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The European Board Examination in Neurological Surgery consists of two parts: Part I (electronic multiple choice questions) and Part II (oral examination).
Oral assessments following completion of the EANS training course was first introduced in 1983 (Ljubljana). The concern for a more formal approach to an examination led in 1992 to the creation of the Joint EANS/UEMS Examination Committee and introduction of the European Examination in Neurosurgery. Candidates who successfully passed both parts I and II of this examination received European Diploma in Neurosurgery.
In October 2015 the EANS and UEMS Section of Neurosurgery decided to form the European Board of Neurological Surgery (EBNS) and transform the existing exam into the European Board Examination in Neurological Surgery to further increase its importance and general recognition. The successful candidates of both parts I and II will be appointed as Fellow of European Board of Neurological Surgery (FEBNS). The Exam curriculum can be downloaded here.Information for successful part I and II exam candidates prior to 2016
During their meeting in Athens in September 2016, the EANS Board and the Examination Board have agreed to award the FEBNS certificate to all candidates, who previously received the European Diploma in Neurosurgery.
The FEBNS certificate will be issued in PDF on request and provision of a copy of the Diploma. It is also possible to request a printed certificate, which will be supplied upon payment of a €25 administrative fee. Printed certificates may take some time due to the logistics involved in obtaining the various signatures required. To obtain the FEBNS certificate or for any queries please contact us.
The Part I Examination is a multiple choice exam consisting of 2x papers with 75 questions each. Each paper lasts 105 minutes and is delivered electronically, with a short interval/ rest break between papers. The questions cover neurosurgery, neuroanatomy, neuropathophysiology, neuropathology, neurology, neuroradiology, fundamental clinical skills and other disciplines deemed suitable and important. The European Board prepares the examination, supported by a professional medical training company that specializes in the assessment of medical skills and examination analysis.
The best candidate each year will be awarded a prize - one year free EANS membership and €200 for purchase of any neurosurgery-related book(s) of the winner's choice.The next exam part I will take place on 31st August 2019 in Brno, Czech Republic and on 1st February 2020 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Who can take the exam:
The Part I Examination is open to all residents in accredited neurosurgical programs in Europe, and to all neurosurgeons with a licence to practice neurosurgery. Candidates from non-European/non-EANS countries are very welcome to sit the exam after they have applied for International membership of EANS.
When you should take the exam:
Those who are in specialist training to become a neurosurgeon should not take the examination before their third year of training (because of the level of the examination, which is comparable to the level of the Primary Examination of the American Board of Neurosurgery). The part I examination is compulsory for all Trainees in the last year of EANS Training Courses unless they have sat it before.
How to apply:
Along with the application form (please download below), scanned copies of the candidate's passport, medical degree and a short CV signed by candidate's chief must be submitted. Apply here
To be paid prior to sitting the exam, is:
EANS Training Courses Trainees have one sitting of the Part I Examination included in their course fees.The fee can be paid either by bank transfer or credit card. Instructions for payment will be sent to each candidate once their application is approved.
Those who take the examination agree that they are bound by the Board's rulings regarding credentials and examination scores.
Please click here to register on line.
The Oral Examination is the second and final of the European Board Examination in Neurological Surgery. Successful candidates will be appointed as Fellow of the European Board of Neurological Surgery. It is a clinical problem solving and patient management test. It is not a theoretical examination, unlike the Part I examination.
Case histories are given, and where appropriate, neuroimaging and other visual aids are shown to augment the presentation and development of cases. Candidates explain verbally how they would proceed to evaluate or manage the cases and to plan and perform the proposed operations, if indicated. The examination, in the English language, consists of three parts, each lasting 30 minutes. 5-8 cases will be discussed during each part.
Each of the three sessions is conducted in an interview setting with two examiners; experienced neurosurgeons from a European country. During these three sessions the candidate will thus meet six different European examiners, each of whom will give an independent score. One session is dedicated to an oral examination on operative neurosurgery of the brain and skull. The other session covers operative neurosurgery of spine and cord. In the third session the topics to be discussed will be those that could not be adequately covered in the first two sessions.
The final, combined result will be sent by mail within 14 days following the examination. A candidate who receives a passing grade for this examination will be granted Fellow of the European Board of Neurological Surgery (FEBNS).
If the Board finds that the quality of the best candidate's performance justifies this, he or she will be awarded the Braakman prize. Winners of the Braakman prize receive three years' Individual Membership of the EANS, a voucher of €200 towards the purchase of any neurosurgery-related books and an invitation to attend the following EANS annual congress where the award will be officially presented (registration fee and accommodation are covered by the EANS).
Who can take the exam:
Anyone who meets all of the following criteria:
When you should take the exam:
When you have a completed logbook of operations summary. A full neurosurgical experience summary is required (ie. from the beginning of training till present). A template can be downloaded here. Please note that lobgooks submitted in another format will not be accepted. Candidates should have minimum of 600 cases, with a wide range of experience, in their operative logbook (at least 50% as lead surgeon - supervised or minimally supervised or unsupervised) at the time of application for the clinical (oral) examination. It is desirable for candidates to have >1000 cases in their operative logbook.
How to apply:
Along with the application form (please download below), scanned copies of the candidate's evidence that the Part I Examination has been passed (place and date will be required) and a copy of their licence to practise neurosurgery. Please note that candidates are required to enrol and sit the Part II Examination within 5 years of passing the Part I Examination.
€750, payable online or by credit card or by bank transfer - bank details will be given on the invoice that will be sent automatically by email.