European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery Examination


The intention of the  European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery in setting up these examinations is to provide a standard that can be recognized across Europe for European Cardiothoracic Surgery. While we would like to see standards as high as possible, it is not the intention that the examination requires a level of excellence that is only attainable by a minority of the candidates. The purpose is to recognize and award the certificate of the Board to surgeons who attain a level of knowledge and competence that can be recognized as appropriate for independent practice in Europe.

The examination will be undertaken in the generality of the specialty of Cardiothoracic Surgery, but the candidates can choose one of the following profiles: Cardiac, Cardiothoracic or Cardiovascular Surgery.

Candidates will be expected to have a basic knowledge in all aspects of cardiothoracic anatomy and physiology and relevant investigations and therapeutics. They should also have a more detailed knowledge of the assessment, selection, operative management, post operative care, and all aspects of surgical care for their predominant area of clinical practice (cardiac, cardiothoracic or cardiovascular).

Surgeons with a profile of Thoracic Surgery will not be eligible for the UEMS Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery examination. The recently created UEMS Section of Thoracic Surgery has the exclusivity of examinations for candidates with a profile of Thoracic Surgery.