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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 examination aims 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. 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 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

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

Schedule 2021 examinations


Breast Surgery Exam

Surgical Oncology Exam

Deadline for receipt of applications

30 April 2021

30 April 2021

Examination date (written exam)

18 June 2021

12 April 2021, Munich, DE (German language) (for candidates applying in 2020)

18 June 2021 (English and Spanish languages, several locations)

13 September 2021, Leipzig, DE (German language) (only for candidates who applied in 2021)

Examination date (oral exam)

25-26 September 2021

13 April 2021 (German language) for candidates who applied in 2020

14 September 2021 (German language) for candidates who applied in 2021

11 November 2021 (English and Spanish languages)

Oral Examination Venue

Athens, GR

Munich, DE (German language), for candidates applying in 2020

Leipzig, DE (German language), for candidates applying in 2021

Lisbon, PT (English and Spanish languages)



Breast Surgery Exam

Surgical Oncology Exam

Eligibility criteria



Examination fee

150€ eligibility fee
250€ written exam
​300€ oral exam

250€ eligibility fee
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.

Please note that email application forms are not be accepted anymore.

Preparatory Webinar for the UEMS EBSQ Exam on Surgical Oncology

ESSO Webinar - Tips and Tricks for Surgical Oncologists

Professor Sergio Sandrucci presented a webinar which provides detailed information, advice and your questions answered on the examinations for anyone considering these exams, Click here to view the recorded session free-of-charge for ESSO Members.

Click here to find out the results on the latest round of examinations

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