EBSQ Examination

Schedule and Application

EBSQ Examinations in Breast Surgery

Exam Type Place Date Time (local) Application deadline
Written London, UK 23 June 2017 13:00 31 May 2017
Written Budapest, Hungary 23 June 2017 14:00 31 May 2017
Written Athens, Greece 23 June 2017 15:00 31 May 2017
Oral Naples, Italy 01 October 2017 tbd* 15 July 2017

* To be determined

Application Form and Logbook for EBSQ Breast Surgery Download
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Exam Venue Addresses:

LONDON: New Hunts House Library (New Hunt's House, Newcomen St, London SE1 1UL, UK)

BUDAPEST: National Institute of Oncology, Ráth Gyorgy u. 7-9, 1122 Budapest, Hungary

ATHENS: Faculty of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 75, M. Assias Street (Goudi), Athens 115 27, Greece

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.

Please indicate when you apply through the link the examination centre of your choice; as the number of candidates for each centre is limited (15 candidates in each centre), applications will be assessed on “first come - first served” basis. If you wish, you may also indicate on your application your 2nd preference as well and we will contact you in case the centre you apply for is already full by the time you submit your application and there is availability in your 2nd preference. Otherwise, you will have priority in the waiting list for the next e-exam in the centre of your 1st choice.

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 23rd of June will be allowed to take the “oral” exam in Naples, Italy on 1st of October in order to successfully qualify for the EBSQ in Breast Surgery diploma. In the case of a candidate who passed the written exam on 23rd of June but, for any reason, does not apply to attend the oral exam in Naples, she/he can take the oral exam which follows during the next year only. If you originally apply for the oral exam in Naples, cancelation of your participation (for medical reasons only) may be accepted until 1 month before the exam (1st of September).

Please note that there will be no written exam in Naples, Italy on 1st October 2017!

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 15th 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