U E M S Pathology Section

European Board Examination in Pathology

London, United Kingdom, 30 August 2014

History of the European Board of Pathology
In 1962 the national medical specialist organizations of the European Community (European Union) grouped together to form the Union of European Medical Specialists (UEMS). At the same time individual sections of the various medical specialties were formed under the umbrella of the UEMS, including a section of laboratory medicine. In 1988 a specialist section of Anatomo-Pathology was split off from this laboratory specialty. The main objective of this section was the harmonization of pathology practice in Europe. At the request of the UEMS, the different sections set up European Boards and in 1992 the European Board of Pathology was constructed but as there was an enormous overlap of activities between the specialist section of the UEMS and the European Board, it was decided that the UEMS-section Pathology should also act as the European Board of Pathology. The objectives of the European Board of Pathology are:
• the harmonization of training in pathology in Europe
• the setting of minimal standards for training institutions and for those who are in charge of training
• the establishment of european board examinations
• to organize exchange facilities for trainees between recognized training institutions
• to study and advise on manpower in European Pathology
• to advise on quality control on an European basis

European Board Examination
In 2013 the European Board of Pathology will provide the 17th examination, consisting of multiple choice questions. The language for this examination is English only. The examination may be taken by all anatomic pathologists who have qualified as a pathologist in an European Country. Successful candidates will be issued with a certificate by the EBP.

Examination procedures
The examination will be a multiple choice question examination, covering the whole field of pathology. The examination will consist of three parts, each lasting two hours.
• The first part deals with the theoretical aspects of general and systemic pathology and related basic sciences. The examination consists of 120 multiple choice questions. To succeed in the theoretical part of the examination, the candidate will need to have studied at least a recent textbook in Pathology such as Robbins or other equivalent textbooks.
• The second part consists of 50 projected images covering different aspects of gross pathology, cytopathology and special techniques in pathology. The latter techniques include molecular pathology and immunohistochemistry. Each kodachrome is accompanied by 1 multiple choice question.
• The third part of the examination consists of 40 glass slides for histological diagnosis. Each glass slide is accompanied by one multiple choice question. The total number of multiple choice questions is 210.

The questions, slides and kodachromes are provided by a number of expert pathologists from the participating countries. The selection for the examination is made by the examination committee.

Examination location
The next examination will take place in London, United Kingdom, 30 August 2014.
Information about the location will be send to the elected candidates in due time.

For this examination pathologists, qualified as a pathologist in an European country will be eligible to take the examination.
All pathologists must submit a signed copy of the official document confirming their qualification as a pathologist and a recent photograph. Residents in training must submit certified evidence that the residency training programme in pathology will be finished before before September 2014
The number of participants will be limited to 30. Registration will take place on a first-come-first-served basis, after payment. Please do not send money if you do not fulfil the requirements.

Subjects to be examined
The examination will cover the whole field of the daily practice of a pathologist. This includes histopathology, cytopathology, autopsy pathology. It also includes special techniques as electron microscopy, molecular pathology and (immuno) histochemistry. The examination is comparable with other international examinations in Pathology and requires sufficient knowledge of theoretical pathology as discussed in standard textbooks of Pathology.

Assessment fee
The fee for participating in the examination will be 500 EURO for 2014. This fee excludes the travel and lodging [Information about hotels can be provided] expenses of the candidate. Transfer should be made in EURO's to the EBP examination committee, as indicated on the registration forms. Credit Card payment or cheques are not possible. Payment can be made by Bank transfer to the Fortis-bank Ghent, Belgium.
The deadline for sending in your application form to take the examination and for payment of the examination is July 31, 2014

In the event of cancellation full refund of the examination fee minus 15% for administration costs, may be made up to four months before the examination. Only written cancellations shall be accepted. No refund will be made if the cancellation request is received at the secretariat of the Examination Committee of the European Board of Pathology after that date. Refunds will be processed in December 2014

Please address all information about the examination to the chairman of the Examination Committee:

Prof.dr. Claude Cuvelier
Head Academic Department of Pathology
Ghent University
UZG Blok A 5th floor
De Pintelaan 185
B 9000 Ghent
Fax. +32-9-3324965
Tel. +32-9-3323663
E-mail: Claude.Cuvelier@ugent.be