EBSQ Examinations

Endocrine Surgery EBSQ Examinations

Next EBSQ Examination

Examination datePlaceApplication deadline
23 May 2024Rome15 January 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.

You wish to apply to the EBSQ Examination in Endocrine Surgery for the first time 
or you were assessed as not eligible in a previous attempt to participate to the exam.
You are a new candidate.
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You didn’t succeed once in a previous session of EBSQ Examination in Endocrine 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 Endocrine Surgery, you were not able to attend the Examination and you want to attend the next session? You are a postponer.
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Successful candidates at EBSQ Exam in Endocrine Surgery 2022
Examiners at EBSQ Exam in Endocrine Surgery 2022

Fellowship of the European Board of Surgery

To apply for certification as Fellow of the European Board of Surgery (FEBS) in the specialty of Endocrine Surgery offered by the “European Board of Surgery” and the “Division of Endocrine 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 Endocrine 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 practice within the EU or 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 Endocrine Surgery should be a future opinion leader in Endocrine Surgery.

Examination organisation & rules

Eligibility requirements

Applicants who have carried out their surgical training in one of the European Union countries, a UEMS country (i.e. Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) or associated UEMS countries are generally eligible.

Applicants who have carried out their surgical training outside the European Union or UEMS countries must provide a letter of recommendation from the National Surgical Association certifying the candidates CV.
In addition, 2 letters of recommendation from 2 members of the ESES, at least 1 of whom should hold an EBSQ in Endocrine Surgery, are mandatory. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

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

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

Application checklist

  • A scan of your ID card or passport with your photo and your name in Latin letters
  • Application form
  • a certified copy of a valid Certificate of Specialist training (CCST) in general surgery or equivalent certificate issued by the relevant body governing the legal CCST
  • The Surgical procedures logbook
  • Training Portfolio/CV including evidence regarding the attendance of at least 4 specialist meetings or postgraduate courses in endocrine surgery. This Training Portfolio/CV should include scientific activities, courses, and training positions. Candidates must also show that a minimum of 2 years have been spent in approved endocrine surgical training posts. The training should be approved by the national training authority (see application form)
  • Two publications or abstracts
  • The Evidence of competence level logbook including Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA) is a very important part of the application for eligibility. An Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA) is a critical part of professional work that can be identified as a unit to be entrusted to a trainee once sufficient competence has been reached.  The key factor is Entrustment. The trainee is not only capable of tackling the particular procedures or units independently but he can be trusted to do this by his tutor(s). The units listed include the competencies that surround these procedures that are further explained in the Syllabus. The 5 levels of competence can be found in the Curriculum

    If surgical training outside the European Union or UEMS countries:
  • Letter of recommendation from the National Surgical or ENT Association certifying my CV
  • Two letters of recommendation from a member of the ESES, at least one member of the ESES recommending the candidate should hold an ESBQ in (Neck) Endocrine Surgery.

Document to be downloaded:

Application Form

Please download the following application form, fill it out electronically, print, sign and submit it as PDF file.

Surgical Procedures Log book

The Surgical procedures logbook must include a minimum of the procedures defined in the curriculum and follow these notes. 
a) Record the date of each procedure performed together with the patient’s hospital number and birth year 
b) An “assisted” procedure is defined as an operation where you assisted a Specialist Endocrine Surgeon. 
c) A “performed” procedure is defined as an operation performed by you with the assistance of your Specialist trainer. 
d) Your Trainer must sign the relevant space indicating that you acted as first assistant or performed the operation to a satisfactory standard.

Eligibility to sit the UEMS examination for Board Certification in Endocrine Surgery is dependent upon completion of all the procedures listed, assisted and performed, in the number as indicated in the curriculum.

Evidence of competence level logbook Log book

The Evidence of competence level logbook including Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA) is a very important part of the application for eligibility.

An Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA) is a critical part of professional work that can be identified as a unit to be entrusted to a trainee once sufficient competence has been reached.  The key factor is Entrustment. The trainee is not only capable of tackling the particular procedures or units independently but he can be trusted to do this by his tutor(s). The units listed include the competencies that surround these procedures that are further explained in the Syllabus. The 5 levels of competence can be found in the Curriculum.

Examination fees

The total fee for the EBSQ examination in Endocrine Surgery is €550:

  • €175 for the Eligibility Assessment
  • €375 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 exam, a new attempt in the forthcoming exams is possible, the resit fee is €375.

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

The examination will be conducted in English and consists of two 50-60 min “viva voce sessions”, each session to be adjudicated by two examiners and consisting of two parts:

I. Clinical management problems (presented as cases) covered in the curriculum.
· Examination in Neck Endocrine Surgery: benign and malignant thyroid disease, primary, secondary and tertiary HPT
· Examination in Endocrine Surgery: thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, endocrine abdominal

In addition, basic science will be discussed in the context of the clinical problems presented

II. Discussion of two scientific papers sent to the candidates about two weeks before the exam

Failure to pass

Participation in any examination process, in itself, always encompasses the possibility of failure.

The assessments are based on a supranational system and are conducted objectively to the best of our knowledge – the main aim being that a uniform and high standard of endocrine surgical professionalism is maintained across Europe.

Participation in the assessments requires full and unconditional acceptance of all the terms of the examination. Submission of the completed application by the candidate is regarded as confirmation of full compliance with the above terms and conditions and the Core of Assessors cannot be liable for any ruling concluding that the candidate does not meet the required standards for the award of the EBSQ-endocrine fellowship.