EBSQ Examinations

Oesophagogastric Surgery EBSQ Examinations

Next EBSQ Examination in upper Gi (upper gastri intestinal)

DatePlaceApplication deadlineHonorary Certification
29 Nov. 2021Milan1 Nov. 2021

If you wish to apply to this EBSQ Examination, please click on this link.

The application platform will be accessible only until the deadline date: 1 November 2021.
Therefore, your application should be finalised (all fields completed, documents uploaded, and the eligibility fee paid) before to be taken into consideration for the EBSQ examination in question.

Please keep in mind that all exchanges related to eligibility of each candidate should be done through the link. Thus, all additional documents requested by the eligibility board shall be uploaded on the platform only.

For all former candidates who didn’t pass and wish to try again, do not apply through the link, but send an email to the UEMS Surgery Secretariat: sections@uems.eu

Examination organisation and rules

The EBSQ (European Board of Surgery) – OGSurg Examination (in the following Board Exam) is subject of comprehensive revision and continuous development. The examination covers the whole field of OG Surgery as defined in the relevant UEMS documents (www.uemssurg.org). This is conducted in cooperation with the relevant European authorities and fulfilling EU legislation and directives.

The evolving process of the Board Examinations is paralleled by the European ambition towards harmonization and standardization of medical education, specialist training and qualification.

The structure of the Board Qualification is clearly defined and consists of a 2-stage process involving the Eligibility and the Examination, the Examination comprising a MCQ test with at least 100 items and an OSCE circuit with at least 6 stations.

For details on the organisation and the rules attached to the EBSQ examination in Oesophagogastric Surgery, please read carefully the following document:

Examination fees

The total fees of €700 are for the whole application:
– for eligibility (€350) and
– for the examination (€350)
for the European Certification in Upper GI Surgery. 

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.

Eligibility requirements

In order to check the eligibility of any application, we request that each applicant download and fill in the Application form and the logbook that you can download below.

These documents should be then uploaded on the platform during the registration process.


Candidates must attach the following documents to their online registration on the UEMS Surgery platform:

  • signed application form
  • completed logbook
  • CV
  • two ID size photographs
  • letters of recommendation by my trainers
  • certificate of national board certification in surgery


The “transferable competency” of Upper GI 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 fulfill 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 process.

Details on the eligibity requirements are available in this document:

Examination rules

For details on the proportion of questions from each category that candidates will be asked in the examination, please download the Blueprint:

Marking and grant

The EBS’ decision regarding certification is not based upon any preset pass/fail rate, but solely upon the aggregate evaluation of the examiners.
A total of up to 600 points can be achieved in the Board Exam, up to 300 points in the MC test (2 or 1 points per question) and 200-300 points in the OSCE circuit (50 points per station).

The threshold for passing the exam is 75%, which means at least a total of 450 points.

Appeals against the decision of the Board of Examiners are possible.
An unsuccessful candidate is entitled to another chance to take the exam that he/she failed.
The successful candidates (successful Eligbility and Examination) are awarded the title “Fellow of the European Board – OG Surg” or “F.E.B.-OGSurg” and are provided with the relevant Diploma normally the same day in a formal celebration.
The title F.E.B.-OGSurg determines, that the person successfully proved to have validated knowledge and skills, that in most cases exceed the requirements for the national CCSTs and allow him/her to successfully cover the broad field of OGSurg in respective to the actual demanding according to the judging of the commission.
In the moment the qualification F.E.B.-OGSurg 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.

Individual recognition of qualifications by the national authorities is supported by the EBS 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 in the Fellows page.