EBSQ Examinations

Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery EBSQ Examinations

Next EBSQ Examination

DatePlaceApplication deadline
May 8th (written) and May 15th (oral)OnlineMarch 27th

Applications are now closed.

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.

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You didn’t succeed once in a previous session of EBSQ Examination in UpperGI Surgery and you want to give it another try?
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You were assessed eligible in a previous session of EBSQ Examination in UpperGI Surgery, you were not able to attend the Examination and you want to attend the 2023 session?
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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 specialty of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery offered by the “European Board of Surgery” and the “Division of UpperGI 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 – F.E.B.S. Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery.

The Fellowship of the UEMS is a significant high-level indication of professional competence and excellence.

The FEBS in UpperGI Surgery 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 UpperGI Surgery should be a future opinion leader in UpperGI surgery.

Examination organisation & rules

For details on the organisation and the rules attached to the EBSQ examination in Oesophagogastric Surgery, please read carefully the following 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 UpperGI Surgery is composed of the following documents.

Application documents checklist

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

Examination fees

The total fee for the EBSQ examination in UpperGI 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.

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

Cancellation & refund 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 includes a MCQ test with at least 100 items and an OSCE circuit with at least 6 stations.

The MCQ examination

The MCQ test includes up to 150 questions, not less than 100 questions. The time frame for the MC test is 3-5 hours.

In the MCQ session the candidates have to demonstrated sufficient knowledge of UpperGI surgery.

The MCQ-answers are selected by the committee from a catalogue respecting a numeric distribution following the “EBSQ UpperGI Blueprint” categories .

The question items may include relevant pictures (e.g. graphs, photographs, radiological pictures).

4 types of questions are used for the MCQ-test :

  • Apos type (1-2 answers out of 5 items, true)
  • Aneg type (single answer out of 5 items, false)
  • Kprim type (4 items, give true/false for each item)
  • E type (select between: 5 items: “+ because+”, “+/+”, “+/-“, “-/+”, “-/-“)

About 70% of question are A type (Aneg below 20%), about 15% are Kprim and about 5% are E type.

The type of the question is clear from the structure, the wording and the number and expression of items. For each correct answer in A and E questions 2 points are given. Three correct answers in a Kprim question are given 1 point.

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

The OSCE circuit examination

The purpose of the OSCE circuit is on process thinking and judgment and the focus is on decision making. The candidates are faced with cases and/or clinical pathways representing the breadth of UpperGI surgery. The circuit may include the evaluation of relevant manual skills (e.g. simulation).

The clinical pathways presented are structured beforehand and constitute common problems seen in UpperGI surgery practice. The cases follow real clinical situations; patients are anonymized.

In the OSCE circuit candidates should be able to answer not only what they would do and how, but why.

The circuit consists of a 6 stations (10 min each; total duration of circuit: 60 min) where candidates will be confronted with clinical situations.

Each candidate will visit each station where he/she will be 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, endoscopical and ultrasonography scans and pictures from typical clinical situations to interpret.

The candidates may also be asked to demonstrate practical abilities.

Results & failures

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 MCQ 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.

For more information on the Examination Format :

An unsuccessful candidate is entitled to another chance to take the exam that he/she failed within 24 months. After 24 months he/she must go through the eligibility assessment again.