Welcome to EBCTS online
Established to set high professional standards
The primary aim of The European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (EBCTS) is to encourage common high standards and qualifications in cardiothoracic surgery in all European countries and beyond. This should potentially allow for the mutual recognition of these qualifications between European countries and elsewhere.
An online resource for you
The European Board has established this online resource to inform you regarding the details of the EBCTS examinations, regulations and requirements. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us
The Level One examinations were held on 21 & 22 October 2020. The Level Two examination has been moved to January/February 2021.
Whilst we recognise that many Cardiothoracic Surgeons will feel unable to put themselves forward for examination due to the current COVID-19 crisis, some will be in a position to do so and should be provided with this opportunity.
The Level Two examination will be held on 28 January 2021 and will take place using Zoom.
Applications for Level Two are now open and will close on 30 November 2020.
Again arrangements are dependant on global circumstances and we will review the situation regularly and advise of any necessary changes to the schedule.
The European Board wishes all of you safety and good health in these difficult times.
Please contact Amanda Cameron if you have any queries or questions.
Level One Examination
The Membership of the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (MEBCTS): tests the scope of knowledge, clinical judgement and application of the principles and practice of surgery to the standard expected at the end of National training in the generality of cardiothoracic surgery, ready to commence as an independent specialist.
Level Two Examination
The Fellowship of the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (FEBCTS): tests the scope of knowledge, clinical judgement and application of the principles and practice of an autonomous / independently practising surgeon to the standard expected in one or more areas of established sub-specialist practice – adult cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, congenital cardiac surgery.
The EBCTS Syllabus describes the knowledge, skills and behaviours examined in the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery examinations. The syllabus identifies the breadth of medical knowledge and clinical judgement as learning outcomes required for the Membership and Fellowship examinations of the EBCTS.
Candidates MUST read the regulations of the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery before applying to ensure that they are eligible to sit the examination.