EBSQ Examinations

Emergency Surgery
EBSQ Examinations

Next EBSQ Examination

Examination datePartPlaceApplication deadline
19th & 20th October 2024Part 1 – written
Part 2 – oral
OnlineAugust 23rd, 00h (CET Time)

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 served basis from the date of application completion.

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

You wish to apply to the EBSQ Examination in Emergency Surgery for the first time, or you were assessed as not eligible in a previous attempt to participate in the exam, or your eligibility has expired.
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You didn’t succeed once in a previous session of EBSQ Examination in Emergency Surgery and you want to give it another try? You are a retaker.
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You were assessed eligible in a previous session of EBSQ Examination in Emergency Surgery, you were not able to attend the Examination and you want to attend the 2023 session? You are a postponer.
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Fellowship of the European Board of Surgery

To apply for certification as Fellow of the European Board of Surgery (FEBS) in the speciality of Emergency Surgery offered by the “European Board of Surgery” and the “Division of Emergency Surgery”, 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 Emergency 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 harmonisation process of medical education.

The candidate for the EBSQ title in Emergency Surgery should be a future opinion leader in Emergency Surgery.

Examination organisation and rules

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 Emergency Surgery is composed of the following documents.

Application documents checklist

  • scan of your ID or passport
  • recent photography of yourself
  • signed application form
  • logbook duly completed
  • logbook validation form
  • complete updated CV
  • certificate of completion of specialist training
  • certificate of completion of ATLS course or approved alternative
  • certificate of completion of DSTC course or approved alternative

Documents to be downloaded:

For details on the eligibility criteria and required skills, please download the following document:

Examination fees

The total fee for the EBSQ examination in Emergency Surgery is €700:

  • €350 for the Eligibility Assessment
  • €350 for the Examination

Payments must be made via Paypal 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.

Failing the written exam, a new attempt in the forthcoming exams is possible, the resit fee is €350.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation/Postponement up to 90 days before the exam:

  • Exam fee (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 90 days before the exam:

  • Exam fee is 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 90 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. The exam fee may be transferred to another exam sitting if more than 90 days’ notice is given.

Examination format

The EBSQ Examination organised by the UEMS Division of Emergency Surgery consists of 2 parts:

  • a written exam in the form of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ),
  • an oral exam, in the form of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

For details on the proportion of questions from each category that candidates will be asked in the examination (i.e. 5% would be on pre-operative care), please download the Blueprint:

Suggested readings

Candidates should get a good understanding of the focus of the examination from reading these sources (non-exhaustive list):

  • Acute Care Surgery. Britt LD, Peitzman A, Barie P, Jurkovich G (Eds). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2012.
  • Acute Care Surgery: A Guide for General Surgeons Gracias V,  McKenney M,  Reilly P & Velmahos G (Eds).  McGraw Hill Medical 2009.
  • Common Problems in Acute Care Surgery.  Moore LJ, Turner KL, Todd SR (Eds.). Springer 2013.
  • Core Topics in General & Emergency Surgery, 5th Edition –  Companion to Specialist Surgical Practice.  S Paterson-Brown (Ed) Saunders Ltd 2013.
  • Current Therapy of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, 2nd Edition. Ascensio JA & Trunkey DD (Eds). Elsevier 2016.
  • Essential US for Trauma: E-FAST (Ultrasound for Acute Care Surgeons) Zago MP (Ed). Springer 2014.
  • Emergency Surgery Course (ESC®) Manual – The Official ESTES/AAST Guide. Fingerhut A, Leppäniemi A, Coimbra R, Peitzman AB, Scalea TM, Voiglio EJ (Eds.). Springer 2016.
  • Emergency Surgery. Brooks A, Cotton BA, Tai N, Mahoney PF (Eds). BMJ Books. Wiley 2010.
  • Emergency War Surgery 2014 Paperback – 16 Jan 2014 by Office of the Surgeon General. USA.  
  • Manual of Definitive Surgical Trauma Care, 5th edition. Boffard KD (Ed). CRC Press 2016.
  • Schein’s Common Sense Emergency Abdominal Surgery – An Unconventional Book for Trainees and Thinking Surgeons. Schein M, Rogers P, Assalia A (Eds.) Springer 2009.
  • The Trauma Manual: Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 4th Edition.  Peitzman AB, Schwab CW, Yealy DM, Rhodes M and Fabian TC.  Wolters Kluwer 2012.
  • FRCS General Surgery: 500 SBAs and EMIs. Wilson A, Craig W, Stevenson L.  JP Medical Ltd 2013 (useful for practice for candidates not familiar with MCQs).