Established to set high professional standards
EUROPEAN BOARD EXAMS
Cardiovascular Surgery Critical Care Certification
Since the origins of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, postoperative critical care management has historically been led by surgeons.
Cardiovascular surgery critical care has consolidated a distinctive area of practice within our specialty. Leaders of multidisciplinary, high-performing teams are uniquely educated, trained, and skilled surgeons. Cardiovascular surgical intensive care units remain dynamic environments of complex, critical, and high-risk surgical practice.
FIRST EXAMINATION - 14 DECEMBER 2023 - APPLY NOW (deadline 15 October)
The Membership of the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (MEBCTS): tests the scope of knowledge, clinical judgement and application of the principles and practice of surgery to the standard expected at the end of National training in the generality of cardiothoracic surgery, ready to commence as an independent specialist.
The Fellowship of the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (FEBCTS): tests the scope of knowledge, clinical judgement and application of the principles and practice of an autonomous / independently practising surgeon to the standard expected in one or more areas of established sub-specialist practice – adult cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, congenital cardiac surgery.
The EBCTS Syllabus describes the knowledge, skills and behaviours examined in the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery examinations. The syllabus identifies the breadth of medical knowledge and clinical judgement as learning outcomes required for the Membership and Fellowship examinations of the EBCTS.
The FEBCTS examinations are divided into 3 specialties
Adult Cardiac, Congenital, Thoracic
The examination dates are as follows:
Congenital: 9 November 2023
Thoracic: 9 November 2023
Adult Cardiac: 10 November 2023
Applications for the 2023 Level Two FEBCTS examination are now open and will close on 31 August 2023.
The primary aim of The European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (EBCTS) is to encourage common high standards and qualifications in cardiothoracic surgery in all European countries and beyond. This should potentially allow for the mutual recognition of these qualifications between European countries and elsewhere.
An online resource for you
The European Board has established this online resource to inform you regarding the details of the EBCTS examinations, regulations and requirements. Please contact Amanda Cameron if you have any queries or questions.