EBSQ Examination

Schedule and Application

EBSQ Examinations in Breast Surgery

Exam TypePlace Local LeadDate Time (local)Application deadline TimeZone
WrittenAthens, GreeceChristos Markopoulos22 June 201813:00-15:0030 April 2018EEST
WrittenBudapest, HungaryZoltan Matrai22 June 201812:00-14:0030 April 2018CEST
WrittenBrussels, BelgiumAna Galan22 June 201812:00-14:0030 April 2018CEST
WrittenCairo, EgyptOmar Omar & Mohamed El-Shinawi22 June 201812:00-14:0030 April 2018EET
WrittenIstanbul, TurkeyBahadir Gulluoglu22 June 201813:00-15:0030 April 2018TRT
WrittenLondon, UKLynda Wyld & Tibor Kovacs22 June 201811:00-13:0030 April 2018BST
WrittenVienna, AustriaMichael Gnant22 June 201812:00-14:0030 April 2018CEST
WrittenCalcutta, IndiaRosina Ahmed22 June 201815:30-17:3030 April 2018IST
WrittenLlubjana, SloveniaJanez Jgaznar22 June 201812:00-14:0030 April 2018CEST
OralLille, France 30 September 2018 10 July 2018 
Application Form and Logbook for EBSQ Breast Surgery Download
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European Breast Examination Timetable and Practical Arrangements for 2018

There will be one oral and one written exam only in 2018.

MCQ/Written Examination:

The written exam will take place on the 22nd June 2018.

The deadline for receipt of applications for the written exam is the 30th April 2018.  

Venue for the written exam:

The written exam will be held at a number of locations globally to increase accessibility.  

The above given table contains the list of locations and the local time at which the exam will take place. Please note that these vary and have been standardized to coincide with 11.00-13.00 hours in the UK (British Summer Time). Please check your time carefully.

Details on precise locations will be issued shortly, once candidates have been approved as eligible and their preferred choice of venue confirmed. Maps and instructions of how to reach each venue will be sent out in the first week in May. The same exam will take place on-line in all venues. Computers will be provided at each venue so there is no need for candidates to bring their own laptops.  

The language of the exam will be in English at ALL venues.

There is a strict limit on 15 candidates per location and candidates are asked to specify their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice when they apply on line and will be notified of their allocated exam centre in the first week of May in time to book travel. Preference will be given according to date of application for the exam if more than 15 candidates apply in a single centre.

The Oral Examinatiion

The oral exam will take place on the 30th of September in Lille, France.

Candidates will be notified if they have passed the written exam and are eligible to take the oral exam within 2 weeks of sitting the written exam and MUST register and pay to sit the oral exam before 10th of July 2018.  There is a strict limit of 40 candidates for the oral exam so late applicants will be passed on to the exam the following year.

How to reach Lille

Lille is very easy to reach from everywhere in Europe. See below the options we can propose:

1 – By plane to Lille airport, and from there a shuttle (8€) or a taxi (25€-30€) to Lille city center. It takes around 20’-25’ to reach the center of the town. Please click here for all the information regarding Lille airport.

2 – By train (TGV, Eurostar or Intercity) from Brussels National Airport (Zaventem). You will need to take a first train (15’) from the airport to Brussels Midi train station and then a TGV, Eurostar or Intercity train to Lille. The trip will take you between 40’ and 1h.30 depending on the train you take. Please click here for further information. Both train stations in Lille (Lille Flandre or Lille Europe) are convenient.

3 – By bus from Charleroi airport (Belgium). The trip will take you around 1h.30. Please click here for further information.

4 – By Eurostar from London St Pancras. The trip takes 1h.30. Please click here for further information.

5 – By plane to Paris-Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and from there a train to Lille Europe or to Lille Flandres. The trip takes 1 hour. Please click here for further information.

6 – By direct train from Amsterdam. The trip takes 2h.30. Please click here for further information.

Standard of the Examination

The European Breast examination is designed to test whether a candidate has the appropriate level of skills and knowledge to practice as a newly appointed specialist breast surgeon in a European Country (at completion of specialist training).  

A detailed syllabus and eligibility criteria for the exam are available to download from the website on the links below.      

A textbook is available that covers most issues relating to management of breast cancer but please note that candidates must also be able to manage benign breast diseases and reconstructive issues such as implant diagnostics and management which are not covered in this text.

Candidates who have applied and paid the fee for the exam will be eligible for a 15% discount on the book and will be issued with a discount code which may be used to purchase the book from the publisher’s (Springer) website.

https://www.springer.com/gb/book/9783319566719?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwLCQ6Ymo2AIVKijTCh0qJwTbEAQYAiABEgLrEfD_BwE

All profits from the sale of the book go towards running and developing the European Breast Exam.

Important information, please read carefully:

The EBSQ Examination consists of two parts: Part A (written part) and Part B (oral part). A candidate has to “pass” both parts in order to be qualified for the “EBSQ in Breast Surgery” Diploma.

The “written” exam (Multiple Choice Questions) is internet based and is run simultaneously at all centres. PCs are provided by the Division (there is no need to bring your own laptop) and all candidates answer the same 50 MCQs but in random, different order for each one.

The “passing score” of the written exam is calculated automatically each time using an international standard setting procedure (Cohen Method) which takes into account the marks obtained by the best performing students as a reference point defining the difficulty of the exam. The “pass mark” is fixed as a pre-set percentage of this reference point mark. Approximately a 55-60% of MCQs have to be answered correctly in order to “pass” the written exam. Results are provided via email approximately within one week after the examination date.

You should arrive at the place of your examination centre approximately 1 hour before the exam, bringing with you an ID with a photo for identification.

All candidates who will pass the written exam on 22nd of June will be allowed to take the “oral” exam in order to successfully qualify for the EBSQ in Breast Surgery diploma. In the case of a candidate who passed the written exam on 22nd of June but, for any reason, does not apply to attend the oral exam, she/he can take the oral exam which follows during the next year only. If you originally apply for the oral exam, cancelation of your participation (for medical reasons only) may be accepted until 1 month before the exam.

The total fee for the exam is 600 Euros. However, if you wish, you only need at this point to transfer to UEMS account the fee of 300 Euros (100 Euros for eligibility check and 200 Euros for the written examination); you can pay the rest later (the fee for the oral exam is 300 Euros) but before 10th of July. After your application, if you are found to be not eligible, the eligibility assessment fee will not be reimbursed. Examination fees should be transferred to UEMS by PayPal only. Important: please make sure that all PayPal transfer cost has to be covered by the applicant; the net fee of 300 Euros each time should be credited to UEMS account on your behalf. Please clearly indicate in your transfer your full name and that the fee is for the EBSQ in Breast Surgery examination. In case you experience any difficulty with your PayPal payment you may contact the UEMS Office (office@uemssurg.org).


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 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.

Example:

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

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.


- at least 10 points from each task in the oral examination


The requirements

1) Profound knowledge in breast diseases (knowing local or national guidelines is not sufficient)

- epidemiology- aetiology


- prevention

- 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 200 €.


Failing in the oral exam: New attempt in the forthcoming exams possible, fee 300 €.


Failing twice

Failing twice in the written exam:New attempt possible, but not earlier than 2 years after the last failure. Full 600 € 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 600 € 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.

Guidelines on the standards for the training of specialised health professionals dealing with breast cancerpdf icon