The European Breast examination organised by the Division of Breast Surgery of the Board of Surgery of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) is designed to test whether a candidate has the appropriate level of skills and knowledge to practice as a newly appointed specialist breast surgeon in a European Country (at the completion of specialist training).

The EBSQ Examination consists of two parts: a written part and an oral part. A candidate has to “pass” both parts in order to be qualified for the “EBSQ in Breast Surgery” Diploma.

The “written” exam consists of 50 Multiple Choice Questions. It is internet based and is run simultaneously at all centers.

The “pass mark” of the written exam is calculated each time using an international standard-setting procedure (Anghoff Scoring). Approximately a 55-60% of MCQs have to be answered correctly in order to “pass” the written exam but this will vary each year according to rigorous standard setting processes. Results are provided via email approximately within one week after the examination date.

Only candidates who pass the written examination, are allowed to attend the oral examination.

The oral examination consists of three 20 - 30 min tasks. Two tasks are clinical case discussions and the third is to evaluate a clinical research paper.

The total fee for the exam is 700 Euros.


Visit the website of the Division of Breast Surgery of the UEMS Board of Surgery for further information about the EBSQ examination.