Oesophagogastric Surgery Syllabus


This syllabus is a congregate of the knowledge and skills of a visceral upper gastrointestinal surgeon and a thoracic surgeon, since the two divisions under each UEMS section has decided to join each other.
The OGSurg syllabus comprehensively describes “Knowledges ” and “Knowledges and Skills” (= basis for an individual “Log-book”) mandatory for the qualification as F.E.B.S./OGSurg.
The syllabus is at that time is not a complete curriculum that gives a structured educational plan but provides a crude orientation and a framework around which preparation for the qualification as F.E.B.S./OGSurg can be structured and within the syllabus some parts can be exchanged as transferable skills for each division as long as a core curriculum is maintained.
The syllabus should not be viewed as static but will be continuously revised and updated by the members of the committee. It is noted, that research and changes in medicine may lead to significant changes in theory and clinical practice and by that will influence the content of the syllabus. New topics will be introduced and obsolete topics may be deleted. The candidates are expected to update their level according to the recent surgical practice and scientific literature.

To achieve the qualification as F.E.B.S./OGSurg “Knowledges” have to be documented and provided for Eligibility and are assessed by Examination.

For all the details on the expected knowledge, please download the following document:


Candidates’ Knowledge and Skills

The “transferable competency” of OG Surgery requires assessed and documented numbers for “Knowledge and Skills”. Candidates for the qualification must demonstrate skills in each of the above areas of responsibility and be able to present a complete and signed log-book.
The candidates’ individual log-books have to fulfil the UEMS criteria. In the logbook for each item patient’s initials (or hospital admission number), type of procedure, date of procedure and approval with signature by independent expert have to be provided.
The individual log-books for the categories A, B and C are scrutinized in the Eligibility I process.
The minimal Eligibility requirement for a UEMS OG Surgery qualification is a proved number of 800 credit points for interventions and / or procedures, endoscopies and operations (categories A + B + C).
For each intervention (A) as principle surgeon/endoscopy (B) as principle surgeon or operation (C) performed by the candidate as assistant 1 credit point is given.
For each operation (C) performed by the candidate as principle surgeon (the principle surgeon is the person who performs the majority of the essential steps of the procedure) 2 credit points are given.
At least 50% of the total number of 800 credit points have to achieved as principle surgeon.

This means, that a total of 400 interventions/procedures/endoscopies/operations (categories A + B + C) are the minimum requirement, when they are all performed as principle surgeon

A. Interventions, Proceduresn=100
B. Endoscopies n=415
C. Operations (total)  n=265
– Thoraxn=50
– Abdomen (major resections)n=200
– Minimal Invasive endoscopic proceduresn=15

For pragmatic reasons provisional arrangements are provided (see below: “Provisional arrangements”) to enhance the qualification until complete European harmonisation of surgical training is achieved.
These provisional arrangements allow a range of different compensations to consider various national and/or individual situations.


Log book ECS Surgery (Excel)Download