The Examination Committee of FESSH was and is responsible for the implementation and further development of the Diploma of the European Board of Hand Surgery (EBHS), formerly the European Diploma in Hand Surgery of the FESSH. In a climate where training in hand surgery is sometimes fragmented, and where not all countries have an official specialist exam in hand surgery, the EBHS diploma allows candidates to demonstrate that they have achieved a standard of knowledge and skill that reflects their training and achievement as specialist hand surgeons. The aim of the exam is to help promote and advance standards, knowledge and excellence in hand surgery.
In addition to the two chairmen, the committee consists of about 30 hand surgeons of the European Society of Hand Surgery. The committee are responsible for writing the MCQ questions and the oral scenarios. This work is done in two meetings a year. The committee also form the board of examiners for the oral examination of the EBHS Diploma, held once a year immediately prior to the FESSH Annual Congress.
The members of the committee are responsible for setting and upholding the standards of the exam, and for maintaining the highest possible transparency and fairness in the evaluation of the candidates. Under successive chairmen the exam has evolved significantly over the past few years. Future developments include the evaluation of a practical component and an increase in the numbers of examiners per candidate from four to six in order to ensure greater objectivity in the evaluation.
The chairmen of the examination committee also represent FESSH at the meetings of CESMA (The Council for European Specialists Medical Assessment), communicate with the (much valued) administration team at FESSH Office, deal with day to day problems, communicate with candidates, screen and assess the applications and set the MCQ paper.