The European Union of Medical Specialties (UEMS) sets the standards for high quality healthcare practice and, through their 42 specialist sections, are responsible for addressing training in their respective speciality.

The first European Board Exam was held by Anaesthetics in 1984. The European Board of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EBOT) was created in 1994, and the first EBOT exam held in the year 2000 in Rhodes, Greece.

In 2011 EBOT Exam entered a New Era, with a two-part exam held every year and the creation of the EBOT Interim Exam.

The Interim Exam is a big breakthrough because it is now possible to gather information at a European level, that is accessible to both trainees and heads of training, regarding the performance of the different residents, detailed data on their progression in training in different areas – upper limb, lower limb, spine, children orthopaedics and basic sciences, thus enabling a perspective on the spectrum of orthopaedic training in Europe and the ability to identify and correct any deficiencies that may exist.

The registrations for the EBOT Interim Exam and final EBOT Exam 2017 are now open and trainees, residents and orthopaedic surgeons from Europe are welcome to register and apply.

The EBOT Interim Exam 2017 will take place on Tuesday 11 April from 10.00 to 13.00 CET time in registered hospitals throughout Europe. More information and registration for hospitals and candidates available on http://www.ebotexam.org/

The final EBOT Exam 2017 will take place as follows:

  • Written part/section I on Thursday 8 June 2017 from 10.00 to 13.00 CET

The written part of exam is completed online and consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. The exam will be held in different examination centers in Europe.

  • Oral part/section II in English on Saturday and Sunday 7 and 8 October 2017 in the United Kingdom

The oral examination consists of five sessions that last 30 minutes each.

  • Oral part/section II in Spanish on Saturday and Sunday 4 and 5 November 2017 in Spain

The oral examination in Spanish is open to all Spanish trainees in their last year of training and subject to approval by the Spanish Orthopaedic and Trauma Society, SECOT.

Candidates must be successful in section I to be eligible to proceed to section II of the EBOT Exam.

FORTE, in collaboration with EFORT, is preparing ways to help trainees to prepare the EBOT Exam, as well as for their final examinations. We hope to have the second edition of the FORTE Summer School in August 2017.

More information available at www.ebotexam.org/

More Information on the 2nd Forte Summer School is available here.