EBCTS Examinations 2017 onwards
The European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery will deliver two examinations from 2017 onwards as below.
This is in order to reflect the need for all cardiothoracic surgeons to have a satisfactory level of knowledge and judgement in the generality of the specialty and also that many surgeons go on to work in and develop expertise in sub-specialty areas for which a suitable qualification should be available in Europe and beyond.
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. An example of this is the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) level in the UK.
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 specialist practice (adult cardiac surgery; thoracic surgery; congenital cardiac surgery alone or in combination). This surgeon will have been in independent specialist practice for a minimum of 2 years and would be expected to be independently ‘emergency safe’ in their areas of specialist practice.
The Membership examination will assess the Level One outcomes across the entire syllabus and is an MCQ examination consisting of a 3 hour, 180 question paper. This examination will be quality assured using standard set questions and passmark.
Successful candidates will be awarded Membership of the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (MEBCTS).
The Fellowship examination will assess all the Level One outcomes across the entire syllabus in addition to the Level Two outcomes within the General and chosen sub-specialty area (adult cardiac surgery; thoracic surgery; congenital cardiac surgery) of the syllabus. This examination will comprise of multiple structured vivas/oral examination with pairs of examiners.
Candidates may elect to take one or more sub-specialty examination (Adult Cardiac, Congenital or Thoracic surgery).
Successful candidates will be awarded Fellowship of the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (sub-specialty) i.e. FEBCTS (Thoracic); FEBCTS (Cardiac); FEBCTS (Congenital).
Certificates will be awarded by the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery with recognition by the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Union of European Medical Specialties (UEMS)