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UEMS Minimally Invasive Surgery Board Exam (MIS)

Fellow of the European Board of Surgery – MIS

UEMS Division & Board of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) cordially invites you to the Fellowship Examination within Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS). The examination is offered in collaboration with the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery. The successful candidates are awarded the title “Fellow of the European Board of Surgery – MIS” or “F.E.B.S./MIS” and provided with the relevant Diploma.

Application deadline - 15th February 2023

Registration open - 15th October 2022

Please find the application form at the bottom of this page.

2023 EXAM DATES:

Friday 21 April 2023 – MCQ test (online)
Friday 28 April 2023 – OSCE Clinical cases (online)
Tuesday 20 June 2023 – OSCE Skills (onsite: this exam is part of the EAES Congress in Rome: EAES congress 2023)

MIS Fellowship exam

​The number of seats is limited. To guarantee a seat early reservation is recommended.
In order to be eligible to sit the exam, there is a set of eligibility requirements.
If you have any specific exam questions please mail to MIS Exam Secretariat
Please first check if your question is answered below.
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TOP CLASS AWARDS
For participants in the exam, there is an opportunity to win a grant to participate in the 31th EAES congress 2023.
The ONE best scoring exam receives the TOP CLASS AWARD which is a grant of 750 euro.

Requirements:

– must be an EAES member at the time of the application
– registered for the congress and
– under 40 years old

FAQ about the exam

See below for common questions about the exam.
If you have any specific exam questions, not found below, please contact at and also include in your mail that your question refers to European Board for Surgery (UEMS) MIS exam.

FAQ’s

How do I register?

Click the “Application form” button, scroll to the end of this page and register.

Why become a fellow and take the exam?

Passing the Exam will be an additional qualification for you, which might be of use in your country.
Additionally, the Diploma will show your expertise, if you decide to work in a European country provided that you fulfil other necessary requirements. The exam is a prestigious qualification and will be a valuable addition to your CV.
Fellowship of the European Board of Surgery is a high honour, also recognised in other areas and specialities. The UEMS MIS Diploma is a special certificate, because it has been developed in cooperation with the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) and is therefore also accredited by this renowned European Society.

Fellowship

Successful EBSQ MIS Eligibility and Examination candidates are awarded the title “Fellow of the European Board of Surgery /MIS – F.E.B.S./MIS”.
The UEMS fellowship (F.E.B.S.) represents a high-level validated quality control process and reflects certain knowledges and skills of a candidate.
The title F.E.B.S./MIS determines, that the person successfully proved to have validated knowledges and skills, that in most cases by far exceed the requirements for the national CCSTs. The diploma allows him/her to successfully cover the broad field of MIS with respect to the actual standards according to the judging of the commission. Currently the qualification F.E.B.S./MIS has no automatic legal recognition in the E.U. or in any other country. Individual recognition of qualifications by the national authorities is supported by the EBSQ committee and the number of countries officially adopting the UEMS Board exam is continuously rising.

The fellowship does not implicate automatic allowance to work at own responsibility and does not automatically enhance participation in national social security systems of the E.U.
The future perspective of this European diploma is to been seen in standardization and accreditation of this important surgical field within Europe, supporting the harmonization process of medical education.

Eligibility requirements

To apply for Eligibility the candidate must fulfil the following requirements:

  1. Eligibility for all exams run by the divisions of the European Board of Surgery is open for candidates trained in one of the 27 European Union countries, a UEMS country (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) or an associated UEMS country or a country with UEMS observer status.
  2. Eligibility is also open to those candidates trained outside the UEMS-area provided that the Eligibility Committee is satisfied with the training and qualifications are equivalent.
  3. The candidate must be able to communicate in the English language. Examinations in the local national language(s) may be additionally provided at the discretion of the executive.
    A national CCST (Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training) is mandatory.
  4. The candidate must provide a defined LogBook countersigned by an independent expert on every page.
    The LogBook must include general information (surgeon, hospital)-
    The content of the mandatory LogBook (minimum: 1000 credit points) is published in “MIS Surgery – Knowledge and Skills”.
  5. Online registration and upload of individual LogBooks and documents will be provided by clicking the registration button.
  6. Candidates have to be recommended by 2 independent experts. One of the experts must work in a different institution than the candidate.
  7. Candidates are required to pay the fees for Eligibility check (Euro 200,00) and – if accepted – a further fee of Euro 1.000,00 to cover the Examination to the EBSQ Administration Office.
  8. The Eligibility fee of Euro 200 is non-refundable in the event that a candidate is deemed ineligible or does 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.
  9. Reapplication is possible for Eligibility and/or Examination.

Where can I find information about curriculum?

You can find it here:  UEMS working-groups/MIS/syllabus-knowledge

Where can I find more details about the exam?

Click the button below to read detailed information about how the exam is designed, how to take the exam and similar information.

I do not understand how to submit all eligibility documents

The first thing you do is to download the eligibility documents.
You can find the instruction for how to fill out the log-book here.
You can download
– log-book with endoscopy here.
– log-book without endoscopy here
You can download the document to be signed by 2 trainers here.
Update this document to the same one as in the registration page – that means with the countersignature of the director/chief. After that, you are required to complete the logbook and have them countersigned by your hospital executive/head of department and submit it together with other required documents.
Finally, just click on register at top of this page. The registration module will step by step ask you for information and the documents.

​How do I prepare for the exam?

Part 1 of the Board Exam will be a Multiple Choice test, conducted online (date announced separately). You will be provided with the link and information on how to participate after the Eligibility check. There will be 100 MCQs with 1 best answer out of 4 or 5 provided answers (A positive or A negative type). Recommended study materials are published EAES consensus conferences on various MIS related procedures.

Part 2 is an OSCE (objective structured clinical examination), divided into 2 parts. First, a Zoom Conference will be conducted with each candidate (provisionally online, preferably onsite 5th July), where 3 clinical cases (MIS related) will be discussed. In time you will receive exact information. Secondly, a skills test on laparoscopy simulators will take place (planned at the Annual EAES Conference – dates announced separately).

Click here to read the full details about the exam.

Suggested readings - online MCQ test

  1. The use of 3D laparoscopic imaging systems in surgery: EAES consensus development conference 2018
    Surg Endosc2019 Oct;33(10):3251-3274. doi: 10.1007/s00464-018-06612-x. Epub 2018 Dec 4.
    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00464-018-06612-x
  2. European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons (EAES) consensusstatement on the use of robotics in general surgery
    Surg Endosc. 2015 Feb;29(2):253-88. doi: 10.1007/s00464-014-3916-9. Epub 2014 Nov 8.PMID: 25380708
  3. EAES Recommendations for Recovery Plan in Minimally Invasive Surgery Amid COVID-19 Pandemic. 
    Surg Endosc. 2021 Jan;35(1):1-17. doi: 10.1007/s00464-020-08131-0. Epub 2020 Nov 10.PMID: 33170335
  4. Clinical practice guidelines of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) on bariatric surgery: update 2020 endorsed by IFSO-EC, EASO and ESPCOP.
    Surg Endosc. 2020 Jun;34(6):2332-2358. doi: 10.1007/s00464-020-07555-y. Epub 2020 Apr 23.PMID: 32328827
  5. EAES and SAGES 2018 consensus conference on acute diverticulitis management: evidence-based recommendations for clinical practice.
    Surg Endosc. 2019 Sep;33(9):2726-2741. doi: 10.1007/s00464-019-06882-z. Epub 2019 Jun 27
  6. Laparoscopic surgery for pancreatic neoplasms: the European association for endoscopic surgery clinical consensus conference.
    Edwin B, Sahakyan MA, Abu Hilal M, Besselink MG, Braga M, Fabre JM, Fernández-Cruz L, Gayet B, Kim SC, Khatkov IE; EAES Consensus Conference Study Group.Surg Endosc. 2017 May;31(5):2023-2041. doi: 10.1007/s00464-017-5414-3. Epub 2017 Feb 15.PMID: 28205034
  7. Diagnosis and management of acute appendicitis. EAES consensus development conference 2015.
    Surg Endosc. 2016 Nov;30(11):4668-4690. doi: 10.1007/s00464-016-5245-7. Epub 2016 Sep 22.PMID: 27660247
  8. EAES Consensus Development Conference on endoscopic repair of groin hernias
    Surg Endosc 2013 Oct;27(10):3505-19.doi: 10.1007/s00464-013-3001-9

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00464-013-3001-9
  9. EAES Manual

Please note! This complete list of suggested readings in electronic version is available to EAES members free of charge. Become a member now and enjoy these and many more member benefits!

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