European Board of Surgery 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 examinations aim at certifying the level of up-to-date knowledge, skills, and general competency necessary for the optimal treatment of a cancer patients.

The examination in surgical oncology is conducted under the supervision of an Examination Board chaired by Dr. Ibrahim Edhemovic (SI), Head of the Division of Surgical Oncology, Surgical section, UEMS. 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. 

Both examinations are based on the core curriculum developed by ESSO Education and Training Committee in 2012.

What are the benefits of taking the exam?

  • The exam is accredited by an international and independent body,
  • Same level of competencies for all cancer surgeons, regardless of country of practice,
  • Acknowledgement of knowledge in the field of surgical oncology which is important for my patients, team, and myself,
  • Widens surgeons’ professional horizon, allowing for an easier integration in other teams and countries.

To whom do we recommend this exam for?

  • All surgeons who treat cancer patients
  • For cancer surgeons wishing to raise their professional knowledge and skills
  • For those wishing to ensure their competencies meet the European standard

Dates for 2021



Breast Surgery




Surgical Oncology
(English and Spanish language)




Surgical Oncology
(German language)



 Deadline for application 30th April 2021 N/A 30th April 2021 N/A 30th April 2021 N/A
 Date of written exam 18th June 2021 Various 18th June 2021 Various xx September 2021 Leipzig, DE
 Date of oral exam 25-26 June 2021 Athens, GR 12th November 2021 Lisbon, PT XX September 2021 Leipzig, DE


Eligibility criteria and examination fees

  Breast Surgery Surgical Oncology
(all languages)


Examination fees

150€ eligibility
250€ written exam
300€ oral exam


350€ written and oral exam

Applications must be submitted via the online application here for the breast surgery exam and here for the surgical oncology exam, before the above deadlines.

Preparatory Webinar for the UEMS EBSQ Exam on Surgical Oncology

Click here to access the ESSO Webinar - Tips and Tricks for Surgical Oncologists, which provides detailed information and advice on the examinations for anyone considering this exam. This webinar is only available for ESSO members. 

Click here to see the UEMS - EBS - DBS Newsletter from November 2020


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