Syllabus and Curriculum

General Surgery Syllabus & Curriculum

General Surgery Syllabus

The General Surgery Syllabus is an academic document that communicates course information and defines expectations and
responsibilities in preparation for the EBSQ Examination in General Surgery, leading to conferment of
the FEBS General Surgery.

Objectives of the syllabus

  • To communicate information and define expectations and responsibilities for potential
    candidates, in their preparation for the UEMS EBSQ Examination in General Surgery, leading
    to conferment of the FEBS General Surgery.
  • To help the designers of the assessments and examiners, leading to transparency, fairness, equity,
    maintenance of standards, Quality Assurance and Improvement and ultimately, patient safety.
  • Setting the course towards convergence of Exit Examinations in Europe and beyond
    so as to approach a real Extra-European Higher Education Area which includes Medicine.

Why is it necessary?

Because of the necessity to maintain standards. This need is a consequence of:
– Free movement of healthcare professionals in Europe
– Movement of patients and medical tourism
– The improving understanding of disease
– New technologies
– The evolution of disease
– The introduction of patient electronic record and establishment of benchmarks
– An aging and more complex population
– New requirements to remain in practice
– Shorter working hours and shorter period of training
– To ensure patient safety

What is assessed?

– Knowledge
– Clinical and technical skills
– Attitudes
– Relating to patients
– Communication and interpersonal skills
– Teamwork and collaboration
– Management including self-management
In other words, all that leads to an enhanced quality of patient care and patient safety.

Please download the following document for the detailed content of the General Surgery Syllabus:

General Surgery Curriculum

The Curriculum is based on the Syllabus, but goes beyond this in that it introduces the concept of Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA). In addition to details about the objectives, academic content,
it also refers to the methodologies to be adopted and the appropriate bodies that are entrusted with this aspect.

Thus, a careful reading of the Syllabus (refer to the appropriate section), is essential in
order to appreciate the Curriculum with the proper perspective. One should not be alienated by the volume and detail of the Syllabus, which is intrinsic to its nature. The Curriculum goes beyond the Syllabus in that the Curriculum is prescriptive or specific and refers to the entire content taught in the training programme.

The Curriculum is designed to train across the entire discipline of General Surgery. Although trainees
may develop particular specialty biases, they are required to have acquired core knowledge, skills
and attitudes in General Surgery.

Please download the following document for the detailed content of the General Surgery Curriculum: