

Please pay by PayPal 350 € as eligibility fee first and a further 450 € after approval for the examination

President of the European Board of Surgery