EBSQ Examinations in Breast Surgery
|11-12 March 2016||Amsterdam, The Netherlands||31 December 2015|
|Application Form and Logbook for EBSQ Breast Surgery||Download|
|The European Breast Examination: Criteria for Selection of Examiners|
The number of examinees in each exam is limited. In this case, the applicants’ eligibility will be assessed on “first come - first served” basis after they complete the application steps and pay the fee. Please read the instructions carefully and submit all required documents to support your application. Please note that you should submit an UEMS Breast Surgery logbook provided at our website signed by your Supervisor / Professor / Department Head / Hospital Chief, whichever is relevant in your case. Please do not submit your hospital e-logbooks.
Please read the Instructions and the Eligibility Criteria carefully. After your application, if you are found to be not eligible, the eligibility assessment fee will not be reimbursed.
The Breast Surgery examination consists of a written and an oral part. The maximum score for the entire exam is 100 points with 60 points as the limit to pass.
The additional requirements are as follows:
The written examination consists of 50 multiple choice questions. Each question has 5 alternative answers, with "best of five" principle. No penalty points from wrong answers. Total time allocated is 90 minutes.
Q.: Which of the following statements is NOT correct:
A. Breast cancer is world widely the leading cause of death in women
B. The most frequent histological type of Breast Cancer is Ductal carcinoma
C. Triple negative breast cancer is not responding to hormonal therapy
D. SLNB is "standard of care" for cN0 patients
E. Post-mastectomy radiotherapy is needed in some patients
The first 20 questions are basic questions, 16 of these should be correctly answered.
The maximum score from the written exam is 40 points=0,8 points per correct answer. The minimum score to pass is 24 points= 30 correct answers including 16 correct answers from the 20 basic questions.
Only those who pass the written examination, are allowed to attend the oral examination.
The oral examination The oral examination consists of three 20 - 30 min tasks. Two tasks are clinical case discussions and the third is to evaluate a clinical research paper.
- Cases: details of a clinical case (patient's history, tumour histology etc. and sometimes imaging and pictures of clinical appearance of the patient) are given to the candidates at the time of the examination. Examiners will ask specific questions based on patient's data such as: what type of operation would you suggest and why, is radiotherapy needed in this case etc., and general questions related to issues arising from the case, such as: which are the indications for radiotherapy in patients undergoing mastectomy?
- The scientific paper is provided by email 2- 3 days before the examination. The candidates are allowed to have the paper with them during the examination. Questions are related to the purpose of the study, design, results etc.
The scientific paper will be provided by email 2- 3 days before the examination.
Each task has 10 questions scored 0-2.
The maximum score from the oral exam is 60 points and a minimum to pass is 30 points with a minimum of 10 points from each task.
To pass the entire examination
- the applicant has to pass both the oral and the written parts achieving at least altogether 60 points from the written and the oral examinations including- at least 24 points (30 correct answers) from the written examination with at least 16/20 basic questions correctly answered
- at least 10 points from each task in the oral examination
Those who score lower than 36 points in the oral examination have to score higher than 24 points in the written examination to be able to pass. A minimum of 60 points must be always achieved , eg if an applicant has the minimum score of 30 points in the oral examination, he/she must have achieved at least 30 points (=38 correct answers) in the written examination to pass the entire examination.
1) Profound knowledge in breast diseases (knowing local or national guidelines is not sufficient)
- epidemiology- aetiology
- diagnosis and staging- all aspects regarding surgical treatment
2) Basic knowledge in evidence based medicine
3) Basic knowledge in breast cancer biology
4) Basic knowledge in systemic and radiation treatment of breast malignancies
Those who fail the exam
Failing the written exam: New attempt in the forthcoming exams possible, fee 250 €.
Failing in the oral exam: New attempt in the forthcoming exams possible, fee 200 €.
Failing twice in the written exam:New attempt possible, but not earlier than 2 years after the last failure. Full 500 € fee, submission of documents regarding education and training after the last failed exam mandatory. The eligibility of the applicant will be evaluated according to the education and training after the last failed examination.
Failing twice in the oral exam after having passed the written exam.New attempt possible, but not earlier than 2 years after last failure. The written examination has to be passed before attending the oral examination. Full 500 € fee, submission of documents regarding education and training after the last failed exam mandatory. The eligibility of the applicant will be evaluated according to the education and training after the last failed examination.