European Board of Hand Surgery Diploma Examination
Applying for the European Board of Hand Surgery Diploma Examination requires meeting strict conditions, such as submitting a log book completing all the questionnaires included. By rewieving the submitted documents, the Committee can decide if the applicant fulfills these requirements. Basic criteria is a speciality in orthopeadics or plastic surgery and a minimum of 2 years activity in one of the accreditated hand surgery centers. It is important to have a proper number of operations as operator or first assistant. Also it is expected to have a scientific activity and the recommendation of the national society for surgery of the hand.
» Application for the exam was available only for member societies of FESSH previously
» IFSSH members are also eligible to sit the Diploma from 2008
Candidates could use 5 major European languages by 2006, from then on the official language of the exam is English. The European Board of Hand Surgery Diploma Examination includes a written test by completing an MCQ test and two oral sessions. One of them considers acute trauma and reconstruction, the other is sistemic diseases, tumors and congenitals.
There are 80-100 registrations of interest each year, of which 60-80 are accepted. An average of 10-20% fails, but the rest passes the exam successfully. The candidate achieving the best result is awarded by the Committee.
Best Diploma Award
The Best Examination Award is published in the Journal of Hand Surgery (European volume) with a picture of the awarded examinee and with a list of the others passing the exam. According to the decision made by the FESSH Council in 2011, the Best Examination Awardee will be entitled for free registration and 3 nights’ accommodation at a 3-star hotel at the next FESSH Congress.
The Examination includes a written and an oral part. From 2013 the written part is separated from the oral part and will be held 2-3 months before the annual congress. The oral part takes place at the site of the annual FESSH Congress 2 days prior to the event and with the participation of 10-15 volunteering examiners invited from the countries of the examinees. It is our main intention to provide at least one examiner for each candidate speaking the same native language. When inviting examiners, we consider first of all their scientific activity. Examiners of younger age are requested to have a Diploma and a recommendation of the FESSH Delegate of their national society.
List of Hand Surgery Diploma Examinations
|Year||Venue||Examination Committee Chair|
|2017||Budapest, Hungary||Martin Richter|
|2016||Santander, Spain||Maurizio Calcagni|
|2015||Brescia, Italy||Maurizio Calcagni|
|2014||Paris, France||Maurizio Calcagni|
|2013||Antalya, Turkey||Maurizio Calcagni|
|2012||Antwerp, Belgium||Maurizio Calcagni|
|2011||Oslo, Norway||Maurizio Calcagni|
|2010||Bucharest, Romania||Zsolt Szabó|
|2009||Poznan, Poland||Zsolt Szabó|
|2008||Lausanne, Switzerland||Zsolt Szabó|
|2007||Athens, Greece||Zsolt Szabó|
|2006||Glasgow, UK||Massimo Ceruso|
|2005||Göteborg, Sweden||Massimo Ceruso|
|2004||Budapest, Hungary||Massimo Ceruso|
|2003||Lisbon, Portugal||Peter Brüser|
|2002||Amsterdam, Netherlands||Peter Brüser|
|2000||Barcelona, Spain||Peter Brüser|
|1999||Bonn, Germany||Ann Nachemson|
|1998||Vienna, Austria||Ann Nachemson|
|1997||Bologna, Italy||Ann Nachemson|
|1996||Paris, France||W.A. Souter / Alfred Berger|