EBSQ Examinations

Application for Board Fellowship 

To apply for certification as Fellow of the European Board of Surgery (F.E.B.S.) in the "transferable competency" General Surgery offered by the "European Board of Surgery" and the "Division of General Surgery" a candidate has to undergo a two-step quality validation process: Eligibility and Examination.

A candidate successfully passing the examination will be qualified as

"Fellow of the European Board of Surgery - F.E.B.S." General Surgery

The Fellowship of the UEMS is a significant high-level indication of professional competence and excellence. It basically reflects the ongoing important European standardisation, harmonisation and quality assurance process in medicine.

All details about the Eligibility process, application forms and precise information about the Examination are published on the homepage of the Section of Surgery of the UEMS.

Eligibility is a prerequisite for the Examination.

In addition Honorary Fellowship Diploma may be awarded to academic and/or senior surgeons in advanced position on invitation, on personal recommendation and on request at the discretion of the Division and Board.

Venue of the 2017 EBSQ General Surgery Examination

Both Part 1 (MCQs) and Part 2 (OSCE Circuit) of the UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination will be held at the Conference Centre Faculty of Medicine JUMS. Address: 16 Sw. Lazarza Str., PL 31-530 Krakow, Poland.

!!!Update August 2017 !!!:

The UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination (Board Exam),is subject of comprehensive revision and continuous development. The Board Examination (B.E.) takes place at least annually in cooperation with surgical meetings, e.g. in collaboration with the Meeting of the Section and Board of Surgery, the Congress of the European Society of Surgery (ESS) or in cooperation of any other scientific meetings.

The EBSQ Gen. Surg. Examination Committee is supported by selected local representatives from the Scientific Societies and/or the national boards and authorities. On the other hand, the Examination is subject to Internal and External Quality Assurance processes including that by UEMS-CESMA.

Date, location and languages of the UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination are at the discretion of the Committee. This and further details about the next Board Exam(s) are published on the Board website www.uemssurg.org.

To date, the Board Exam (B.E.) has been held in English. In the future, and upon special additional annoucement, the exam may also be offered in the national language of the country where it is held. In such case, the content and the procedure of the B.E. are identical in the provided language(s). In other instances, the Executive may offer a B.E. in English with translation in the local language. Translation of the MCQ-test (see later) would be on candidates request, and this would also be provided to the whole audience to ensure equity. Possible translation in the OSCE-circuit (see later) is only intended to reduce and overcome wording and articulation difficulties for the candidates.

From coming September onward, the computerized MCQ-tests will be organised with the help of a Swedish company that is in charge of the software.


- The candidates must prove their identity (valid passport) at the board exam venue

- Mobile phones, communications aids of any sort, as well as other types of cheating are strictly forbidden throughout the B.E. Cheating is subject to immediate termination of the exam and definitive exclusion of the candidate.

- Part 1 (MCQs) of the UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination, which is carried out in an Electronic format in collaboration with a commercial online exam platform, requires that ALL candidates bring along their own laptops. They are responsible for the proper function of their laptops.

- Opening of any other windows than the ORTRAC interface is forbidden, this could lead to disqualification. 

- Candidates are instructed to arrive at the venue 1hour 30 minutes before commencement of Part 1 and Part 2 of the Exam. For assistance (bathroom visits, etc.) candidates should raise their hand and await for an invigilator's help.

- Anonymisation: prior to the exam, the candidates are briefed and anonymized by the Chairperson or a representative of the executive. They draw numbers and receive stickers for the evaluation form. The numbers also reflect the starting time for the OSCE circuit. The candidates stay anonymized during the whole examination process and during the evaluation. Personal data are synchonized after the evaluation process is concluded. All documents for the exam are prepared and printed out previously. The evaluation forms with the candidates' stickers and the actual scoring are collected after being signed by the 2 examiners from each station. The scoring is recorded by the Chairperson and the results calculated. The result of the Board Exam is announced within 1 hour after the end of the last circuit.

Part 1 - MCQ test: is a Multiple Choice Question test with up to 150 questions, lasting FOUR hours, totally computarized by now.The MCQ-answers are selected by the Committee from a catalog respecting a numeric distribution following the "Blueprint GenSurg" categories. 4 types of questions are used for the MCQ-test: 1. Apos type (one single answer true out of 5 items), 2.  Aneg type (one single answer false out of 5 items), 3. Kprim type (4 items, give true/false for each item), 4. E type (select between 5 items: "+ because+", "+/+","+/-", "-/+", "-/-"). The vast majority of questions are Apos type. Sample questions are published on the website uemssurg.org.

- Part 2 - OSCE circuit: is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination made of 6 Stations. Each candidate spends 10 minutes at each station, which means 60 minutes to do the whole Circuit. At the OSCE stations, candidates will be introduced to clinical scenarios and asked related relevant questions. The circuit may include all types of investigations (laboratory, Xray, CT, MRI, Ultrasanography images from typical clinical situations) to be interpreted. The candidates may also be asked to demonstrate practical abilities. The individual candidate time schedule is established after the MCQ-test (6 candidates per hour maximum).

Candidates should arrive one hour prior to their randomly assigned starting time. After finishing their circuit, the candidates should gather and wait separated from the pre-OSCE candidates until the last round of the circuit has started. Sample stations are published on the website uemssurg.org.

Candidates should realise that Part 2 of the Examination will last a number of hours depending on the number of candidates. Candidates should ensure that their return flights will not prejudice their timing for the OSCE Circuit. They are advised to plan their return flight not before the following morning after Part 2 and conferment of certificates.

- WEIGHTING of Parts 1 and 2: the relative weighting for each part is 50% each. 

The treshold for passing Part 1 is calculated according to the Cohen Standard Setting.

The standard setting pass-mark for the entire examination (Parts 1 + 2) is set now as 75% of the 95th percentile. This will vary according to the difficulty of the questions and the cohort of candidates. It will always be distinctly lower than the 75% threshold previously used and is more advantageous for the candidates.

- RESULTS: The decision of the Board of Examiners is final and is not subject to appeal. An unsuccessful candidate is entitled to 3 other chances to take the failed exam. A review committee (usually the Credentials Committee) may be formed by the Executive at their discretion in case of any protest or recrimination. After the examination, the candidates may be asked to fill out a feedback form.

- SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES (Eligibility + Examination) are awarded the title of "Fellow of the European Board of Surgery - General Surgery" or "F.E.B.S. / GenSurg" and are provided with the relevant diploma the same day in a formal celebration.

- IMPACT: The title "F.E.B.S./GenSurg" determines that the person successfully proved to have validated knowledge and skills that in most cases exceed the requirements for the national CCSTs and allow him/her to successfully cover the broad field of General Surgery in respective to the actual requirements of their relevant Body. At present, the qualification F.E.B.S./GenSurg has NO automatic legal recognition to practice in the E.U. or any other country. The fellowship does NOT implicate automatic allowance to work independently and does not automatically enhance participation in national social security systems of the E.U. Individual recognition recognition of qualifications by the national authorities is supported by the EBSQ committee, and the number of countries officially adopting the Board Exam is continuously rising. The acceptance status of a Board Exam is published on the website uemssurg.org.

The future perspective of this European diploma is to be seen in unanimous legalization within the ongoing project of the European standardization process of medical education.

Arthur Felice. Joseph Weerts.


The Examination Committee reserves the right to cancel a certain Examination for any valid reason which could include an insufficient number of applicants at the time of the application deadline. Candidates are therefore advised not to book their travel arrangements before the closing date for applications.

Application Documents, Forms and Logbook for EBSQ General Surgery
General Surgery Application Form
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Eligibility Criteria for General Surgery Board Fellowship

Honorary Fellowship General Surgery Eligibility Criteria

General Surgery Blueprint

General Surgery Logbook
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General Surgery Examination

General Surgery Rationale

General Surgery Syllabus

General Surgery Knowledges and Skills

MCQ Board Examination sample questions

General Surgery Information EBS


Please submit your application via E-Portfolio only (use "apply" button).
Paper application is no more supported. 

Address of the EBSQ office:
European Board of Surgery Qualification (EBSQ)
EBSQ General Surgery
Rue de l'Industrie, 24 
1040 Brussels 
BELGIUM Tel: +32 (0)2 649 51 64 | Fax: +32 (0)2 640 37 30

Examination fee and payment details

The fees of 800 Euros are for application for Eligibility (350 Euros) and Examination (450 Euros) for the European Diploma in General Surgery.

Please pay by PayPal 350 € as eligibility fee first and a further 450 € after approval for the examination

President of the European Board of Surgery