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EBSQ in Emergency Surgery

17. November 2015 Education no comments

European Board of Surgery Qualification in Emergency Surgery:

The European Board of Surgery Qualification (EBSQ) in Emergency Surgery is awarded by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS).  It is a 2-stage quality validation process consisting of an Eligibility assessment and an Examination leading to the award of the title “Fellow of the European Board of Surgery in Emergency Surgery – F.E.B.S./EmSurg.”

A UEMS fellowship (F.E.B.S.) represents a high-level validated quality controlled process and reflects certain knowledge and skills of a candidate.  The title F.E.B.S./EmSurg will confirm that the holder has successfully demonstrated knowledge and skills in Emergency Surgery that, in most cases, far exceed the requirements of a national Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training.

The Eligibility assessment is made on information provided by the candidate at the time of application for the examination.  It is based on the candidate’s operative experience, but also includes a requirement for publication of work in scientific journals and participation in relevant national or international meetings. Operative experience is assessed on the basis of a logbook and the performance of specific core procedures.  The assessment of additional skills is structured in such a way that it should be possible to  accommodate the variety of emergency surgical practice across Europe.

Candidates should also have completed the ATLS and DSTC courses (although there are provisions for alternatives) and should have completed their specialist training.  Applications must be supported by two independent experts (e.g. trainers). Candidates must pass the Eligibility assessment in order to take the  Examination.

The Examination is designed to test the candidate’s knowledge and consists of a 3-hour multiple choice test (MCQ) of 100 questions and a 6 station objective structured clinical assessment (OSCE).

The cost of applying for the EBSQ in Emergency Surgery is €700 of which €350 is required at the time of application for the Eligibility assessment.

As a result of the Covid pandemic, the next examination for this qualification will take place online. The MCQ examination will be held on Saturday 17th April 2021 and the OSCE examination on Saturday 24th April 2021. The closing date for applications is 19th March 2021.

Further details of the examination, syllabus, eligibility requirements (including a full list of procedures required for the logbook) and application process can be found on the Emergency Surgery pages of the UEMS Website.  There is also a suggested reading list to help prepare for the examination.

For enquiries please contact:


18. May 2015 Sections 1 comment

What does the Polytrauma section represent?

Patients with multiple severe injuries encounter a larger range of complications and a more complex clinical stay than those with severe isolated injuries, e.g. “polytrauma is more difficult to treat than the sum of the isolated injuries”.

The treatment requires knowledge of the complex interplay between several cascade systems that are activated by the injury, the hemorrhage, the ensuing coagulopathy and the activation of inflammation (four vicious cycles). The avoidance of complications through knowledge can save lives.

Therefore, it is necessary that this important subtopic is covered within a society that focuses on the treatment of acute injuries.

What is the aim of the Polytrauma section

The Polytrauma section aims at teaching members of ESTES, visitors of the Annual meeting and readers of scientific Journals the issues of pathophysiology, scientific findings and invovations in treatment of polytrauma patients. .

Board members (Polytrauma section and steering board)

Hans-Christoph Pape, Section chair
Aitor Andaluce, Section cochair

Steering Board Members:
Luca Fattori, Rebecca Hasler, Gleb Korobushkin, Aitor Landaluce-Olavarria, Radko Komadina, Diego Mariani, Thomas Müller, Hans-Jörg Oestern, Hans-Christoph Pape, Roman Pfeifer, Ruben Peralta, François Pitance , Hans-Peter Simmen

Definition of Polytrauma

An evidence based Definition of Polytrauma was developed by members of the Polytrauma section as follows:

The term ‘polytrauma’ was first used by Tscherne et al. in 1966 for patients that demonstrated a combination of at least 2 ‘severe injuries of the head, chest or abdomen’ or ‘one of them in association with an extremity injury’ In 1975, Border et al.  defined the ‘polytrauma’ patient “as any patient with two or more significant injuries”. Oestern et al. then distinguished the entity ‘polytrauma’ as  ‘a patient with two or more injuries, one of them being potentially life threatening’ from `isolated, but potentially life threatening injuries`, for which he coined the term ‘barytrauma’.

To address the lack of an evidence based definition, a group of experts met in a series of scientific sessions and meetings. These were held under the auspices of several societies; European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery (ESTES), German Trauma Society (DGU), British Trauma Society (BTS), American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), New Zealand Association for the Surgery of Trauma (ANZAST) The consensus was reached following a number of quality management measures, such as a preparative literature review, multiple in person meetings, and evaluation of data using data from 28.211 polytraumatized patients. The ensuing parameters consisted of five pathologic conditions and ancillary parameters to describe a multiply injured patient.

The definition of polytrauma revisited: An international consensus process and proposal of the new ‘Berlin definition’ Pape HC, Lefering R, Butcher N, Peitzman A, Leenen L, Marzi I, Lichte P, Josten C, Bouillon B, Schmucker U, Stahel P, Giannoudis P, Balogh Z. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Nov;77(5):780-786.


  1. Polytrauma Course

The hallmark of the Polytrauma section is represented by the Polytrauma course, which is structured as a 2 day course.

It is guided by a Polytrauma course steering board

  1. ISO Certification


Survey: What is new and what is true in Polytrauma
Definition of the major fracture

Initiative: DCO indications, an expert opinion and systematic review (EJOT 2020)
Polytrauma courses with ESTES, Steering board meetings

Standards in Trauma Management
Polytrauma courses with ESTES, Steering board meetings

S3 guideline and others for  trauma
Polytrauma courses with ESTES, Steering board meetings

Section Meetings

Minutes Consensus Meeting_2019_09_12
Minutes Consensus Meeting_2019_05_05
Section Meeting Agenda 2019
Minutes Steering Board Meeting_2019_01_10

Agenda Steering Board Meeting_2018_09_20
Minutes Steering Board Meeting_2018_09_20
Section Meeting Minutes 2018

Articles/Position Papers

Indications and interventions of damage control orthopedic surgeries: an expert opinion survey_2020
The definition of polytrauma revisited: An international consensusprocess and proposal of the new ‘Berlin definition’_2014
Documentation of Blunt Trauma in Europe_2000

Free Polytrauma APP
The APP has been developed in 2016 and is available for Android and IOS. It is free and demonstrates all relevant scoring systems to be used in the emergency room and thereafter. It
– summarizes all relevant information
– includes clinically relevant scores
– includes clinically relevant flow charts
– helps with clinical decision making


AO Trauma
Leitlinie Polytrauma
Polytrauma Scores
Trauma Registry

Networking Opportunities

12. February 2015 ESTES Congress 2019 no comments

Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception
Sunday, May 5, 2019 | Location: Clarion Congress Hotel Prague

A warm welcome in Prague! After checking in on Sunday, we invite you to socialise with your colleagues and other delegates in a pleasant atmosphere in the Clarion Congress Hotel Prague.

The Welcome Reception is free of charge.


Official Congress Evening
Monday, May 6, 2019 | Location: Hard Rock Cafe Prague

Prague says Hello! Feel free to enjoy a good mix of American and Czech culture and food in the oldest Hard Rock Cafe.

A ticket is 80 EUR, and registration is possible via the online registration system.

European Trauma Course

22. August 2014 Education no comments

The European Trauma Course (ETC) is a joint initiative of four institutions:

  • European Resuscitation Council (ERC)
  • European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery (ESTES)
  • European Society for Emergency Medicine (EuSEM)
  • European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA)

Who is the target group?

  • The ETC is targeted at doctors from all specialties and other highly qualified health care professionals (eg. advanced nurse practitioners, critical care paramedics etc.) who treat major trauma patients in their daily practice
  • It is an advanced course and candidates must have experience in treating major trauma patients before they attend a course.

Why should you attend the course?

  • The ETC is an innovative 2.5 days Life Support Course for doctors and non-medical health care professionals that are involved in the acute care of major trauma patients.
  • ETC provides state-of-the-art trauma training with a strong focus on team work and non-technical skills.
  • The ETC is a hands-on course and candidates spend 85 % of their time working practically in scenario-based workshops.
  • Candidates are trained in small groups resembling trauma teams working in a shock room environment.
  • The ETC is certified by all partner societies.
  • The ETC is the only internationally accredited trauma course that trains doctors and non-medical health care professionals side by side in multi-specialty teams.

To facilitate the international implementation and further development of the programme, the four ETC partner societies ERC, ESTES, EuSEM and ESA have formalised their cooperation and founded the European Trauma Course Organisation (ETCO).

To find out more about the course visit the website

If you want to attend this course please follow this link.