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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

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 (, ). 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 )
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 ), wich represents 46 National European Societies, and the
European Academy of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Head&eck Surgery (EA-ORLHS), (for further information see ), 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
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.
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.

Basic Objectives (percentage of the exam approx. Italy).Jaime Marco (Otology.€ The syllabus for this exam has been based in the log book. Sweden). The logbook signed by trainer ( / Information. facial nerve Essential to be eligible to sit the exam are 1. stating that the candidate has fulfilled the criteria set up by the UEMS-Section ORL-HNS as specified in the syllabus. Clinic).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”. Germany) Prof. Prof. questions. requests: Dr. percentage of the exam approx.Angelos Nikolaou (Head and Neck. UK). Prof.Karl Hörmann (President UEMS ORL Section and Board. Prof.30hrs and it is open for all those willing to attend. 5%) 2. 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. UK) Prof. though recommended to attend this session in order to have a good knowledge how this exam will be performed. Duration of the exam: from 14.Linda Luxon (Audiology.Bernard Bertrand (Rhinology. For UEMS-Member countries only: certificate of being a resident in ORL HNS in the last year of training 3. Belgium).Malou Hultcranz (Otology. It is not compulsory.Thomas Somers (Treasurer UEMS ORL Section and Board. Prof. Prof.David Proops (General Secretary UEMS ORL Section and Board.00 to 17. Department. Other successful candidates from non-EU member countries will receive a “Diploma of the European Board of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology”. The instructions and steps for applying to the ebeorl exam are outlined at the website /www. approved by the UEMS ORL Section and Board: 1.00 hrs Fee for the exam 300. 22 %) .Stanislaw Bien (Head and Neck. Copy of Certificate or proof of accreditation as an ORL-HNS specialist by the responsible National authorities 2. Spain) Permanent Advisory Board: Prof. vestibular function.. Prof. program director) or certification from the training Centre (Hospital. Univ.ebeorl-hns.Geatano Motta (Laryngology. Poland). Format and specification of the exam The first exam will take place in Mannheim. Otology (including imaging . audiology. Maria de la Mota Permanent Secretary UEMS ORL-HNS Section and Board Phone +34 915759393 Fax +34 914312692 Mail: mmota@ebeorl-hns. Belgium) A pre-exam explanatory session will be held on Monday 29th June at 12. Venue: Rosengarten Congress Center of Mannheim (Germany) Examination Committee: Prof. Greece).

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