UEMS EUROPEAN BOARD OF NEUROLOGY THANKS ITS PARTNERS AND CONTRIBUTORS
TO THE EUROPEAN BOARD EXAMINATION IN NEUROLOGY

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The 12th EUROPEAN BOARD OF NEUROLOGY EXAMINATION 2020
will take place on Friday, 22 May 2020 in Paris.

The website will be continuously updated.

 

Edited by UEMS European Board of Neurologists – Examination Committee

Address:    
UEMS - EBN
c/o Vienna Medical Academy
Alser Strasse 4, 1090 Vienna, Austria
t: +43 1 405 13 83-32
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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 453 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”.

For an additional view on the exam please see the powerpoint presentation and the report of the 2019 Oslo-Exam on the main page of this website (will be uploaded as soon as possible).

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

 

TIME & VENUE

The 12th European Board Examination in Neurology will be organised one day prior to the 6th congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) on Friday, May 22, 2020 at the site of the EAN congress.

Venue:

Paris EXPO Porte de Versailles
1 Place de la Porte de Versailles
75015 Paris
France

The exams are taken in secluded rooms without public access.

 

WHY TAKING 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 practice 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:
"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."
"I just wanted to thank you for your unconditional support to take the EBN exam this year in Denmark. I was very proud of being part of the group who took this holistic examination. The organization and quality of the exam were great and will definitively help in the development of better academic neurologists."
"Thanks for all the communications and support given for taking the EBN examination. It is a good academic experience for me. 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 come 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 before January 31st
Final application deadline: April 1st
Deadline for submitting workpieces (for the oral examination): April 5th

Conditions

By applying for the European Board Examination one agrees to take the examination in the form and structure described and acknowledges that a cancellation is only possible in accordance with the cancellation conditions.
An application must be submitted by April 1st 2020 at the latest by completing the application form (see link to secure server at the bottom).
The correct filling in of personal data (in particular first and last name and only a title if requested) in the application form is crucial, as this data is used for the certificates that are only changed subsequently against payment of an additional fee.
The application must be confirmed by payment, the registration date is the date of transfer to our bank account.
In the event of failure there is no restriction on participation in subsequent examinations, provided that a (reduced!) examination fee is paid. Registration for the examination implies that the candidate accepts that the result of the examination is final. A legal debate on the final decision is not possible.

Invitation letter

If you need an invitation for a visa and have not yet received one, please contact us. Please be aware of longer waiting times for visas.

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)    Application
until 31.01.2020
   Standard
until 01.04.2020
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   750   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 Irak;
4 To get sure about the classification of low and lower-middle-income economies please find the following link:
http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-and-lending-groups#Low_income

In the year when taking the exam, the following discounts on the congress registration fees apply:
20% for the 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 May 1st applications for 2020, 2021 and 2022 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. Part (60%) of the written examination may 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 which is discussed orally with the examiners. Please bring a PPT presentation.
  3. A critical appraisal of a neurological topic discussed orally with the examiners. Please bring a presentation about 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).
The answers to the questions you will enter into your laptop.
The multiple choice test consists of approx. 100 multiple choice questions (MCQs) which includes 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 to bring along a manual and, if you wish, a few print-outs for the examination. Too much literature available will confuse you!
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 guideline papers from 2012-2019
  3. Prof. Klaus V. Toyka: Manual oft he Neurological examination – for Neurologists in Training (see link below)

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

EFNS & EAN guideline papers from 2012-2019

pdf button EFNS guideline ALS
pdf button EFNS guideline Ataxias
pdf button EFNS guideline diagnosis Parkinson's disease
pdf button EFNS guideline therapy Parkinson's disease
pdf button EFNS guideline mild traumatic brain injury
pdf button EFNS guideline ocular myasthenia
pdf button EFNS guideline PCR diagnosis of infectious diseases CNS
pdf button EFNS review on the role of muscle biopsy in the investigation of myalgia
pdf button EFNS-ENS/EAN Guideline on concomitant use of cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine in moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease
pdf button EAN consensus on mechanical thrombectomy in acute ischemic stroke
pdf button EAN consensus on palliative care
pdf button EAN guidelines on central neurostimulation therapy in chronic pain conditions
pdf button EAN guideline cerebral venous thrombosis
pdf button EAN guideline diseases associated with dementia
pdf button EAN guideline diagnosis and management of tick-borne encephalitis
pdf button EAN guideline pharmacological treatment of MS
pdf button EAN guideline managing Pompe's disease
pdf button EAN guideline PET-scan degenerative diseases
pdf button EAN guideline trigeminal neuralgia
pdf button EAN-ESO guideline prehospital management stroke

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 in non-English speaking countries will be taken into account.
Please send your submissions timely (i.e. before April 5th) or contact us in case of difficulties. Failure 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 April 5th.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to send in this document timely, a failure may be considered as a cancellation of the examination. In case of an incomplete set of sent documents after a complete subscription, we will send you a reminder amply before the examination.

Examples for essays and powerpoints:

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

Send your submission before April 5th to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We recommend that you prepare an oral presentation 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 own laptop to present some of the slides you have created. This slides should not be sent in 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.

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 recommend that you also prepare an oral presentation 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 own laptop to present some of your slides. This 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.

Clinical case

You will also be asked to present a clinical case that also represents 10% of the final mark. 

Please send your submissions (only essay and CAT) before April 5th to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

pdf button Case presentation example

pdf button Structured evaluation of a case presentation

  

TEMPORARY TIMETABLE

07:00 - 08:00     Registration
08:00 – 08:15   Get familiar with the question site
08:15   Instructions for candidates
08:30 – 09:45   during 1 hrs: closed book exam / 40 mcqs for all
10:00 – 11:30   during 1,5 hrs: open book 1 exam / 30 mcqs / 1st group
11:30   Lunch will be provided
12:00 – 13:30   during 1,5 hrs: open book 1 exam / 30 mcqs / 2nd group
14:00 – 15:30   during 1,5 hrs: open book 2 exam / 30 mcqs / 1st group
16:00 – 17:30   during 1,5 hrs: open book 2 exam / 30 mcqs / 2nd group
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10:00 – 19:00   Oral examination
20:00   Announcement of results

Please note that this schedule has not yet been finalized and can be adjusted with regard to  the examination intervals and the end of the exam.

 

EVALUATION OF RESULTS

Written tests
After receiving the results of the candidates, the data are analyzed 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 notes 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 notes between 0 and 10 are averaged to a mean score.

BRING ALONG TO THE EXAM

  • Your own laptop with a plug suitable for European sockets (type C, see www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets) and a working adapter for loading the battery
  • Reference sources for the open book part (see below)
  • Identification documents
  • Your powerpoint presentations for the oral exam

 

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