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EBSQ Qualification

European Board of Surgery Qualification

Continuing Medical Education makes a difference!

Every year, the European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO) organises in co-operation with the European Board of Surgery of the Union of European Medical Specialists (UEMS) Professional Examinations in both surgical oncology and in breast cancer surgery.

The examination aims at certifying the level of up-to-date knowledge, skills, and general competency necessary for the optimal treatment of a cancer patient.

The examination in surgical oncology is conducted under the supervision of an Examination Board chaired by Ms. Lynda Wyld (UK), Head of the Division of Surgical Oncology, Surgical section, UEMS. It consists of a written MCQ and an oral exam composed of 2 case discussions and a review of a scientific paper.

The examination in breast cancer surgery is conducted under the supervision of an Examination Board chaired by Professor Christos Markopoulos (GR), President of the Division of Breast Surgery, Surgical section, UEMS. It consists of a written MCQ examination, a breast module comprising oral examination according the UEMS guidelines on the standards for the training of specialised health professionals dealing with breast cancer ( Eur J Cancer 2007;43:660-675) and the review of a scientific paper on breast surgery. The examination is based on the core curriculum developed by the Education and Training Committee in 2012.


Schedule 2017 examinations Breast Surgery Exam Surgical Oncology Exam
Deadline for receipt of applications 31/05/2017 15/05/2017
Successful applicants to be informed by TBC 31/05/2017
Examination date & time (written exam) 23rd June 2017 (14.00 CET) 6th October 2017 (around 15.00 CET)
Examination date & time (oral exam) Sunday 1st October 2017 (08.00 CET) 7th October 2017 (08.00 CET)
Examination Venue Athens (GR), London (UK) and Budapest (HU) for the written exam
Naples (IT) for the oral exam
Brussels (BE)


Application procedure Breast Surgery Exam Surgical Oncology Exam
Eligibility criteria Download (11-01-2016)  Download (012017)
Application form Download (11-01-2016)  Download (18-05-2015)
Log book Download (11-01-2016) Download (18-05-2015)
Additional documents 1-2 page CV 1-2 page CV
Examination fee 500 EUR 500 EUR

Applications must be submited via the online application tool on (for the breast surgery exam) and (for the surgical oncology exam) before the above deadlines. Please note that email application forms will not be accepted anymore. 

Examination fee and payment details

Surgical Oncology exam

Breast Surgery exam


ESSO Webinar - European Board of Surgery Qualification Exam: Tips and Tricks for Surgical Oncologists

Professor Sergio Sandrucci presented a webinar which provides detailed information on the examinations. Click here to view the recorded session .


Breast Surgery Exam - Naples (Italy), 1st October 2017

22 candidates took the final EBSQ oral exam in Breast Surgery, organised in Naples on 1st October. Please click here to access the list of successful candidates.

The best scored candidates were

1 - Aidan Manning, University Hospital Waterford, Waterford, Ireland
2 - Saed Ramzi, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
3 - Walid Sasi, Airedale General Hospital, West Yorkshire, UK


Aidan Manning
Aidan Manning (left) - Highest scoring candidate, Breast Surgery Exam 2017


Group picture Breast surgery exam 2017



Group Picture - Breast Surgery Exam 2017



Surgical Oncology Exam - Brussels (Belgium), 23rd and 24th September 2016

20 candidates took the EBSQ in Breast Surgery that was organised in Brussels on 23rd and 24th September. Please click here to access the list of successful candidates.

The best scored candidates were

1 - Tamas Sztipits, National Institute of Oncology, Budapest, Hungary
2 -  Jörg Pelz, University Hospital Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
3 - Alvaro Arjona-Sánchez, Hospital Universitario Reina Sofía, Córdoba, Spain; Bharath Veerabadhran Murugan, Aster MedCity, Kerala, India

Group Picture - Surgical Oncology Exam 2016


ESSO Medal at ESSO 37 Conference

Tamas Sztipits (National Institute of Oncology, Budapest, Hungary) best scored candidate of the 2016 EBS Examination in surgical oncology, received the ESSO medal at the ESSO 37 conference in Amsterdam.


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