Within the European Union (EU), the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) has been organized to handle and harmonize specialization. The UEMS consists of a number of Sections for all specialties. One of these is the Section of Surgery which has a number of Divisions for various parts of surgery. The Division of Endocrine surgery (DES) was formed in 1999 and is run by executives and national representatives from the European countries.
EBSQ (European Board of Surgery Qualification)
The DES has defined the curriculum for Endocrine Surgery (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and GEP-NET surgery) and handles the accreditation in Endocrine Surgery. Since 2003, examinations in Endocrine Surgery have been arranged. Since 2008, a curriculum for Neck Endocrine Surgery (thyroid and parathyroid surgery) only exists. A list of successful candidates can be found under “Fellows”. Information on the procedure and the application form can be found here.
The next certification will take place in conjunction with the next ESES conference in Athens, Greece, on May 26 and May 27, 2021. Due to the cancellation of the examination 2020, we will offer two days of examination in 2021. However, the number of available spaces on May 27 will be very limited. Therefore, we advise applicants to be flexible. On the application form, applicants can indicate whether they can be examined only on either May 26 or May 27 or whether they are flexible.
Format of examination
The examination will be conducted in English and consists of two 50-60 min “viva voce sessions”, each session to be adjudicated by two examiners and consisting of two parts:
I. Clinical management problems (presented as cases) covered in the curriculum.
Examination in Neck Endocrine Surgery: benign and malignant thyroid disease, primary, secondary and tertiary HPT
Examination in Endocrine Surgery: thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, endocrine abdominal
In addition, basic science will be discussed in the context of the clinical problems presented
II. Discussion of two scientific papers sent to the candidates about two weeks before the exam
Chairman of the Division Endocrine Surgery
Chairman of the Board