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TO THE EUROPEAN BOARD EXAMINATION IN NEUROLOGY

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14th EUROPEAN BOARD OF NEUROLOGY EXAMINATION 2022 

  

GENERAL

The European Board Examination in Neurology is a joint development of the UEMS Section of Neurology and the European Academy of Neurology. 

The exam was held in 2009 for the very first time and since then 626 candidates passed the exam. Successful candidates from all over the world are now conferred the title "Fellow of the European Board of Neurology (FEBN)". This title is not identical to “Fellow of the EAN”.

exam2019
11th European Board Examination in Neurology – 28. June 2019 – Oslo, Norway

 

TIME

The 14th European Board Examination in Neurology will be organised online.

Written exam: 27. May 2022 online.

Oral examination: 20. & 21. May 2022 via ZOOM teleconference or on 24. June 2022 on site of the EAN congress in Vienna.

 

WHY TAKE A EUROPEAN NEUROLOGY EXAMINATION?

Passing this examination is an additional sign of excellence but has no legal consequences and does not affect the right to practise within the EU or elsewhere. However it is a proof of excellence and gives the individual candidate a distinguishing mark, which may be an advantage in an application procedure within Europe.
The European Board Examination in Neurology is an important step towards further harmonisation and raising standards in European neurology. Cooperation with scientific neurological societies is an important scientific input and a guarantee for the continuous updating of the current knowledge of a European neurologist.

A few words of praise from successful candidates:
„I thoroughly liked the entire exam irrespective of whether I get through or not. Examiners were very learned, courteous, and made me feel comfortable. I have no complaint whatsoever.“
„It was a great experience writing the MCQ and attending the orals. I thank the authorities for upholding the standards and allowing us to participate in such a world class experience in neurology.”
„The oral examination part was a wonderful experience for me as I was able to interact with international faculty for the first time. They appreciated my work and that gave me a lot of confidence to move ahead in my profession . Will never forget their faces, thank you for the experience.“
„Thank you for a very well organised exam! I am very pleased with how it all worked out online! I would actually prefer this format also in the future.“
„I actually enjoyed being questioned and receiving feedback. That’s a very valuable part of the exam.“
"Many thanks. Being a FEBN I noticed that the world turns in different ways, as the title and the knowledge have opened many new doors and opportunities in the field of Neurology for me. Furthermore, the preparation and revision for the exam, which I completed successfully after 3,5 years of training in field of neurology, expanded further my knowledge in the area.". Thanking you sincerely"
"I would like to thank you a lot for all the help you gave me, your wonderful kindness and your generous availability; for making this experience one of the best of my life and a dream comes true."
"It has been a pleasure, a privilege and an honour meeting you in person, and witnessing the magnitude of your human qualities. Thanks again for the great work that you have done, and I will always be grateful for this gift."

 

APPLICATION

Participation in the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) is not required for participation in the EBN examination.

Deadlines

  • Early bird application deadline: January 15th, 2022
  • Final application deadline: March 1st, 2022
  • Deadline for submitting workpieces (CAT, Essay) for the oral examination: March 5th, 2022

Conditions

By applying for the European Board exam, one agrees to take the exam in the form and structure described and acknowledges that cancellation is only possible in accordance with the cancellation policy.
An application must be made by March 1st, 2022 at the latest by filling out the application form (see link to the secure server at the bottom of the page).
It is essential that the application form is filled out correctly with personal data (especially first and last name and, if desired, a title), as these data will be used for the certificates, which can only be changed at a later date against payment of an additional fee.
The application must be confirmed by payment, the application date is the date of transfer to our bank account.
In the event of exam failure, there is no restriction on participation in follow-up examinations, provided that a (reduced!) examination fee is paid. Registration for the exam requires that the candidate accepts that the result of the exam is final. A legal debate about the final decision is not possible.

Eligibility criteria

The European Board of Neurology will not require any certificates, but it is assumed that the candidates have completed their basic training in general medicine and a national postgraduate training programme with at least 3 years of training in clinical neurology in order to pass the exam.
Only identification documents are required on the day of the examination.

 

PAYMENT

Please transfer the fee free of charge for the beneficiary.

Admission Fees (in EUR)    Early bird fees
before 15.01.2022
  Standard
before 01.03.2022
Group 1 3 associated members of the EAN   600   650
Group 2 3 associated members of the EAN   350   400
Non-European low and lower-middle-income countries 4   350   400
Other non-European countries   700   800

 

Admission fees depend on the country of work (not on the country of birth or passport)
Payment and subscription via the website should be completed before the early bird date (see deadlines).
Group 1: EAN - Associate Member societies from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom
3 Group 2: EAN - Associate Member societies from Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Egypt, FYRO Macedonia, Georgia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Romania, Serbia, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and additionally Iraq;
4 To find out about the classification of low- and middle-income economies, please click on the following link:
http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-and-lending-groups#Low_income

In the year of taking the exam, the following discounts on the congress registration fees apply:
20% for EAN Resident and Research Fellow Section members and/or Full/Corresponding EAN members (https://www.ean.org/Members.2669.0.html)
10% discount for exam participants who are not full members of EAN. 
Upon payment of your exam registration fee, you will receive a discount code on the congress registration fee.

In the event of irregularities requiring further administrative steps, an additional handling fee of € 100 may be charged after notification.
For cancellations made before April 15th, subsequent applications for 2023 and 2024 will be possible for a considerably reduced charge.

 

CONTENTS

The examination is not an ultimate test to retrieve knowledge from memory, but a competence based exam founded on the roles adopted by UEMS: Medical Expert, Communicator, Scholar, Health Advocate, and Professional.

The examination consists of the following parts:

  1. About 100 MCQs on EAN-Guidelines and general Neurological topics. A part (60%) of the written examination can be taken with the help of reference sources (‘open book exam’)
  2. A short essay on a neurology-related topic of public health or ethics that is discussed orally with the examiners. Please have a PowerPoint presentation with you.
  3. A critical appraisal of a neurological topic which will be discussed orally with the examiners. Please have a presentation on your CAT with you.
  4. A presentation of a clinical case for oral discussion

The results of these 4 examinations are summarized to an overall grade.

Written part of the examination

The aim of this part of the examination is to test knowledge (closed book exam) and the handling of knowledge (open book exam).
You will enter the answers to the questions into your laptop.
The multiple choice test consists of approx. 100 multiple choice questions (MCQs) which include clinical case descriptions and can also contain images (radiology, pathology etc.).
About 40 questions have to be answered within the first 60 minutes (90 seconds per question) without using references. The rest can be answered within the following 180 minutes (3 minutes per question) using paper references of your choice. We recommend bringing along a manual and, if you wish, a few print-outs for the examination. Having too much literature available will confuse you!

Written exam
during 1 hr: closed book exam / 40 MCQs
during 1,5 hrs: open book 1 exam / 30 MCQs
during 1,5 hrs: open book 2 exam / 30 MCQs

The written part of the examination counts for 70% of the final mark. Multiple Choice Questions are selected from the main topics and diseases listed in our Core Curriculum.

pdf button European Training Requirements Neurology Vers. 2016

For your preparation we recommend:

  1. A. H. Ropper, M. A. Samuels: Adams and Victor´s Principles of Neurology, MacGraw Hill, or a similar textbook. These books may be taken to the exam to be used as a reference source in the open book parts.
  2. EFNS & EAN & ESO guideline papers from 2016-2020

These sources will be used by the question authors as well.

EFNS & EAN & ESO guideline papers from 2016-2020

pdf button EAN consensus on mechanical thrombectomy in stroke, Wahlgren 2016
pdf button EAN consensus on palliative care in chronic diseases, Oliver 2016
pdf button EAN consensus tickborn encephalitis, Taba 2017
pdf button EAN guideline coma, Kondziella 2020
pdf button EAN guideline dementia, Fredriksen 2020
pdf button EAN guideline FDG PET, Nobili 2018
pdf button EAN guideline managing Pompe's disease, VanderPloeg 2017
pdf button EAN guideline medication overuse headache, Diener 2020
pdf button EAN guideline neurogenic spinal hypertension, Fanciulli 2018
pdf button EAN guideline on central neurostimulation in pain, Cruccu 2016
pdf button EAN guideline on palliative care in MS, Solari 2020
pdf button EAN guideline on Pharmacological treatment of MS, Montalban 2017
pdf button EAN guideline trigeminal neuralgia, Bendtsen 2019
pdf button EAN recommendations small vessle disease, Mancuso 2020
pdf button EAN statement on sleep and stroke, Bassetti 2020
pdf button EAN-ESO guideline prehospital management stroke, Kobayashi 2017
pdf button ESO guideline cerebral venous thrombosis, Ferro 2017

pdf button Examples of MCQ

Oral part of the examination

The aim of this part of the examination is to test presentation skills, communication, the ability to discuss ethics and public health issues and current scientific issues. Language difficulties for candidates of non-English speaking countries will be taken into account.
Please send your submissions timely (i.e. before March 5th) and contact us in case of difficulties. Failure to do so may be considered as a cancellation of the examination. In the case of an incomplete set of documents sent after a complete subscription, we will send you a reminder before the examination.

Essay

You are asked to write an essay on an ethical or a public health topic in the field of neurology. This essay should be an original work and will be scanned for plagiarism.

pdf button How to prepare the essay to be presented

It is allowed to take other subjects of own preference. Write a short essay (max. 800 words) following the instructions and send this to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before March 5th.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to send in this document timely.

Examples for essays and powerpoints:

pdf button Examples of neurology related Ethics topics
pdf button Examples of neurology related Public Health topics

We ask you to prepare an oral presentation with a PowerPoint about your essay. This PowerPoint should not be submitted before the exam. During the exam, there will be 5 minutes to present your essay to the examiners. Please use your laptop to present some of the slides you have created. These slides should not be sent in before the examination.

The examiners will ask further questions for another 5 minutes and then fill out the form as shown in the example.
This part accounts for 10% of the final mark.

Critical appraisal on a topic (CAT)

You are asked to critically evaluate a topic in the field of clinical neurology. This appraisal should be an original piece and is also checked for plagiarism by a scanner.

pdf button How to perform a CAT

We ask you also to prepare an oral presentation with PowerPoint about your CAT. This PowerPoint should not be submitted before the exam. During the exam you have 5 minutes to present your CAT to the examiners. Please use your laptop to present some of your slides. These slides should not be sent before the examination.

The examiners will ask further questions for another 5 minutes and then complete the form as shown in the example.

This part accounts for 10% of the final mark.

Please send your submission before March 5th, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clinical case

You will also be asked to present a clinical case that also represents 10% of the final mark. We ask you to prepare an oral presentation with a PowerPoint.

pdf button Case presentation example

pdf button Structured evaluation of a case presentation

Please send your contributions (essay and CAT) in one single e-mail with your registration number in the subject line of this e-mail before March 5th to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the following way: 00xessay.doc and 00xcat.doc

It is not necessary to submit the clinical case. It is intended to be presented orally only.

 

EVALUATION OF RESULTS

Written tests
After receiving the results of the candidates, the data are analysed according to p-values and RIT-values. Questions with insufficient statistics are eliminated.
Afterwards the Cohen method is used to calculate a passing limit as a control measurement. The final marks will be calculated taking into account a real knowledge limit of 60%.

Oral tests
Two examiners prepare their own score for each of the three parts of the oral examination. All three marks between 0 and 10 are averaged to a mean score.

HAVE WITH YOU AT TO THE EXAM

  • Your own laptop and a power cable for charging
  • Reference sources for the open book part
  • Your PowerPoint presentations for the oral exam
  • Identification documents

 

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