EBU Oral Examination

Date: Saturday 3 June 2017
Time: Between 08.00 and 20.30 hrs.
Venue: Brussels, Belgium


EBU Oral Examination
The objective of the examination is to test the candidate’s ability to evaluate and manage common cases in every day practice. The candidate is examined by a team of two urologists and will be presented three clinical cases. The examination sessions last maximum of 55 minutes.

Eligibility Criteria
The applicant must have passed the EBU (Online) Written Examination in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016. 
In addition the applicant meets one of the following criteria.

- Final-year resident: Trained as part of an official national urology training programme in a UEMS/EBU member country. The training must be completed on or before 31 October 2017.
- Certified urologist: Fully qualified as a urologist by the recognised national authority from a UEMS/EBU member country.

A certified urologist qualified as a urologist in a non-UEMS/EBU member country is not eligible for the EBU Oral Examination. 

UEMS/EBU member countries
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.

Languages
The applicant can choose from one of the following languages: Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Examination fee
EUR 400,00.

Application procedure
Online registration start 5 December 2016 and ends 31 January 2017 at 23.59 hrs. CET.

Step 1: Online registration 
- Fill in personal information: In case the registration is done by a third party the registrant is obliged to provide the accurate details of the applicant.
- Choose the debtor payment option: "Applicant" or "Other" (i.e. sponsor). The invoice is issued in the name of, and is sent to the debtor by post.
- Pay the examination fee: The payment can be done by credit card only and is processed upon completion of the registration.
- Complete the registration: Press "Finish". The applicant receives an automated confirmation of registration email.

Step 2: Submit the required documents
To complete the application procedure, the applicant submits hard copies of the following documents:
- 1 passport-sized photograph.
-
EBU logbook* covering the period January 2012 - December 2016.
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English*.
D
ocument stating the training/certification status. 
- Photocopy valid passport or identity card.

  - Final-year resident: Original 2017 EBU Oral Examination statement*
  - Urologist: A photocopy of the national board certificate in urology.

*These documents must be based on the provided templates and contain current and accurate information. The required documents must be delivered by post at the EBU office on, or before 15 February 2017.

When the documents meet the EBU criteria, the applicant is informed by email accordingly.

Step 3: Receive information about the status of the application
The number of candidates is limited to 320. If the number of applications exceeds 320 a waiting list will be put in place, and:  

- A maximum number of candidates per language may be considered. The applications are handled on first-come, first-serve basis.
- Applicants who have passed the EBU Written Examination in 2012 are given priority.

Early April 2017: After all applications have been processed, applicants will be informed about the status of their application which is one of the following:

- Participation: Candidates selected to take the examination will receive a  confirmation of participation. This includes the venue details and general information about the examination procedure.  

- Waiting list: Applicants on the waiting list will be informed accordingly. When a time slot becomes available the applicant will be given the choice to either participate or decline. The waiting list is maintained until 10 May 2017. In case of non-participation the full examination fee is reimbursed. 

- Cancellation: In case the applicant does not meet the eligibility criteria and/or fails to submit the required documents, the EBU will cancel the registration. The examination fee minus EUR 30,00 cancellation fee will be reimbursed.

Step 4: Receive information about the time of examination.
Early May 2017: The candidates will be informed by email about the time of their examination session. There are 8 examination sessions. Personal preferences for the time of examination will not be taken into consideration.

Provisional programme
08.00-12.30: Examination sessions 1-4.
13.35-18.00: Examination sessions 5-8.
19.30-20.15: Announcement of results and diploma ceremony.
19.50-20.10: Re-examination sessions.
Candidates are strongly recommended to be present until the end of the programme.

Sequestering
To ensure a fair examination the candidates of the first 3 morning and first 3 afternoon sessions will have to remain at the venue until the last morning and last afternoon sessions have started. Respective candidates will have to wait in the designated waiting area once their examination session has ended.

Electronic equipment
The use of electronic equipment is not allowed in the examination room and the sequestering area. Candidates who do not adhere to this policy will be disqualified. 

Scoring system
Scoring per clinical case: Minimum 3 and maximum 12 points.
The overall score per candidate is determined after 3 cases: Maximum 36. The passing score is 24, without an absolute failure.

The marks are transcribed on a 1 -10 scale according to the following calculation:

Score

≤ 17

18 - 20

21 - 23

24 - 26

27 - 29

30 - 32

≥ 33

Mark

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Mark Oral Examination

Mark Written Examination

Result

4

≥ 8

Re-exam

5

7 or 8

Re-exam

5

9

Compensation = pass

Re-examination
Candidates qualifying for re-examination will be given the opportunity to resit the examination the same day. There will be one re-examination session of maximum 20 minutes. The candidate is assessed on one clinical case and is informed about the result at the end of the session.

FEBU diploma and FEBU title
Successful candidates are presented a proof of successful completion during the diploma ceremony.

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Certified urologist: Receives the FEBU diploma and may use the FEBU title. 

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Final-year resident: Is presented a provisional diploma. The provisional diploma states that the holder will obtain the FEBU diploma, and may use the FEBU title, only after having submitted a copy of the certificate of accreditation as a urologist at the EBU office.

Result and Certificate
About 2 weeks after the examination the result letters are sent by postal mail. The results are provided only once. Requests from candidates to get insight into one's personal performance will be declined. 

Cancellation procedure 
Cancellations must be reported by 
e-mail. The following cancellation fees apply.

EUR 30,00
- Cancellation by the EBU if the applicant does not meet the application criteria.
-
Cancellation by the applicant received on, or before 1 March 2017. 
The remaining balance of EUR 370,00 will be refunded.

EUR 100,00
- Cancellation by the applicant received between 2 March up to and including 2 May 2017. 
The remaining balance of EUR 300,00 will be refunded.

100% of the examination fee
-
Cancellation by the applicant received between 3 May up to and including 3 June 2017. 
No show. 
A cancelled registration will not be deferred.

National Examinations 
Poland and Hungary: In compliance with national regulations the exit examinations are co-organised under the auspices of the national urological associations in Warsaw and Budapest respectively.

Turkey: In collaboration with the Joint Turkish Board of Urology the examination is co-organised in Istanbul for those candidates who passed the EBU Online Written Examination 2016.

The examinations are performed in the native languages of the respective countries. The candidates are registered through, and informed by their national associations.

Resources
No specific texts or sources are required or recommended to prepare for the EBU Examination. Candidates are suggested to follow the advice and recommendations of their national curriculum. 

The EAU guidelines provide a useful consensus of urological management. 

Registration is closed