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Application Form and Portfolio + Logbook for ESHI Transplant Immunology

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The European Specialisation in Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (H&I) (ESHI) Diploma

Background
In 2015 a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Union Europeenne des Medecins Specialistes (UEMS) and the European Federation for Immunogenetics (EFI) to create a partnership to promote the quality of medical and scientific practice in the field of Transplantation Immunology. This is being achieved via a structured high level training scheme and examination in Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (the European Specialisation in H&I (ESHI) Diploma). The European Board of Transplant Immunology (EBTI) within the Division of Transplantation of the UEMS was created in 2012. This body aims to promote the highest standards of training for transplant immunologists working in the field of H&I. The EBTI operates as part of the Division of Transplantation under the UEMS Section of Surgery and the European Board of Surgery (EBS). The EBTI, a not-for-profit organisation, operates in close collaboration with EFI.

European Specialisation in H&I (ESHI) Diploma
The EBTI has responsibility for the development and maintenance of a syllabus or curriculum for 'higher' training in Transplantation Immunology and H&I throughout Europe. There is no aspiration to replace existing qualifications in those countries that already have relevant qualifications, but the drive has been to create something suitable for the many European countries that have no specific training in H&I at this level. There are two parts to the ESHI Diploma; Part I involves providing evidence of eligibility to be examined and Part II is the examination itself. To show proof of eligibility a candidate has to show evidence of completion of training in all pertinent areas contained within the syllabus and that they have worked within clinical H&I for at least 5 years for science graduates and 3 years if they are medically qualified. Existing qualifications (such as RCPath in H&I in the UK, Fachimmungenetiker-DGI in Germany, Opleidingseisen Medische Immunologie in the Netherlands and Especialidad de Immunologia in Spain), higher degrees and publications, although not mandatory, will strengthen the application. Eligibility to go forward for the examination will be assessed by the EBTI. The examination itself will be an oral exam, with 3-4 examiners, with questions covering all areas of the syllabus relevant to the application as well as questions on case studies and a recent publication given to the candidate prior to the exam. The exam will be provided twice a year, if demand requires; once at the EFI Conference and another date around the time of the EFI Autumn meeting. The cost of the whole process will be 400€; 200€ will cover the Part I eligibility assessment and 200€ will cover the examination. If a candidate does not proceed to examination then 200€ will be returned to them.

Documentation
Two documents are available on this page; i) the ESHI Diploma Syllabus (the Portfolio document which includes the logbook of areas to be covered) gives more details of the process of the application and examination and ii) the application form for the Diploma.


Quality
The success of the ESHI Diploma and the whole training process to develop the 'next generation' of H&I scientists, depends on the credibility of the examination and the resultant qualification. The examination process will be subject to quality control through existing systems within UEMS. It is envisaged that the ESHI Diploma will become a recognised and necessary part of the development of scientists working in H&I as they progress into senior positions within European laboratories.

David Turner
Secretary of EBTI and Chair of the EFI Education Committee

Marco Andreani
Chair of EBTI