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Permanent Education Committee Members

31. July 2017 Education no comments

Peep Talving
Visceral Trauma Section representative

Luca Ponchietti
Emergency Surgery Section representative

Jonathan Tilsed
Excecutive Board representative

Roberto Faccincani
Advisory Council representative

Simon Tizian
Polytrauma Section representative

Jan Verbruggen
Skeletal Trauma and Sports Medicine Section representative

Ioannis Gerogiannis
Disaster and Military Surgery Section representative

Piotr Koleda
European Trauma Course representative

EBSQ in Trauma Surgery

17. January 2017 Education no comments

EBSQ Trauma Surgery Examination – May 5, 2019, Prague, Czech Republic


EBSQ Trauma Surgery

European Board Examination Trauma Surgery during ESTES Meeting 2019 in Prague

Time: Sunday, May 5, 2019


Examination fee: special congress fee of EUR 200,00 instead of EUR 700,00 for Czech applicants

Registration and details:
Website and application forms
Phone: + 32 2486 0642 5164 Anne-Emilie Arnault


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:

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.

Emergency Surgery Course (ESC)

9. July 2014 Education no comments

The ESTES/AAST Emergency Surgery Course will be held in Oslo, Norway on 22nd-23rd April 2022, immediately before the European Congress of Trauma and Emergency Surgery.

ESC Conflict of Interest Disclosure Forms

COI Form Coimbra
COI Form Feliciano
COI Form Fingerhut
COI Form Leppäniemi
COI Form Peitzman
COI Form Spain
COI Form Tilsed
COI Form Voiglio

The ESC® (joint collaboration between ESTES and AAST) aims to aid surgeons in non-trauma emergency surgery by providing the know-how and the decision-making skills necessary for daily practice. The course consists of theoretical sessions, case scenarios and state-of-the-at videos. The course is especially designe in an interactive format from the beginning until the end.

The course is divided into two parts:

  • the first consists of several theoretical, didactic sessions, designed to provide the basic steps for adequate and timely diagnostic and decision-making
  • the second, video-based, designed to provide tips and tricks to improve the skills of the general surgeon to deal with surgical emergencies.

In sum, the ESC has the following goals:

  • Confront surgeons with every day and problematic emergency scenarios
  • Provide concrete answers and guidelines for questions emerging from these situations
  • Hone the decision-making skills necessary to manage pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative issues

“We provide two days of emergency surgery education that include:

  • Breakout sessions
    • Case discussions
    • Topic reviews

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Abdominal sepsis
    • Bowel obstruction
    • Colorectal emergencies
    • Acute cholecystitis
    • Obstetric emergencies

Interested in holding an ESC at your institution? Contact for more details!

Postgraduate course in medical response to major incidents (MRMI)

9. July 2014 Education no comments

Background and aims of the course

The medical response to major incidents is a chain of many components: Prehospital response, transport, hospital response, communication, coordination & command. The outcome of the response is dependent on the function of all these components, and also (which is important) how they function together.

Consequently, effective and realistic training and evaluation of the medical response cannot be done by training of one isolated component: The different functions must be trained together to make possible an accurate evaluation of the outcome, as a base for learning and further development of the methodology.

A way to achieve this is using advanced simulation models. In such models, special emphasis can be put on any of the components in the chain, but all the other components also have to be illustrated and involved to permit a complete and realistic training as well as an accurate evaluation of the outcome with regard to mortality and complications.
 The aim of the present course is to illustrate and teach a methodology that can be used to achieve these goals. This methodology can be used for training and evaluation of any organization and any way or working and is thereby widely applicable.

Design of the course

The course is open for staff involved in all the above listed functions. In your application, you must register in the respective category you want to train (if you can consider to train in more than one of the functions, you can list them according to your priority, see application form). In selecting participants, we have the aim to get an appropriate distribution of staff among the different functions.

The course is combined with an instructor course. Those qualified to train as instructors arrive earlier for instructor training and then attend the basic course as instructors under mentorship of the course faculty. 
The course is built up in two steps:

(1) Limited training session under guidance of instructors

(2) Two full-day simulation exercises where the whole response to a major incident is trained and evaluated under guidance of instructors. All participants are actively working in their respective functions.

Examination and diploma

A written examination will be performed at the end of the course. Approved examination results in a diploma.

Simulation system

The MACSIM system will be used in this course (
On this website you can also stay informed about future courses.

Past courses

  • 10-15 November, 2009 – Split, Croatia
  • 05 – 07 October, 2010 – Milan, Italy
  • 06-11 March, 2011 – Slavonski Brod, Croatia
  • 26-28 April, 2011 – Milan, Italy
  • 26-28 November, 2012 – Stockholm, Sweden
  • 22-24 August , 2013 – Stockholm, Sweden

Modular UltraSound ESTES Course (MUSEC)

9. July 2014 Education no comments



MUSEC: a new educational opportunity offered by ESTES for improving acute care

To visit the MUSEC Hompeage click here!

After the first edition at ECTES 2013 in Lyon, the ESTES US Course (MUSEC – Modular UltraSound ESTES Course) is now available for all European surgeons.

From surgeons to surgeons, particularly devoted to acute care surgeons and to all physicians who need a surgical decision-making approach in acute settings, this is the MUSEC philosophy:

  • Modular
    • Short half-day modules with 2/3 of time for hands-on training on healthy models and simulated cases
    • Adaptable to different needs and level of expertise
  • A wide and interactive web-based platform for pre-course e-learning, with lessons, videoclips and tests, in order to make very practical the day of the course
  • Two main aims: teaching US technique and abnormal findings (“to be able to do”) and practicing US driven surgical decision-making in different settings
  • A dream: helping surgeons to experience the invaluable usefulness of US in their own hands, for fastening and simplifying decision-making and saving time and resources

Five modules [2 basic (*), 3 advanced (§)] are available. Contents of each module are detailed below.

Admission to advanced modules requires documented experience in some basic applications of US. Hands-on practice of advanced modules cannot be effective for beginners. A succesful web-based pre-test should be accomplished before admission to advanced modules.

ESTES Individual Members and Members of the affiliated National Societies have the right to register at reduced fees.

Past Courses: information to be found here

Info and next courses:

We are looking forward to meeting you in one of the forthcoming courses!

If you are interested in having the Course in your Country or Hospital, feel free to contact us. (,

The MUSEC Faculty Team

Eva Barbosa* (Portugal), Miriam Ruesseler* (Germany), Andrea Casamassima* (Italy), Fawzi Al-Ayoubi (Sweden), Antonio La Greca (Italy), Ruben Balzarotti (Switzerland), Fernando Ferreira* (Portugal), Diego Mariani* (Italy), Isidro Martinez Casas* (Spain), Alan Biloslavo (Italy), Jorge Pereira* (Portugal), Estela Membrilla (Spain), Luis Pinheiro* (Portugal), Aitor  Landaluce (Spain), Hayato Kurihara (Italy), Gary Bass (Ireland), Pedro Ramos (Portugal), Gianguido Montagnolo (Italy), Rodrigues Silva* (Portugal), Luca Ponchietti (Spain), Matteo Marconi (Italy), Fabio Butti (Switzerland), Mihai Paduraru (Spain), Matteo Bernasconi (Switzerland), Mauro Zago* (Italy)   (* = Steering Group)

Contents of Modules

Basic Modules

1* EFAST module

  • Essential of US in Trauma, the easiest way to approach US
  • FAST and EFAST protocols
  • free fluid in abdomen, thorax, pericardium
  • basic lung US

2* Diagnostic US in Emergency Department

Common problems and syndromes that require a quick assessment

  • Aorta
  • Gallbladder and biliary tree
  • Kidney and urinary tract
  • DVT (CUS)
  • Fractures
  • Soft tissue infections and collections
Advanced Modules

3§ Advanced Visceral US in acute abdomen

Acquiring confidence in hollow viscus US for many acute conditions
US driven protocols
Practice on healthy models and phantoms

  • Appendicitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Hernias
  • Bowel ischemia
  • IBD
  • Contrast enhanced US (CEUS) in abdominal emergencies (trauma & nontrauma)

4§ Interventional US

Interventional US-guided maneuvers in the acute patient
Practice on phantoms

  • Venous cannulation (central and periferal)
  • Thoracentesis
  • Diagnostic peritoneal aspiration (DPA)
  • Cholecistostomy
  • Suprapubic cystostomy
  • Abscesses and collections drainage
  • Monitoring of pneumothorax aspiration

5§ US and shock

Discovering the extraordinary help US can give you for managing shock

  • basic echocardiography for dummies (and surgeons)
  • IVC
  • Lung US
  • US monitoring of resuscitation
  • The Rush protocol
  • Surgical and non surgical case scenarios

Congress Grant

9. July 2014 Education no comments

Do you want to be a congress grant winner?

Are you going to attend the 21st European Congress of Trauma and Emergency Surgery taking place in Oslo, Norway (April 26–28, 2020)?
Would you like to win a travel grant of EUR 1,000?
Do you fulfill the criteria?

If your answer to all questions below is „Yes“, seize this chance and apply for your ESTES congress grant 2020!

The prerequisites are:

  • Age below 35 (date of congress is decisive)
  • Specialist or Specialist-in-Training in Trauma and Emergency Surgery
  • Submission and presentation of an accepted abstract
  • Documented scientific activities
  • Submission of the required documents (letter of intent, CV, list of publications, letter of recommendation)
  • Short report about the congress after the event
  • Individual member of ESTES or intention to become an individual member of ESTES

To apply for a grant, please return the filled-out application form and all required documents to the ESTES Administrative Office until February 9, 2020.

Congress Grant Application form_ECTES 2020

ESTES Endorsement

9. July 2014 Education no comments

Guidelines for ESTES endorsement

Events related to the focus of ESTES may apply for endorsement. If so desired by the organizers, an announcement can be inserted into the ESTES journal and published in the event calendar on the ESTES website.

ESTES office should be informed by e-mail of the event well ahead of time.

Any mention of ESTES (e.g. “request of endorsement in progress”) on the preliminary programme before the endorsement application is received, will lead to automatic rejection of the endorsement request and may cause prosecution.

Requirements for different event categories

1. Events organized by ESTES institutional members:

  • Automatic endorsement after providing event information to ESTES Office by e-mail
  • Language: any of the official languages of one of the institutional members of ESTES
  • The involvement of ESTES must be mentioned on the programme
  • Reduced fees must be offered to ESTES members
  • An ESTES booth appropriate to the size of the meeting must be provided at no cost, if requested by ESTES
  • ESTES posters and membership forms must be presented and/or distributed during the congress or course, if requested by ESTES
  • After approval, the ESTES logo may be used on printed matters.

2. Events taking place in member countries, but organized from other organizations that are not institutional members of ESTES.

  • A completed and signed application form
  • Language: any of the official languages of one of the institutional members of ESTES
  • Dates and venue must not encroach on those of ESTES
  • The involvement of ESTES must be mentioned on the programme
  • Reduced fees (min. 10 %) must be offered to ESTES members
  • An ESTES booth appropriate to the size of the meeting must be provided at no cost, if requested by ESTES
  • ESTES posters and membership forms must be presented and/or distributed during the congress or course, if requested by ESTES
  • After approval, the ESTES logo may be used on printed matters.

3. Events taking place in non-member countries

  • A completed and signed application form
  • Scientific programme of the meeting
  • Language: any of the official languages of one of the institutional members of ESTES
  • Dates and venue must not encroach on those of ESTES
  • Reduced fees (min. 10 %) must be offered to ESTES members
  • After approval, the term “Recommended by ESTES” may be used on printed matters, but not the ESTES logo.
ESTES endorsement application form