Dear representatives of the institutional members,
Dear ESTES members

As you perhaps may have heard, for the first time an EBSQTrauma (European Board of Surgery Qualification in Trauma) exam will be held at ECTES 2016 in Vienna. This exam exists since 1999 and was annually organized at the DGU, later DKOU meeting. We are very happy that the decision has been taken to offer such an exam at ECTES, as this will strengthen the role of ESTES for the quality and harmonization of trauma care in Europe. Parallel to the EBSQTrauma exam and also for the first time, the EBSQEmergency Surgery exam will take place at ECTES 2016 in Vienna as well. The executive board of ESTES decided to organize a preparatory day for all possible candidates of the EBSQTrauma exam. This one-day event with state-of-the-art lectures will be called “Fit for Europe”, as it will help the candidates for the exam to refresh their knowledge in traumatology. Also residents and specialists, who are not applying for the exam, are welcome to attend the refresher course. We especially would like to focus on colleagues from East-European countries. The course will only be accessible after inscription and payment of a 100,-€ fee. For the moment, there will not be a script of the presentations available. The day is structured in eight lectures of 45 minutes with 15 minutes of questions and answers. There will be four lectures in the morning and four in the afternoon. Thoracic trauma (25 minutes) and traumatic brain injury (20 minutes) will be combined into one 45 minutes lecture. Please have a look at the provisional program of this day with the subjects and names of referents. May I kindly ask you to promote this course among your younger colleagues and residents, who are interested in taking the EBSQTrauma exam or who are preparing for an international career in traumatology? Attached to this mail, there will be an application form, which has to be filled in and sent back to the ESTES office in Vienna. Thank you for your cooperation in spreading this important news among your ESTES members and the coming trauma surgery generation.

Pol M. Rommens

ESTES Secretary-General