EBSQ Examination

2019 EBSQ Surgical Oncology Exam in English language

The 2019 Surgical Oncology MCQ/written exam in English language will be held on June 21st, 2019 at several locations globally to increase accessibility. The exam will start at all sites simultaneously (shown local times are different due to the different time zones).  Please check your time carefully. The list of locations and the local times are in the table bellow:

Exam TypePlaceLocal LeadDate of the examTime (local)TimeZone
WrittenAthens, GreeceChristos Markopoulos21 June 201913:00-15:00EET
WrittenBasel, SwitzerlandWalter Weber21 June 201912:00-14:00CEST
WrittenBrussels, BelgiumAna Galan21 June 201912:00-14:00CEST
WrittenBudapest, HungaryZoltan Matrai21 June 201912:00-14:00CEST
WrittenCairo, EgyptOmar Omar / Mohamed El-Shinawi / Omar Youssef21 June 201912:00-14:00EET
WrittenHamburg, GermanyDaniel Perez21 June 201912:00-14:00CEST
WrittenIstanbul, TurkeyBahadir Gulluoglu21 June 201913:00-15:00TRT
WrittenKolkata, IndiaRosina Ahmed21 June 201915:30-17:30IST
WrittenLahore, PakistanFaisal Hanif21 June 201915:00-17:00PKT
WrittenLeiden, NetherlandsJos van der Hage21 June 201912:00-14:00CEST
WrittenLiverpool, UKHassan Malik21 June 201911:00-13:00BST
WrittenLjubljana, SloveniaIbrahim Edhemovic21 June 201912:00-14:00CEST
WrittenLondon, UKLynda Wyld / Tibor Kovacs21 June 201911:00-13:00BST
WrittenMadrid, SpainIsabel Rubio21 June 201912:00-14:00CEST
WrittenManchester, UKS Chatterjee21 June 201911:00-13:00BST
WrittenTurin, ItalySergio Sandrucci21 June 201912:00-14:00CEST

There is a strictly limited number of candidates per location and candidates are 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 written exam includes the questions from the following areas:

  • Breast
  • Sarcoma/Melanoma/Skin
  • Colorectal/Peritoneal surface malignancies
  • Upper GI
  • Hepato/Pancreato/Biliary
  • Endocrine
  • General Oncology

The 2019 Surgical Oncology oral exam will take place on October 12th, 2019 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, after the 39th Congress of the European Society of Surgical Oncology. 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 together with all other documents (which can be downloaded from the table below) in which they need to specify 3 sub-specialist areas of expertise. During the oral exam, examiners will select two areas out of the selected three which will form the focus of the oral examination. Please note that this applies ONLY for the oral exam. Written test includes questions from all above listed areas of expertise.

2019 EBSQ Surgical Oncology Exam in German Language

From year 2019, the UEMS offers the Surgical Oncology Exam also in German language. The 2019 Surgical Oncology exam in German language will take place on October the 1st (written exam) and October the 2nd (oral exam) in Wiesbaden, just before the "Viszeralmedizin 2019 congress".

There will be two groups of candidates:

The first group of candidates are the members of the German Association of Surgical Oncology (ACO) who completed one-year fellowship program of Surgical Oncology in Germany. In case of successful exam, they will receive both UEMS and ACO certificate.

The second group of candidates are the non-members of ACO. In case of successful exam, they will receive UEMS certificate but not the ACO certificate.

Both groups  will have the same exam in German language at the same place and time. The content and the course of the exam as well as the eligibility criteria are the same as in English language.

The number of candidates is limited and applicants will be served on first come - first served basis.

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 €600:

  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. €350 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 (€350) 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