The Fellowship (F.E.B.S.) provided by the European Board of Surgery is a relatively young qualification. By that it is understandable, that senior surgeons with undoubtedly significant experience in advanced positions will individually refrain from undergoing the Eligibilty process and the Board Exam. Nevertheless they would proudly take the benefit from the qualification itself.
However, it is the purpose of the executive, to establish the Fellowship qualification as European standard. This lead to the decision to provide a "Honorary Diploma" for experienced surgeons.
Senior MIS surgeons in advanced position may apply for an Honorary Diploma of the European Board of Surgery (MIS).
Colleagues are eligible to apply only if they have a minimum of 10 consecutive years of practice and/or experience in formally recognised National Health Service or University posts.
A complete application must include:
Applications will then be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Division: three members, one from the Executive, one from the Country of the applicant and a third form a country different from that of the applicant.
The recommendation will then be presented to the executive, who will decide on approval or rejection.
Honorary fellows may apply to serve as examiners in future Board Exams or they may be invite to serve as examiners at their discretion.