New Exam Format

The success of the EBOT Exam is spreading throughout Europe and every year, more and more applicants are encouraged to take this prestigious qualification, which is helping ever greater numbers of EBOT fellows to progress in their careers. The EBOT Exam has evolved over the last few years to make it more open and fair, and this fact has been well received by all candidates.

We want the EBOT Exam to address not only knowledge, but also skills, and we are looking at how to grade these areas of assessment in a final fellowship examination in the future. This will take us closer to the requirements of many of the European orthopaedic societies within the European Union. Nowadays, the content of the exam is already based on the Syllabus of the European Educational Programme Curriculum.

To open up the exam to an even wider range of candidates and make it accessible to a larger number of European residents, the EBOT Board has recently decided to offer a certificate of basic training to all those candidates having successfully completed section I, the basic, written part of the exam. Successful candidates in this first part can stand alone with this certificate or proceed to section II, the advanced, oral part. Only after successful completion of both parts, candidates will be awarded with the EBOT fellowship, FEBOT.

To get acquainted with the format of the written exam and to test your level of training, we also invite everyone to participate in the EBOT interim exam, usually organised at the end of March each year.

Yours sincerely
Professor Jorge Mineiro
M.D., Ph.D, FRCSEd
General Overview

The EBOT (final) Exam 2023:

The written section will be taken separately from the oral examination.
Section 1 - The written section will be completed online and will consist of 100 multiple choice questions (MCQs) in the single correct answer format. It will be held in the different examination centres in Europe or as online proctored exam (up to each candidate to decide) on 06 June 2023 between 10:00 and 13:00 CET. Applicants need to pass Section 1 to proceed to Section 2.

Section 2 - The oral examination will take place on 07 & 08 October 2023. The exact location will be communicated on due course.

Requirements for EU citizens:

Certified Specialists:
- Citizenship of the European Union (EU), including Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom & new countries joining the European Union (EU) as well as associate members of UEMS (Turkey, Croatia and Israel). Please provide copy of passport.
- Certificate of full qualification as an orthopaedic surgeon from a national authority (EU Orthopaedic Society).
- Reference letter from the head of department you are working at stating your professional status.

Trainees in their final year of training in a recognised European Training Scheme Programme:
- Two structured references:
1. from the head of training at the hospital
2. from the orthopaedic surgeon responsible for your training
Please note that the structured reference forms are available on the EBOT website and have to be uploaded in order to complete your application.
- Trainees will not be able to take Section 2 of the EBOT examination until they have passed their national exam and obtained a certificate of full qualification as an orthopaedic surgeon from their national authority (EU Orthopaedic Society).

Requirements for non-EU citizens working in a EU country:

It is the unanimous view of the National Associations in Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery within Europe, decided by their representatives in the UEMS/EBOT section of Trauma and Orthopaedics, that surgeons who are not European citizens must be working within the EU to be eligible to sit the EBOT examination. They need to demonstrate that they are certificated specialists in their country of origin, and must present a structured reference from the Head of Department in the institution they are working within Europe.

- Certificate of registration as a specialist orthopaedic surgeon from the national registration authority in the country in which it was obtained.
- Structured reference from the head of department you are working at stating your professional status.

- Certificate of basic training for successful completion of section I, the basic, written part of the exam
- Certificate of advanced training for successful completion of both parts (written and oral) and title as Fellow of the European Board of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, FEBOT.



Number of candidates is restricted.

Please note that currently, non-EU citizens NOT working in an EU country cannot be accepted.

Please note that requirements are applicable for all candidates alike, incl. those who wish to resit the exam.

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