How to prepare?

The EBS believes that the best preparation for the examination is to "practice" taking MCQ tests and oral examinations. You should ask a colleague, preferably a board-certified surgeon, to question you in several sessions over a longer period. Practice not only the content of your answers, but focus on presenting your decision-making process in a clear, logical manner. Your trainer should probe deeply enough into your answers  to make certain that you provide adequate information, and should critique your answers with regard to promptness, clarity, logic, and evidence of problem-solving ability.

Once you have passed the Eligibility and are registered for the Examination, you will be assigned an exact day, time and place for you to be present for a candidates' briefing. You may base your travel plans on this information. Your actual examination will take place in the afternoon of day 1 and morning of day 2 based on your briefing assignment. Assignment of candidates is done randomly, candidates may not request a specific date or time.

No books, papers, briefcases or electronic devices may be brought into the examination sessions. You will not need to take extra notes during the sessions.

The fellowship does not implicate automatic allowance to work at own responsibility and does not automatically enhance participation in national social security systems of the E.U.

The future perspective of this European diploma is to been seen in unanimous legalislation within the on-going project of the European standardisation process of medical education.

Wolfgang Feil
President of the European Board of Surgery
Honorary & Foundation President of the Division of General Surgery