European Board Examination in Pathology
Lisbon, Portugal, 31 August 2013
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
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.
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 60 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 220.
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.
The next examination will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, 31 August 2013, at the occasion of the next
Intercongress Meeting of the European Society of Pathology.
Information about the location will be send to the elected candidates in due
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 2013
The number of participants will be limited to 50. 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.
The fee for participating
in the examination will be 500 EURO for 2013. 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
forms. Credit Card payment is 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
for payment of the examination is July 31, 2013
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 2013
Please address all information about the examination to the chairman of the
Prof.dr. Claude Cuvelier
Head Academic Department of Pathology
UZG Blok A 5th floor
De Pintelaan 185
B 9000 Ghent