Curriculum

Emergency Surgery Curriculum

The UEMS Emergency Surgery curriculum is available here:
The eligibility criteria are available here:

Suggested Reading List

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but candidates should get a good understanding of the focus of the examination from reading these sources:

Acute Care Surgery. Britt LD, Peitzman A, Barie P, Jurkovich G (Eds). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2012.
Acute Care Surgery: A Guide for General Surgeons Gracias V, McKenney M, Reilly P & Velmahos G (Eds). McGraw Hill Medical 2009.
Common Problems in Acute Care Surgery. Moore LJ, Turner KL, Todd SR (Eds.). Springer 2013.
Core Topics in General & Emergency Surgery, 5th Edition – Companion to Specialist Surgical Practice. S Paterson-Brown (Ed) Saunders Ltd 2013.
Current Therapy of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, 2nd Edition. Ascensio JA & Trunkey DD (Eds). Elsevier 2016.
Essential US for Trauma: E-FAST (Ultrasound for Acute Care Surgeons) Zago MP (Ed). Springer 2014.
Emergency Surgery Course (ESC®) Manual – The Official ESTES/AAST Guide. Fingerhut A, Leppäniemi A, Coimbra R, Peitzman AB, Scalea TM, Voiglio EJ (Eds.). Springer 2016.
Emergency Surgery. Brooks A, Cotton BA, Tai N, Mahoney PF (Eds). BMJ Books. Wiley 2010.
Emergency War Surgery 2014 Paperback – 16 Jan 2014 by Office of the Surgeon General. USA.
Manual of Definitive Surgical Trauma Care, 5th edition. Boffard KD (Ed). CRC Press 2016.
Schein’s Common Sense Emergency Abdominal Surgery – An Unconventional Book for Trainees and Thinking Surgeons. Schein M, Rogers P, Assalia A (Eds.) Springer 2009.
The Trauma Manual: Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 4th Edition. Peitzman AB, Schwab CW, Yealy DM, Rhodes M and Fabian TC. Wolters Kluwer 2012.
FRCS General Surgery: 500 SBAs and EMIs. Wilson A, Craig W, Stevenson L. JP Medical Ltd 2013 (useful for practice for candidates not familiar with MCQs).

Blueprint for Emergency Surgery
Emergency Surgery activitiesPercentage
Initial assessment & management18%
Investigation4%
Preoperative care5%
Definitive treatment16%
Post-operative management 10%
Specific conditions:
Emergency Surgery activitiesPercentage
Skin & soft tissue 5%
Abdomen: HPB, GI 20%
Vascular3%
Musculoskeletal3%
Gynaecology5%
Urology2%
Paediatrics3%
Environmental injuries3%
Thorax2%
Professional skills2%

The purpose of these figures is to outline the proportion of questions from each category that candidates will be asked in the examination (i.e. 5% would be on pre-operative care).  Although there may appear to be some overlap between the specific conditions and the other topics, this would not be the case in practice. For example, a question about an elderly patient with septic shock, peritonitis and a mass in the right upper quadrant due to a perforated gall bladder could cover assessment and management, investigation or preoperative care, but would not be a specific HPB (hepaticopancreaticobiliary) question.  In contrast, a specific HPB question might test knowledge of the anatomical variants of the cystic duct, pathophysiology of cholecystitis, incidence of gall bladder carcinoma or the classification of Mirizzi’s syndrome.
‘Environmental injuries’ is a broad category that would include hypothermia, burns, blasts, bullets and bites.