1. Eligibility criteria
All applicants must 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.
2. Certificate of specialist training.
Candidates must provide a certified copy of a valid Certificate of Specialist training (CCST) or equivalent certificate issued by the relevant body governing the legal CCST. Candidates must also show that a minimum of 2 years have been spent in approved neck endocrine surgical training posts. The training should be approved by the national training authority (see application form).
The examination will be taken in English.
4. Format for examination.
Part 1 will be an evaluation of application and registration in the official EBSQ office.
Part 2 will be conducted in English and consists of two or three viva voce sessions, each session to be adjudicated by two examiners. The sessions will include basic and clinical issues as well as scientific problems. The location of the part 2 examination can be seen on the application form.
Application should be done on the application form. In addition to the CCST, the log book and a CV should be attached to the application. This CV should include scientific activities. Furthermore two publications or abstracts must accompany application as pdf or word file. The application should be sent in a signed original to the address on the application form and in addition sent by email to the 2 addresses on the form.
6. Log book.
Log book addendum should include a minimum of the procedures defined in the curriculum and follow these notes.
- Record the date of each procedure performed together with the patient’s hospital number and birth year
- An “assisted” procedure is defined as an operation where you assisted a Specialist Endocrine Surgeon.
- A “performed” procedure is defined as an operation performed by you with the assistance of your Specialist trainer.
- 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.
Candidates are requested to pay fees to cover administrative and examination costs. 350 Euro must be paid to the EBSQ office upon submission of the application, see instructions on the form. This sum is to cover total costs for the part 1 application, official registration and the part 2 examination.
8. 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 diploma.
Questions concerning examination in endocrine surgery could be directed to the chairman of the Board Antonio Sitges-Serra ASitges@imas.imim.es or the Chairman of the Division Anders Bergenfelz email@example.com