To apply for certification as a Fellow of the European Board of Surgery in Emergency Surgery (F.E.B.S./EmSurg) a candidate has to undergo a two-step quality validation process: Eligibility and Examination. Eligibility is a prerequisite for Examination.
Reapplication is possible for the Eligibility process and/or the Examination.
In order to check the eligibility of any application, we request that each applicant download and fill in the Application form and the following documents that you can download below.
These documents and forms should be then uploaded on the platform during the registration process.
For details on the eligibility criteria, please download the following document:
For details on the required skills, please download the following document:
Candidates must attach the following documents to their online registration on the UEMS Surgery platform:
The fees for the EBSQ certificate in Emergency surgery are divided as follows:
– Eligibility fee of 350 euros, non refundable if the candidate is not eligible, and
– Examination fee of 350 euros; the resit fee in case of failure is also of 350 euros.
The eligibility fee is to be paid when the candidate register for the certification.
The examination fees should be paid once the eligibility of the candidate has been confirmed, to finalise the registration of the candidate for the examination.
There are no refunds for candidates who do not succeed in passing the examination. In the event that a candidate has paid for the examination and does not attend the examination there will be no refund.
For details on the proportion of questions from each category that candidates will be asked in the examination (i.e. 5% would be on pre-operative care), please download the Blueprint:
Candidates should get a good understanding of the focus of the examination from reading these sources (non-exhaustive list):
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).
Candidates who are successful in the Examination will be awarded the title “Fellow of the European Board of Surgery in Emergency Surgery – F.E.B.S./EmSurg”.
A UEMS fellowship (F.E.B.S.) represents a high-level validated quality controlled process and reflects certain knowledge and skills of a candidate. The title F.E.B.S./EmSurg confirms that the holder has successfully demonstrated knowledge and skills in Emergency Surgery that, in most cases, far exceed the requirements for the national CCSTs.
The F.E.B.S./EmSurg qualification has no automatic legal recognition in the E.U. or in any other country. Individual recognition of qualifications by national authorities is supported by the EBSQ committee and is being adopted by increasing numbers of countries. The fellowship of itself does not imply an automatic right to independent practice nor does it 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 legalization within the ongoing project of the European harmonization process of medical education.