Part two

Candidates should attempt the Part Two Examination within five years of passing their Part One Examination.

Once the Part Two Examination has been attempted, Part One becomes valid in perpetuity.

The Part Two Examination is held in October every year.

The actual part two examination is divided into four sections, each led by two Examiners:

  • OSCE Station – one hour General Paediatric Surgery and Oncology Station
  • OSCE Station – half hour Urology Station
  • OSCE Station – one hour Neonatal Surgery Station
  • OSCE Station – half hour Trauma Station

Overall there are currently 12 scenarios covering all aspects of paediatric surgery and urology as outlined in the European Training Requirements (link here).

Tablets are used to view images, CT scans, X-rays, etc.

Candidates will be expected to answer the questions to an appropriate level to pass all the OSCE scenarios

Each exam session is led by two examiners, who are occasionally joined by an examination observer. This observer is only observing the examination process as a learning exercise prior to becoming an examiner, and is not examining you as the candidate. Occasionally Observers will be able to view the examination from observation decks and not be in the actual examination room. A Quality Assessor will also view the examinations, but he/she will be assessing the examiners, again not you the candidate.

The exam takes place over two very full days, and there is a strict timetable in place.  You will be waiting for long periods of time in between your own sessions. It may be possible for you to leave the hospital for short periods of time but you must report to the exam staff team prior to leaving, and you must report back within 50 minutes of your next exam slot.

Results are given personally at the end of the examination, and a Medal is presented to the Best Candidate, after which photographs will be taken.

Successful Candidates’ names are recommended to the UEMS EBPS Section for inclusion to the EBPS Specialist Register in January of each year, and Fellowship Certificates are signed and sent to the candidate’s home address within one month of inclusion on the register.