Ebeem

About the EBEEM

What is the EBEEM?

The European Board Examination in Emergency Medicine (EBEEM) is developed and implemented by EMERGE (Emergency Medicine Examination Reference Group in Europe). EMERGE is a joint-committee of EUSEM and the UEMS Section of Emergency Medicine. It is a two-part examination designed to confirm the candidate’s suitability for independent practice as an emergency physician within any country in the European Union. The examination assesses the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary for the clinical practice of Emergency Medicine at the level of the specialist or consultant engaged in independent practice. This confirms that the successful candidate is able to provide clinical leadership in the emergency department.

Why take the EBEEM?

The European Board exam has been running for many years now and has an increasing number of applications from a global range of countries, including many European countries. However there remain some concerns about the purpose of the Board exam and for some people uncertainty of the legal standing of the EBEEM.

There are clear advantages to the individual of success in the EBEEM:

  • Institutions may elect to require success in the EBEEM for specialist/ consultant appointment.
  • Institutions may utilise success in the EBEEM to differentiate between two applicants for the same post
  • Training authorities may use the EBEEM (preparation and success) as part of the criteria for the accreditation process of training sites
  • Individual departments may use success as a marker for promotion, e.g. for the successful candidate to be promoted to head of the department
  • Countries without an existing formal exit exam may choose to use the EBEEM as their final exam for completion of training
  • Success in Part A can be used as in-training evaluation to assess the progress of trainees in a training programme
  • The comprehensive feedback provided to the unsuccessful candidate may support the further development of an individual doctor and focus their training.
  • Training programmes may use success in the EBEEM to validate their training programme

 This is a European exam with focus on European candidates. To ensure that the focus is maintained on Europe we encourage as many European trainees as possible to participate.

 

Status of European postgraduate medical assessments

Regarding the legal standing of these postgraduate medical exams, the "UEMS-CESMA Guideline for the organisation of European postgraduate medical assessments" states:

  • European postgraduate medical assessments are to be considered as a quality mark unless otherwise recognised by a national competent authority (NCA). Unless full NCA recognition has been obtained, the European postgraduate medical assessments will be considered complementary to the national examination.
  • European postgraduate medical assessments will facilitate mobility of medical practitioners throughout the European Union (EU) by assessing specialist knowledge at an agreed EU standard. Furthermore, the European examinations will enable benchmarking of candidates against their European colleagues in other EU countries.
  • However, passing a European postgraduate medical assessment will NOT imply a licence to practise. It is only the NCA that will be able to provide such a licence. Nevertheless, where full NCA recognition of a qualification applies, the European postgraduate medical assessments may provide a means for the NCA to determine eligibility for a licence to practise.

This statement is written by the members of EMERGE and designed to help Emergency Physicians in Europe to understand the importance and value of taking this specialist exam in Emergency Medicine. This is particularly relevant for countries where there is currently no exit exam at the end of training.

Success in the EBEEM does not confer a legal right to work as either a non-specialist (general medical registration) or specialist in any of the European countries (as you can see in the UEMS-CESMA guidelines). This is still dependent on the requirements of the national competent authorities.

 

Status of EBEEM AS AN OFFICIAL EXIT EXAM 

The full EBEEM exam, Part A and Part B, is the official exit exam of EM specialty training in Malta.

The Part A exam or ITA is the official theoretical part of the exit exam of EM specialty training and supra specialty training in Flanders, Belgium.

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Part A and ITA

important notice

Result letters for the 11 September EBEEM Part A & EBEEM ITA have been send out..

Next Part A and ITA Exam Dates

12 March 2021 
10 September 2021

Time: to be confirmed

REGISTRATION PERIOD

Part A assesses the knowledge basis for Emergency Medicine practice including basic sciences applied to Emergency Medicine. The exam consists of a knowledge test in multiple choice format with 120 questions, some of which are multiple true false format (5 items each true or false) and some are single best answer (5 items - one best answer).

The examination lasts 2.5 hours and is held simultaneously in several centres throughout Europe. The examination is held online, with candidates being given an individual log-in to a central website, which is available only for the duration of the examination. Candidates must take the exam at one of the designated exam centre locations.

The In-Training Assessment (ITA) is intended for candidates who want to test their knowledge, but do not have the intention to take Part B or for trainees for who the EBEEM is their official national exam and do not want to take Part B. If you have less than 36 months of work experience or training in EM. You are not eligible to take Part A, so in this case you can do the ITA practice test.

Note: With an ITA you are not eligible to sit part B exam. Only those who have passed the part A exam can take part B.

How can I apply?

Please apply by clicking on the registration button.

A non-refundable pre-registration fee of €100 must be paid when submitting your application. If your application is successful you will then be required to pay the examination sitting fee (see details on fees here).

IMPORTANT: Before applying please read carefully all the information about eligibility requirements, regulations and terms and conditions and preparation guidance.

You must complete the form in one sitting, as your information will not be saved if you close it. Please be sure to have all documents ready before beginning your application.

Please note: 

Candidates will be entitled to re-apply for the examination for six (6) attempts, each Part A and B, including the first attempt.

The Part B exam should be completed within 4 years of successful Part A completion.

Resit and Transfer Candidates

You are required to submit your application online and pay the €100 application fee. If you have sat the EBEEM Part A within the past 12 months, or have been approved to sit the exam in the past 12 months but have failed to do so you are required to submit a simplified application. If you sat the examination more than 12 months ago you will be required to submit your full application again using the main application link, not the resit link.

Candidates must apply using the email previously used at your Part A exam location (email used for correspondence). If you are having trouble logging in,  you must reset your password: https://www.ortrac.com/account/password

 

 

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Part B

Next Part B Exam Dates

Winter 2020 Part B exam

20-22 November, 2020

REGISTRATION IS FULL

Next diets will be in:

June 2021 + November 2021

Exact dates will be confirmed soon.

 

The Part B exam will be a remote exam.  Please note that due to the new set up there are only 54 places available.

Part B assesses the clinical skills, behaviours and knowledge required for independent practice in adults and children including pre-hospital care as described in the curriculum. Any presentation or diagnosis that is referenced in the curriculum may be included in the examination material. This part of the examination presents scenarios to the candidate, who is expected to manage the scenarios. The scenarios encompass a range of situations including:

  • Leadership of resuscitation
  • Direct clinical evaluation of patients
  • Discussion of difficult situations with simulated patients, relatives and staff
  • Interpretation of clinical data and discussion of management plans by structured oral questioning
  • Demonstration of clinical skills
  • Education and training of others around clinical situations

The exam consists of 4 structured clinical (OSCE) stations and 4 structured oral (viva) stations. They will last 10 minutes each, and you will have 5 minutes in between for reading instructions. There are also 2 rest stations. Some candidates will begin or end on a rest station.

Each station or scenario is judged independently and candidates are expected to pass at least 6 out of 8 scenarios. There is a minimum of two examiners present at each station.

The structured clinical (OSCE) stations will consist of:
  • Clinical interaction
  • Role players
  • Manikins
The structured oral (viva) stations will consist of:
  • Questions – listen carefully – give a rationale for your answers
  • The examiner will move you on - don’t worry, it is a quick pace
  • Be structured in your response if you can
  • Pace yourself

The duration of the Part B exam is 2,5 hours.

Completion: Candidates who pass both parts of the exam will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony at EUSEM'S annual European Congress on Emergency Medicine. The highest scoring candidates will receive special recognition.

 

 

How to register

Please be sure that you've read the eligibility requirements, regulations and terms and conditions and preparation guidance before you submit your application. In case you have submitted your application but you are not eligible to take the exam a €100 pre-registration cost will be deducted and only the rest of the exam fee will be transferred back to you.

Please create a MYEUSEM profile at this LINK. If you already have a MYEUSEM profile then you just need to log in to your account.

Creating a MYEUSEM profile is free of charge. After profile is created you can log in to your account and click on the 'EBEEM PART B' button and the application process will begin.

 

Please note: 

Candidates will be entitled to re-apply for the examination for six (6) attempts, each Part A and B, including the first attempt.

The Part B exam should be completed within 4 years of successful Part A completion.

 

Resit candidates

 Please use the same MyEUSEM profile you used at your previous exam registration.

If you have sat or registered to the Part B exam in the past 12 months you don’t need to re-submit all documents again just copy of medical license. 

 

 Frequently asked questions

  • The visa letter will be downloadable from your exam application profile after successful payment. We are not sending it via email, it is automatically generated from the system. After payment you can click on the button ‘Download visa letter’.
  • Please note that EUSEM membership only gives discount to members who are working in a European country which is a national society member of EUSEM. For candidates who don’t work in one of these countries no discount is applied. EUSEM membership discount is only applicable if it was purchased before exam registration. No refunds will be made if membership has been purchased later.

 

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Fees

Part A Exam

Fees for the Part A exam are as follows:
​€100 pre-registration fee plus one of the following:

  • Base fee: €600
  • Candidate is currently working in a country whose national society is a member of EUSEM: €500
  • Candidate is currently working in a country whose national society is a member of EUSEM AND Candidate is an individual member of EUSEM: €400
  • Candidate is currently in training AND Candidate is currently working in a country whose national society is a member of EUSEM AND Candidate is an individual member of EUSEM: €250

Note: In order to  benefit from a reduced exam registration fee, candidates are invited to apply for EUSEM membership.

Being a member means enjoying also other benefits, as mentioned on the EUSEM membership page

 

In-Training Assessment/ National Exam Belgium

€100 pre-registration fee plus €60.


Part B Exam

Fees for the Part B exam are as follows:

  • Base fee: €700
  • Candidate is currently working in a country whose national society is a member of EUSEM: €600
  • Candidate is currently working in a country whose national society is a member of EUSEM AND candidate is an individual member of EUSEM: €550
  • Candidate is currently in specialist training AND candidate is currently working in a country whose national society is a member of EUSEM AND candidate is an individual member of EUSEM : €400

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EBEEM Faculty

The operational development and implementation of the EBEEM is undertaken by the Emergency Medicine Examination Reference Group for Europe (EMERGE).

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EBEEM Examiners

EBEEM Examiners are active in Emergency Medicine in Europe and are experienced educators who are familiar with the assessment standards required to deliver a specialist examination.

The role of Examiner is crucial to ensuring the standard of the examination is appropriate and that the pass mark is set at the appropriate level.

Examiner duties include:

  • Writing multiple choice questions (MCQs) for the Part A Exam
  • Designing clinical stations for the Part B Exam
  • Undertaking SOEs and SCEs in the clinical examination
  • Teaching future Examiner Training courses

Examiner Regulations

Essential criteria for eligibility to be an EBEEM examiner:

  1. Must be currently in active practice in Emergency Medicine (including paediatrics) in Europe full time for the last 3 years
  2. Must be doctors recognised as specialist / consultant or equivalent in Emergency Medicine in the country where they trained, or the European country in which they work;
  3. Must have evidence of up-to-date continuing professional development in the last 3 years;
  4. Must be able to demonstrate competence and credibility in assessing the performance of trainees including evidence in, and experience of, competency-based assessment;
  5. Must have support from the Head of Department to undertake the examination work (minimum of four days each year);
  6. Must be fluent in written and spoken English;
  7. Must be a Member in good standing of EUSEM.

Desirable criteria for eligibility to be an EBEEM examiner:

  1. To have completed a training programme in Emergency Medicine, including paediatrics;
  2. To have completed a postgraduate qualification related to Emergency Medicine;
  3. Can provide evidence of teaching and training junior doctors in Emergency Medicine, including paediatrics.

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Preparing for the exam

Candidates are strongly advised to prepare adequately for the examination by following the European Curriculum of Emergency Medicine, and by consulting current Emergency Medicine textbooks, as well as current important international guidelines. Candidates should note that the examination primarily uses the latest edition of Judith Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide as the reference text, as well as

  • ESC guidelines since 2010: Atrial fibrillation, ACS non ST elevation, acute cardiac failure
  • SIGN guidelines since 2010: antithrombotics
  • NICE guidelines since 2010: epilepsy, acute GI bleeding, venous thromboembolic disease, headaches, anaphylaxis
  • European Resuscitation Council guidelines since 2010
  • Ultrasound-specific resources: Ma, Mateer, Blaivas: "Emergency Ultrasound", McGraw Hill

​EBEEM candidates and their training instructors should become familiar with the European Curriculum that is approved by the UEMS Board.

Also see the sample multiple choice questions, of the type you would expect to find on the Part A exam.

Additional resources: www.lucem.info provides a structured way to assess patients with a given chief complaint, it incorporates some clinical decision rules to evaluate the probability of certain diagnoses, and a stepwise approach to specific procedures and examinations.

EUSEM offers the EBEEM priming course to prepare for the Part B exam. 

Curriculum+

EUSEM's Education Committee developed the document Curriculum+. This is a list of free online learning materials based on the Curriculum.

Find it here 

EUSEM Academy

EUSEM launched an e-learning platform, the EUSEM Academy, with webcasts, learning quizzes and e-learning modules. 

There is a special section that focuses on e-learning modules that are based on the curriculum. The contents will grow steadily with every EUSEM congress.

Only EUSEM members have access to the full content, but also some content is freely available if you create a free MyEUSEM account. 

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EBEEM Part B Priming Course

Who is this course for?

  • The course is designed for emergency physicians preparing for Part B of the European Board Examination in Emergency Medicine (EBEEM)
  • This is the only EBEEM preparation course endorsed by The European Board Examination in Emergency Medicine (EBEEM) and the European Society for Emergency Medicine (EUSEM)
  • The purpose is to expose participants to scenarios with the same format as those featured in the Part B exam
  • The course aims to provide test-taking strategies that will improve candidate performance

Content and Format

  • This intensive one-day course will feature a total of 14 OSCE (structured clinical examination) stations and 7 VIVA (structured oral examination) stations
  • Each course participant will play the role of the exam candidate during 3 scenarios and participate or observe during the remaining 18 scenarios
  • Focused feedback will be provided after each scenario using structured checklist

Course fees

EUSEM Member: €425
Non-members: €525

Course Date

To be confirmed in 2020.

Location

Lernzentrum der Charité

Campus Charité Mitte (CCM)

Virchowweg 5

10117 Berlin

Germany

Map of the campus

 Info on travel and accomodation

  • from the 2 major Berlin airports (Tegel & Schoenefeld) easy transport by train to the main train station Berlin
  • 10min walk from main train station Berlin
  • direct shuttle / local transport to main train station
  • plenty of hotels / restaurants / tourist attractions close by

To register

 

You will have to create a MYEUSEM profile at this LINK. If you already have a MYEUSEM profile then you just need to log in to your account.

Creating a MYEUSEM profile is free of charge. After profile is created you can log in to your account and click on the 'EBEEM PART B Priming Course' button and the application process will begin.

We have only 36 seats available at the course, the seats are given on a first come first served basis.

 

Terms and conditions

 

  • I may withdraw from the course no less than 8 weeks prior to the date. I understand that if I withdraw, my fee will only be transferred to the next course date and not refunded. If I withdraw less than 8 weeks prior to the course date, I will not be entitled to a seat transfer
  • I understand that if my seat is transferred to another date, that I am responsible for paying the difference in fee if there is an increase. The 100 € pre-registration fee has to be paid at each re-sit and it's not refundable.
  • I understand that if I do not receive a visa in time to attend the course I am not entitled to a refund or seat transfer.
  • I understand that if the course is cancelled for national security reasons EUSEM is not responsible for loss or costs incurred.
  • I understand that a seat transfer may only possible in the instance that evidence for serious illness is provided. Evidence will be required to demonstrate the validity of the claim including sick certificates, confirmation from employer about absence of work or similar. The seat transfer is only valid for the next course date.

Frequently asked questions:

 

  • The visa letter will be downloadable from your course application profile after successful payment. We are not sending it via email, it is automatically generated from the system.

          After payment you can click on the button ‘Download visa letter’.

  • EUSEM membership discount is only applicable if it was purchased before course registration. No refunds will be made if membership has been purchased later.

  • It can be that you can’t register because your MYEUSEM profile is incomplete. Please check if all the required fields are filled in.

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EBEEM Regulations and Terms and Conditions

EBEEM Regulations

The regulations provide the formal framework whereby the examination will be conducted. All potential candidates should read the regulations carefully before applying.  You can read the regulations here

On a regular basis QA processes are undertaken for the EBEEM exam to assure that all results have been properly administered.
Thanks to the regular QA process, candidates should be reassured by this transparent process.

 

Post-nominal usage regulations

Fellow of the European Board of Emergency Medicine (FEBEM)

The title Fellow of the European Board of Emergency Medicine (FEBEM) will be awarded to individuals who have met the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of Parts A and B of the European Board Examination for Emergency Medicine (EBEEM) and
  • Completion of specialist training in Emergency Medicine in a European country that recognises Emergency Medicine as a primary specialty and is a Full Member of the UEMS (European Union of Medical Specialists).

Please find the list of countries with specialist training and how many years and the list of UEMS members

All of the above criteria must be met in order for a candidate to use the post nominals: FEBEM

European Board Certified in Emergency Medicine (EBCEM)

If the criteria for FEBEM are not met in full, the title European Board Certified in Emergency Medicine (EBCEM) will be awarded to individuals who have met the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of Parts A and B of the European Board Examination for Emergency Medicine (EBEEM).

Candidates who meet the above criteria may use the post nominals: EBCEM

 

Official authentication of UEMS diploma

 

In order for a UEMS diploma to be officially authenticated in countries requiring such procedure, it must be signed by the legal representative of a Belgian legal entity, whose signature can be authenticated by a Belgian Civil Officer. In this regard, we liaised with the notary of the UEMS, who has accepted to validate the signature of a legal representative of the UEMS.

In the past years, diplomas were signed by UEMS Secretary General, Prof. Vassilios Papalois. This year, the UEMS Executive commissioned Dr Bernard Maillet, UEMS treasurer, for this procedure.

If applicants are interested, here is the procedure to follow:

  1. The applicant sends the following documents to the UEMS Office (Ms Marianne Chagnon, Rue de l’Industrie 24, 1040 Brussels, BELGIUM):
  • The original UEMS diploma (please note that only diplomas issued by UEMS can be authenticated)
  • A copy of the UEMS diploma
  • A copy of a valid ID or passport
  1. The applicant sends a scanned copy of his diploma and ID by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of postal address to which we will return the signed document. Please put as subject of the email “Authentication of UEMS Diplomas – supporting documents”. Provide details on the date you passed the exam and the medical specialty.
  2. The UEMS Office will then contact the organizers of the examination to confirm that the applicant has indeed passed the exam.
  3. The UEMS Office will organize a meeting with the Notary to have the confirmed Diplomas signed.
  4. The UEMS Office will then send back the original diplomas to the applicants or to someone duly mandated.

The administrative fee for this procedure is 110€. The sending costs of returning diplomas is also at the candidate’s charge. Please indicate in your mail whether you would like your diploma to be sent back to you by regular mail (up to 10€) or by courier (60€).

Once the Diploma is signed, we will issue an invoice and ask you to pay by bank transfer. Once the payment is received, we will return the document back to you.

We kindly ask you to inform any fellows who would be interested in getting their diplomas authenticated.

Please note that this is not the legalization of the diploma but a certification of authenticity. Indeed, the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs no longer legalizes UEMS diplomas because they are not delivered by a Belgian institution. The meeting with the Notary is an authentication that the diploma has been signed by a UEMS Representative and a confirmation that the document is officially genuine.

 

Terms and Conditions

 

By submitting the application I acknowledge and agree that:

  • I must pay the full application fee for each sitting I attempt
  • I may withdraw from the examination no less than 8 weeks prior to the date. I understand that if I withdraw less than 8 weeks prior to the exam date, I will not be entitled to a seat transfer, unless evidence for serious illness is provided. The seat transfer is only valid for the next exam seating and is not refunded.
  • I understand that if my seat is transferred to another date, that I am responsible for paying the difference in fee if there is an increase. The 100 € pre-registration fee has to be paid at each re-sit and it's not refundable.
  • I understand that if I do not receive a visa in time to sit the examination I am not entitled to a refund or seat transfer.
  • I understand that if the examination is cancelled for national security reasons, that neither EBEEM nor EUSEM nor the UEMS Section for Emergency Medicine is responsible for loss or costs incurred.

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Eligibility requirements

Eligibility Requirements

Part A Exam

 

A) Non-trainees (Specialist, consultant, or working in the department, post-doctoral training)

B) Trainees: To have satisfactorily completed the third year (e.g. be in the fourth year or later) of a training programme in Emergency Medicine that is following the European Curriculum

All applicants must be doctors who have had at least three years of full time (or equivalent part time) work in emergency medicine and have ensured their experience covers the presentations and content of the European EM curriculum.

 

Required documents for specialists and trainees:
  • Copy of passport
  • CV in English
  • Current medical licence to practice by governing body (example: GMC, SCFHS…)
  • Evidence of having worked for at least 36 months full time in EM.  For trainees evidence of finished 36 months of training programme by the time of the exam
  • Submit Months in EM Form
  • Letter of support from department head stating how long one has worked in the department
  • Must show minimum of last 2 years of CPD (at least 2 certificates scanned), for trainees not needed
  • Candidate supervisor form ,signed by supervisor/head of department/clinical lead/ head of training programme. Please use this specific form  and underline how many years of experience in EM you have  (minimum 3 years) 

 

In-training assessment (ITA) for:

A) Trainees with less than 36 months of training in emergency medicine

B) Registered specialists wishing to assess their knowledge

C) Trainees for whom the ITA is equivalent to the final national exam

 

Required documents:
  • Copy of passport
  • CV in English
  • Copy of medical registration card
  • Evidence of enrolment with an EM training programme
  • Letter of support from supervisor/Head of Department of the training programme

NOTE: If you decide to take the ITA instead of the Part A exam the only difference is that with ITA you can't go further to the Part B exam.

 

 

Part B exam

To have passed the EBEEM Part A Exam within the previous four years.

 

And one of the following:

1. To be at least at the end of a minimum 5-year training programme in Emergency Medicine that is following the European Curriculum

2. To be working full time in an emergency department for at least 5 years and recognised by the National Government of the country as a specialist in Emergency Medicine

3. For physicians working in countries where the specialty of Emergency Medicine does not yet exist: to be working in Emergency Medicine for at least 5 years and to provide evidence in a portfolio of competence in the full range of the curriculum. This may consist of a combination of logbook cases, evidence of continuing professional development (courses, e-learning) or evidence of training delivered in a range of topics, audit projects, etc.

 

Required documents:
  • A copy of your Passport
  • A copy of your current medical licence to practice by governing body (example: GMC, SCFHS…)
  • Evidence of working in an emergency department for a minimum of 60+ months. This should be a reference from your current department confirming your current work status and ensure your experience
  • Result letter of passing Part A exam
  • Candidate Supervisor Form Please use this specific form (and not the old one) and underline how many years of experience in EM you have  (at least 5 years) 
 

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