EBSQ Examinations in General Surgery

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.

Eligibility is a prerequisite for the Examination.You can see all the details about the Eligibility criteria by accessing 'Eligibility' in the upper left-hand box of this page.

In addition, the Honorary Fellowship in General Surgery is conferred on Senior General Surgeons of high national and/or international repute, occupying advanced positions. Applications for the Honorary FEBS in General Surgery are assessed by the Eligibility Committee. Applicants may be declared Eligible or Not Eligible.

!!! EBSQ MALTA 2018 !!!! 

Information: Venue, dates and time:

The part I (MCQs in the Electronic format) will take place on the Wednesday 12th September 2018. Time: 13.00 to 17.00 local time.Candidates will be requested to be present at 11:00 for the Pre-exam procedures. Each candidate is required to bring his/her laptop with a USB port as well as all accessories for connecting to the power supply. Candidates are personally responsible for proper working condition of their laptops and accessories

The part II (OSCE Circuit) will be held on the 13th of September 2018. Time: Starts at 09:00 and will take the whole day depending on the number of candidates who pass the Part I and are therefore allowed to sit the Part II. Each OSCE group of candidates is requested to be present at the OSCE Examination venue, 90 minutes before their exam commences, i.e. the first group should be present at 07:30

NEW VENUE FOR THE UEMS EBSQ GENERAL SURGERY EXAMINATION on the 12th and 13th September 2018 (Dates and times are the same)

University of Malta Valletta Campus (Old University Building),  St.Paul's Street Valletta VLT 1216, Malta.
The Valletta Campus has two entrances, one on St. Paul Street and another on Merchants Street. The following map shows the exact location and the walking route (easy 10 minute walk) from the main Bus Terminus near the entrance to Valletta:

Candidates are advised to enter the Valletta Campus through the St Paul’s Street entrance. The exact sites for the Part 1 and Part 2 of the Examination will both be on the 2nd Floor and will be signposted.

Part 1 (MCQs) will be held in Lecture Room 3Part 2 (OSCE Circuit) will be held in Lecture rooms 1 and 2

The relative 2nd floor plan is provided below:

For the sake of the members of the Examination Team, what follows is the route from the Grand Hotel Excelsior Valletta to the University of Malta Valletta Campus:

This is an easy (and interesting) 15-minute walk. Everybody is strongly advised NOT to use any form of transport for this route. Motorised routes are much more complicated, take longer and parking as well as stopping the vehicle near the University of Malta Valletta Campus is next to impossible.

Note about the University of Malta Valletta Campus:
The Valletta Campus, which is housed in the Old University Building, dates back to the founding of the Collegium Melitense in 1592.

This Campus serves as a prestigious setting for the hosting of international conferences, seminars, short courses and summer schools. It is also the venue of the University's International Collaborative Programmes, the Research, Innovation & Development Trust (RIDT) and the Conferences & Events Unit.

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. It may also be held independently of these.

The EBSQ Gen. Surg. Examination Committee is supported by selected local representatives from the Scientific Societies and/or the national boards and authorities. 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 published on the updated website of the General Surgery Division for the particular year. 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, there may be changes in this respect and, upon special announcement, the written exam may also be offered in the national language of the country where it is held. 

The computerized MCQ-tests are 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 1 hour 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, and totally computerized. The written format will only be resorted to in the remote case of unpredictable technical failure of the IT format. The distribution of the content of the MCQs broadly follows the Blueprint. The great majority of the MCQs are of the Apos type (Best answer out of 5). A small minority may be of the Aneg type (Best answer out of 5, worded negatively). Sample questions are published on the website uemssurg.org.

Please access the updated Blueprint file further down.

- 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 threshold for passing Part 1 of the Examination is calculated as 65% of the 95th percentile. Candidates who fail part 1 of the UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination will not be allowed to sit Part 2 (OSCE Circuit).

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 (the Credentials Committee) may activated by the Executive at its discretion in case of any protest or recrimination. After the examination, the candidates may be asked to fill out a feedback form.

The Credentials Committee is the body within the UEMS Division of General Surgery which deals with Appeals. Appeals have to be lodged within six days of the communication of the final results of the corresponding UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination.

- 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 on the same day in a formal celebration. Fellows are advised to take good care of their diploma. New diplomas will not be issued in case of loss.

- IMPACT: The title "F.E.B.S. General Surgery" determines that the person successfully proved to have validated knowledge and skills that allow him/her to successfully cover the broad field of General Surgery in respect to the actual requirements of their relevant Body. At present, the qualification F.E.B.S. General Surgery 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. It is however an undoubted mark of excellence which should be an asset in a selection process. Recognition of Fellowship by the National Authorities is encouraged by the UEMS 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.



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.

Further advice

Dear UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination Candidates in Malta,

All candidates sitting the UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination are considered as mature and responsible colleagues. They are therefore expected to read the communications and the relevant parts of the UEMS Division of General Surgery Website in preparation for their trip to Malta for the UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination. We would like to provide you with some further advice so as to render process of Part 1 and Part 2 of the UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination Candidates in Malta as smooth as possible:

  • It is your responsibility to bring your own Laptop, complete with charger/power lead, and to see that it is in good working order. You will NOT be supplied with Laptops.
  • You will be supplied with power-point sockets to charge your Laptops, but it is your responsibility to bring your own power plug adaptors which are appropriate for the electrical sockets in Krakow. You can obtain this information through a Google search.
  • The Part 2 of the Examination as a whole as well as the subsequent evaluation, will take a long time. As a rough estimate, the results will be available on the 13th September 2018 between 17:00 and 1800. You will not know to which OSCE Circuit Group you have been assigned until the 13th of September 2017, because this will depend on your OSCE anonymization number.
  • The delivery of the EBSQ General Surgery Diplomas (FEBS) will be held at the Central Auditorium, Mater Dei Hospital, after the results of the Examination are published.
  • The timing of your arrival and departure flights is your responsibility. The Examination Committee cannot assure you that adjustments will be possible to accommodate any faulty travel and time planning on your part.
  • You are subsequently strongly advised that you plan your return flight taking into account the above time constraints. This is again your responsibility. It would be best not to cut it fine and plan your return flight not earlier than the morning of the 28th September 2017.
  • The following is some useful information:

In Malta the power sockets are of type G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Which power plugs and sockets in Malta?

In Malta the power sockets are of type G. Check out the following pictures. When living in the United Kingdom you don't need a power plug adapter in Malta. Your power plugs fit.Your appliances with plug G fit.

Type G: This socket has no alternative plugs

You are advised to find an adapter with which you can use the plugs of your particular appliance and which can be plugged into a Type G socket described above. The following are possible electrical socket adaptors you may consider for use in Malta, but many other brands are available:

But travel plug adapters do not change the voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 220-240 volts the socket is supplying. North American sockets supply electricity at between 110 and 120 volts, far lower than in most of the rest of the world. Consequently, North American appliances are generally built for 110-120 volts. 

It is your responsibility to ensure that your Laptop functions properly under these conditions. Remember that your autonomous laptop battery life may not last the whole duration of the Examination and that it may need recharging or continuous charging.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: If a candidate postpones or is forced to cancel participation at the UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination, what is the Cancellation Policy?

A: If a candidate (who has previously been declared eligible) and paid all the fees, decides or is forced to postpone or miss the Examination for any valid reason, he/she will not pay the Eligibility Fee. An administration fee of Euro 90 only will be charged to cover the administrative costs of the re-sit. The rest of the Examination Fee is not charged.
If the candidate has already made the second payment, an extra 90 Euros Administration Fee only will be charged to postpone the Examination.

If the candidate has not made the second payment, the charge for sitting the examination at a different date than the one originally planned will be the Examination Fee for the eventual Examination plus Euro 90.

In any case, the  Eligibility fee and the Examination Fee  are not refundable.

Q: Do candidates require a laptop with a CD-reader?

A: We shall not be using CDs. You shall receive your 150 MCQs directly from Sweden. There is a very remote possibility that the use of a USB (Pen-drive) might become necessary. So you are advised to bring a laptop with a corresponding USB port because of that extremely unlikely possibility.

Q: When and where shall I be given the necessary WIFI code, password and log-in code for the Part 1 (MCQs)?

A: Once you arrive early for the Part 1, you will be provided with these.

Q: Where could I find examples of the type of MCQ that will be used?

A: At the European Board of Surgery Website / Assessment Quality Requirements / page 19

Q: If a candidate postpones or is forced to cancel participation at the UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination, what is the cancellation policy?

A: If the candidate (previously declared eligible and all the fees paid) decides or is forced to postpone or miss the Examination for any valid reason, he/she will not pay the Eligibility Fee. An administration Fee of 90 Euros only will be charged to cover the administrative costs of the re-sit. the rest of the Examination Fee is not charged.

If the candidate has already made the second payment, an extra 90 Euros Administration Fee only will be charged to postpone the Examination.

If the candidate has not made the second payment, the charge of sitting the Examination at a different date than the one originally planned, will then be the (normal) Examination Fee for the eventual Examination plus 90 Euros.

In any case, the Eligibility and the xamination Fees are not refundable



We wish you success in your examination, academic and career progress.

Best regards,

Arthur Felice       Joseph Weerts

Application Documents, Forms and Logbook for EBSQ General Surgery
Checklist for Eligibility EBSQ General Surgeryexcel icon
General Surgery Application Form word icon

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


How to become an examiner

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
E-mail: office@uemssurg.org

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