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First European ORL-Board Examination during the 1st Meeting of the European
Academy of ORL-HS 27th to 30th June 2009 in Mannheim
Prof.Dr.Klaus Albegger
(Salzburg, Austria)
Chairman and Coordinator of Examination Committee
UEMS ORL-HNS Section and Board

Background
To achieve an European standard in knowledge, skills and attitudes in ORL, standards in
quality, content and also duration of training need to be adhered to. Some - but not all European countries have an end exam in order to evaluate the knowledge acquired during
their training programme.
The UEMS section-ORL-HNS (Oto-Rhino-Laryngology-Head and Neck-Surgery) has
developed and revised for years a logbook for the training of residents (www.uems.net,
www.orluems.com ). But it became clear in the last years, that the training had to be
monitored and the results of the education assessed. Therefore the European Examination
Board in Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (EBEORL-HNS was created by
the UEMS ORL-HNS Section and Board in October 2008 in Norway. It was intended both as
a quality mark and to help in the harmonisation of standards of ORL-HNS in the UEMS
member countries.
Formal arrangement
Structurally the examinations are UEMS-Examinations, which will be organized and
performed by the UEMS- ORL-HNS Section and Board respectively its Examination
Committee (for further information see www.ebeorl-hns.org )
But there is a close cooperation of the UEMS- ORL-HNS Section and Board with the
European Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology Societies (EU.F.O.S),(for further
information see www.eufos.org/ ), wich represents 46 National European Societies, and the
European Academy of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Head&eck Surgery (EA-ORLHS), (for further information see www.eaorl-hns.org ), which represents 16 European
Subspeciality Organisations and allied societies in Europe.
The executive boards of these two societies have in the last year decided to merge under the
name
European Confederation (EC-ORL/HS). The aim is to strengthen and focus the energies
in the ENT-field to master better the challenges of our speciality in the coming new
developments of the different European health systems.
It is hoped, that the general assemblies of the two societies will agree upon this merger at the
upcoming 1st Meeting of the European Academy of ORL-HNS 27th to 30th June 2009 in
Mannheim, which only adds to this meeting’s importance.
Examination
Through the European ORL-Board Examination a supranational independent board organised
and implemented by specialists will set up a quality standard for all Europe, to enhance free
movement of specialists between the member countries.
The European board Exam ORL is as many others at the moment NOT an alternative to a
national examination , where one exists.
But in some medical specialities like Anaesthesiology or Urology, there is in some EUMember countries an official reciprocal acknowledgment and the European Board
Examinations are substitutes of the National examinations. In Anaesthesiology f.e. this is the
case at the moment in 9 EU-countries, a very interesting, possibly trend-setting development.

questions. Otology (including imaging .org Essential to be eligible to sit the exam are 1. Prof. though recommended to attend this session in order to have a good knowledge how this exam will be performed. The logbook signed by trainer (chairman. Poland). Univ. Basic Objectives (percentage of the exam approx. UK) Prof.org / Information. Copy of Certificate or proof of accreditation as an ORL-HNS specialist by the responsible National authorities 2. Prof. Maria de la Mota Permanent Secretary UEMS ORL-HNS Section and Board Phone +34 915759393 Fax +34 914312692 Mail: mmota@ebeorl-hns.Karl Hörmann (President UEMS ORL Section and Board. It is not compulsory. audiology.Thomas Somers (Treasurer UEMS ORL Section and Board. Prof.Linda Luxon (Audiology.David Proops (General Secretary UEMS ORL Section and Board. approved by the UEMS ORL Section and Board: 1. program director) or certification from the training Centre (Hospital.Malou Hultcranz (Otology. Format and specification of the exam The first exam will take place in Mannheim.Stanislaw Bien (Head and Neck. Germany during the 1st Meeting of the European Academy of ORL-HNS 27th to 30th June 2009 in Mannheim Application started 2nd of March and will end 29th May 2009. stating that the candidate has fulfilled the criteria set up by the UEMS-Section ORL-HNS as specified in the syllabus.Geatano Motta (Laryngology. requests: Dr. The instructions and steps for applying to the ebeorl exam are outlined at the website /www. Other successful candidates from non-EU member countries will receive a “Diploma of the European Board of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology”. Department. Italy). Spain) Permanent Advisory Board: Prof. vestibular function. Prof. Prof. Greece). Belgium). 22 %) .Bernard Bertrand (Rhinology.00 hrs Fee for the exam 300.. Prof.€ The syllabus for this exam has been based in the log book. Germany) Prof. percentage of the exam approx.00 to 17. Belgium) A pre-exam explanatory session will be held on Monday 29th June at 12. Sweden). Duration of the exam: from 14. For UEMS-Member countries only: certificate of being a resident in ORL HNS in the last year of training 3. facial nerve ect.30hrs and it is open for all those willing to attend. UK). 5%) 2.Angelos Nikolaou (Head and Neck. Venue: Rosengarten Congress Center of Mannheim (Germany) Examination Committee: Prof.ebeorl-hns.Jaime Marco (Otology.2 Candidates who pass the European board exam in ORL and who are certified specialists in an UEMS member state may call themselves “Fellow of the European Board of Oto-RhinoLaryngology”. Clinic).

The close cooperation with the upcoming European Confederation of ORL-HNS representing all European National Societies and European ORL-HNS Subspecialisatities is an important scientific input. A software will be used to allow analysis of the questions and corrections for ambiguity or error.3 3. The pass mark is 66%. CESMA. together with a special answer sheet.. Three hours are allowed to sit the exam. Larynx. ect. and there are no negative marking for wrong answers. There is no limit to the number of attempts. Generally candidates from all nationalities are eligible to sit the European Board examinations. aesthetics (rhinoplasty. 17 %) 5. A set of questions is given to each candidate. which supported us very much in the preparation of this first European Board Exam in ORL-HNS. approx. lymphatic system. sleep disorders. 17%) 6. Tracheobronchial Tree (including imaging. diagnosis. smell. an oral exam is intended to test the clinical application of knowledge based on clinical problems that may present to ENT-Specialists. Head and Neck. Such rights are granted solely by the relevant National authorities. thyroid gland. Nose and Paranasel Sinuses (including imaging. which on one side guarantees a continuous update of the current knowledge in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Head&Neck Surgery. which has to be decided in the upcoming UEMS-section ORL meeting which will be held from the 1st to the 4th October 2009 in Ischia (Italy). otoplasty. endoscopic diagnostic and surgery ect. allergy. Conclusion According to the Glasgow declaration of the Council of European Specialist Medical Assessments (CESMA) are the Board examinations are regarded as a quality mark for independent practice at the end of specialist training. 22 %) The written examination consists of 100 multiple choice questions only in English to assess the theoretical knowledge. replacing these with concepts which should be widely understood. 17 %) 4. nasopharynx. endoscopy. percentage of the exam approx.. Passing an European Board examination does not mean that specialists have the right to practise in UEMS-Member countries. Questions seen to be incorrect or ambiguous may be withdrawn from the exam. with the purpose of harmonising the European board Assessments. face lifting). Oral Cavity. swalloing disorders. ect. Candidates who fail the written exam may re-sit it at a later date. speech assessment and disorders ect. UK. Pharynx and Oesophagus (including salivary glands. plastic and reconstructive surgery . Whereas the written exam only tests the theoretical knowledge. . and on the other hand it is an important requirement to enhance free movement oft ENT-Specialists to and within European countries. There are 4 or 5 possible answers to each question. blepharoplasty. percentage of the exam approx. percentage of the exam approx.. but they must pay the fee and agree to the rules applicable at the time of the re-sitting. Aesthetics (including injuries. Only canditates who pass the written MCQ will be accepted for the planned oral examination. olfaction. surgical and non surgical treatment. was created informally in 2007 in Glasgow. The first European ORL-Board Examination in Mannheim will be perhaps the most important step in further harmonisation of the ORL-HNS standards in and perhaps beyond Europe. to make the exam as fair as possible.. The questions are intended to avoid the use of national features or proper names as much as it is possible. The candidates must choose the one answer that they consider best (“single best choice”).