EBSQ Examination

2018 EBSQ Examinations in Surgical Oncology

The MCQ/written exam will be held at several locations globally to increase accessibility. The exam will start at all sites simultaneously (local times are different due to the different time zones.) That is the June 22nd, 2018, at 11:00 (British Summer Time). Please check your time carefully. The list of locations and the local times are in the table bellow:

PlaceDateLocal Time and Time Zone

Athens, Greece

June 22, 2018

13:00-15:00 EEST

Brussels, Belgium

June 22, 2018

12:00-14:00 CEST

Budapest, Hungary

June 22, 2018

12:00-14:00 CEST

Cairo, Egypt

June 22, 2018

12:00-14:00 EET

Calcutta, India

June 22, 2018

15:30-17:30 IST

Istanbul, Turkey

June 22, 2018

13:00-15:00 TRT

London, UK

June 22, 2018

11:00-13:00 BST

Ljubljana, Slovenia

June 22, 2018

12:00-14:00 CEST

Vienna, Austria

June 22, 2018

12:00-14:00 CEST

There is a strictly limited number of candidates per location and candidates will be asked to specify their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice when they apply on line. The Exam-Site-Choice entry form can be downloaded from the table bellow. Filled form must be uploaded together with all other documents. The candidates will be allocated on a first-comefirst-served basis during the first week of May.

The 2018 Surgical Oncology oral exam will take place in Budapest (Hungary) on October 13, the next day after the ESSO 38 Congress. Only candidates who passed the written exam will be invited to take the oral exam.

Candidates are asked to fill and upload the Sub-Specialist-Area entry form in which they need to specify 2 sub-specialist areas of expertise which will form the focus of the oral examination.

EBSQ Application

EBSQ Examinations in Surgical Oncology

Please submit your application via this E-Portfolio only (use "apply" button). Hard copy (paper) applications sent by email or regular mail are no more supported. All scanned documents must be in pdf format, properly oriented.

Application Form, Logbook, Exam-Site-Choice entry form,
Sub-Specialist-Area entry form
and Instructions how to apply for the EBSQ exam in Surgical Oncology
Application form (Word, PDF)word icon 
Logbook (Word, PDF) pdf icon
Instructions how to apply (PDF)pdf icon 
Exam-Site-Choice entry form (Word)word icon
Sub-Specialist-Area entry form (Word)word icon 

Eligibility Criteria for EBSQ Surgical Oncology Examination (May 18th, 2015)

  1. Each candidate must hold a current licence to practise as a general surgeon at the time of the examination.  
  2. Each candidate must have received certificate of specialist training from a European Union or associated country. Since 2010, candidates trained outside Europe are entitled to apply for the examination. A COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION OF TRAINING MUST BE ENCLOSED WITH THE APPLICATION  
  3. Each candidate must be able to demonstrate that he/she had worked for a minimum of two years in a designated oncology centre specialising in surgical oncology*

    (*or a minimum of three years if this experience was not in a designated oncology centre or had followed a surgical oncology clinical fellowship of one year’
    or a specialist training of one year working as a surgeon in a recognised oncology related field
    or a surgical oncology research fellowship plus two years in a clinical surgical oncology setting)
    In addition to a completed application form and a curriculum vitae candidates will be required to submit a letter from their Head of Department supporting the application.  
  4. A log book of operative procedures in surgical oncology, covering a period of at least three years, including information on whether the candidate was first assistant (A), principal surgeon assisted by Trainer (B) or principal surgeon not assisted by trainer (C) must be included with this application. Please note that at the beginning of the logbook, all operations must be grouped, sorted and counted by the type of operation and position of the candidate (e.g.: modified radical mastectomy – first assistant – 4 operations, low anterior resection – principal surgeon – 3 operations and so on). Without this, log book will not be accepted. The list of operative procedures must be signed and stamped by the appropriate trainer.

Examination fee and payment details

The cost of applying for the EBSQ in Surgical Oncology is €500:

  1. €250 for the Eligibility Assessment which must be paid at the time of application and which is non refundable in case of non-selection or withdrawal.
  2. €250 for the Examination which must be paid within two weeks following confirmation of selection. Candidates will be informed about the exact deadline for this in the near future.

Cancelation and refund policy: refund of the examination fee (€250) is only permitted if the UEMS is notified of cancellation at least 6 weeks in advance of the date of the exam. Candidates who cancel after this period will not be eligible for a refund as the UEMS will have incurred non refundable costs in arranging examiners at this point.   Candidates requiring a visa should bear this in mind and apply for their visa in good time.  

Candidates who cancel having passed the eligibility assessment will be able to apply for the exam within the  following 2 years without paying the eligibility assessment fee again.  Candidates who fail the exam may resit within 2 years without undergoing a further eligibility assessment/eligibility fee but will have to pay the examination fee (€250) each time they resit.

Further details can be found in the Instructions on how to apply, which can be downloaded from the above link. Payments must be made via Paypal