EBSQ Examinations

Abdominal wall Surgery EBSQ Examinations

Next EBSQ Examination

DateTypePlaceApplication deadline
28th of May 2024on sitePrague16th of March 2024

All candidates – including new candidates and those who postponed or failed previously – must apply through the QuizOne platform accessible through the buttons below
We do not accept any document as support to applications by any means other than uploaded on the dedicated web-platform. Documents received by any other means will not be considered as part of an application.

Please note that once the deadline date to apply is passed, no application will be acceptable by any means.

Before clicking the “Apply” button, please carefully read the EBSQ policies and Eligibility criteria and ensure that you are ready to submit all required documents.

Please also ensure that you pay the fees before the deadlines.

Places are limited. Do not wait until last minute to finalise your application as places will be offered on a first come, first serve basis from date of application completion.

Candidates are responsible for their own application and its follow-up. Checking up regularly emails, and junk emails, is highly recommended – the UEMS Section of Surgery will not be responsible for any missed information sent via email.

We kindly encourage applicants to submit their documents and payment as early as possible.

You wish to apply to the EBSQ Examination in Abdominal Wall Surgery for the first time or you were assessed as not eligible in a previous attempt to participate to the exam. Please click below:

Fellowship of the European Board of Surgery

To apply for certification as Fellow of the European Board of Surgery (FEBS) in the specialty of Abdominal Wall Surgery (AWS) offered by the “European Board of Surgery” and the “Division of AWS”, a candidate has to undergo a two-step quality validation process: Eligibility (Part I) and Examination (Part II).

A candidate successfully passing the Eligibility and Examination will be qualified as: Fellow of the European Board of Surgery (FEBS) in Abdominal Wall 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.

At present, the fellowship of itself has no automatic legal recognition in the European Union or 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 future perspective of this European diploma is to be seen in unanimous legalization within the ongoing project of the European harmonization process of medical education.

The title does not in itself imply an automatic right to independent practice, nor does it automatically enhance participation in national social security systems of the European Union.

The candidate for the EBSQ title in AWS should be a future opinion leader in Abdominal Wall Surgery.

Examination organisation & rules

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

Eligibility Requirement

The candidate must be able to communicate in the English language. Examinations in the local national language(s) may be additionally provided at the discretion of the executive.
The “transferable competency” of Abdominal Wall Surgery (AWS) requires assessed and documented numbers for “Knowledge and Skills“. Candidates must demonstrate Skills in each of the described areas of responsibility and be able to present a complete and signed log-book.

The candidates’ individual log-books must fulfil the UEMS criteria. In the logbook patient’s initials (or hospital ad admission number), type of procedure, date of procedure and approval with signature by independent expert have to be provided for each item.

Details on the number of credits required are available in this document:

Eligibility Assessment

Eligibility of an application will only be reviewed by the board once all required documents are provided and the Eligibility fee has been paid. Once these conditions are met, applications are treated by “first-come, first-served” principle. Incomplete applications or unpaid fees will result in delay of evaluation of your application.
Please read the instructions carefully and submit all required documents to support your application.

Application documents

Application to the EBSQ Examination in Abdominal Wall Surgery is composed of the following documents.

Application checklist

  • Application Form duly completed, signed by the applicant and 2 trainers (to be download here below, filled it out electronically, printed, signed and submitted as pdf-file)
  • 2 recommendation letters from 2 trainers
  • National certificate of General/Visceral Surgery training completion
  • List of operations
    (all operations must be listed per operation date and hospital/private practice)
  • Short CV including publications list
  • Proof of identity (ID for Europeans or Passport)

Please download the following documents:

Examination fees

The total application fee for the EBSQ examination in abdominal wall surgery for non-EHS members is €600:

  • €150 for the Eligibility Assessment
  • €450 for the Examination for non EHS members

There is a reduced Exam fee for members of the European Hernia Society (EHS):

  • €150 for the Eligibility Assessment
  • €275 for the Examination for EHS members
  • €150 for the Examination for EHS members located in the eastern Europe countries (Armenia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia)

Payments must be made directly on the QuizOne platform dedicated to registrations before the deadlines dates.

The eligibility fee is to be paid when the applicant registers for the exam.

The examination fee should be paid once the eligibility of the applicant has been confirmed, within two weeks following confirmation of selection, to finalise the registration for the examination.

All fees paid are non-refundable. The exam fee may be transferred to another exam sitting if more than 30 days’ notice is given.

For those who have been assessed eligible, you may postpone for up to 24 months without having to pass and pay the eligibility assessment again. After 24 months you must go through the eligibility assessment again.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation/Postponement up to 30 days before the exam:

  • Exam fees (if paid) postponed to next sitting + an admin charge of 90 euro will be charged when candidate re-apply for the exam.

Cancellation/Postponement less than 30 days before the exam:

  • Exam fees are not transferred to the next exam and not refundable.  When re-applying for the exam, the candidate must pay the exam fee again + 90 euros administration fee.

Reasonable cancellations within 30 days of the exam will be considered on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Board of Examination. Supporting documentation is required.

For those who have been assessed eligible, you may postpone for up to 24 months without having to pass and pay the eligibility assessment again. After 24 months you must go through the eligibility assessment again and pay its fee. 

All fees paid are non-refundable.

Re-issue of certificates

Fellows are responsible for their Certificates. New Certificates will not be re-issued in case of loss.

If there is an error on your certificate you must contact the office within 3 months of receiving the certificate to have the certificate reissued.

Examination format

Part 1 of the Board Exam will be MCQ (Multiple Choice test), conducted onsite. The MCQ test includes up to 150 questions, not less than 100 questions. The time frame for the MC test is 3-5 hours. This time frame includes transfer of the individual answer codes to the evaluation form.
The question items may include relevant pictures (e.g. graphs, photographs, radiological pictures).

Part 2 is an OSCE (objective structured clinical examination), divided into at least 6 stations. The OSCE circuit’s purpose is to evaluate process thinking and judgment and the focus is on decision making.
The candidates are faced with cases and/or clinical pathways representing the wide range of AW surgery. The circuit may include the evaluation of relevant manual skills (e.g. simulation).
In the OSCE circuit candidates should be able to answer not only what they would do and how, but why.
The circuit consists of at least 6 stations (10 min each; total duration of circuit: 60 min) where candidates will be confronted with real clinical situations, assessed by an examiner and may be asked to give an oral or written answer respectively.
The circuit will include all types of laboratory investigations, x-rays, CT, MRI and ultrasonography scans and pictures from typical clinical situations to interpret.

The individual time schedule for the OSCE circuit is established after the MCQ-test (6 candidates per hour maximum). Candidates appear 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.

For all details on the organisation, rules and format attached to the EBSQ examination in Abdominal Wall Surgery, please read carefully the following document.

Results & failures

A total of 600 points can be achieved in the EBSQ exam:

  • 300 points in the MC test (3 points per question)
  • 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.

In addition, an unsuccessful candidate is entitled to another chance to take the exam that he/she failed.

The successful candidates (successful Eligibility and Examination) are awarded the title “Fellow of the European Board of Surgery – AWS” or “F.E.B.S./AWS” and are provided with the relevant certificate normally the same day in a formal celebration.