The 4th UEMS (European Union of Medical Specialists), www.uems.net, EBN (European Board Examination in Neurology) took place during the 16th European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) Congress in Stockholm, Sweden, on 7 September 2012.
· For this examination, 23 candidates from 13 countries (Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Iraq, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom) participated. The structure of the examination was designed according to the previous ones (refer to www.uems-neuroboard.org) except for two changes. A new passing limit was introduced for the MCQ questions, and 8 case vignettes instead of four were presented to the candidates. Moreover, for the first time, the passing limit for the examination was established according to scientific standards using the Nedelsky method, and was set at 65%. This equals 78 of the 120 MCQs. The additional case vignettes were evaluated according to the previous procedure.After the electronic evaluation of the MCQ tests was concluded, the outcome was announced individually to the candidates by Dr. Alexandre Bisdorff (President UEMS SBN) and Prof. Svein Ivar Mellgren (Chairman of the Examination Committee). Five candidates did not pass the written examination and two candidates failed the oral test.
· In addition, all candidates were offered the possibility to give a voluntary free presentation on a case history from their own practice, scientific results or other neurological achievements of their own. All candidates took this opportunity and held presentations before a faculty consisting of Dr. Alexandre Bisdorff, Prof. Svein Ivar Mellgren and Prof. Serefnur Ozturk.
· Following the electronic evaluation of the MCQ tests, the outcomes were announced individually to the candidates by Dr. Alexandre Bisdorff (President UEMS SBN) and Prof. Svein Ivar Mellgren (Vice President UEMS SBN). The final result of the EBN examination showed that out of the 23 candidates participating, 16 passed the examination and were conferred the title Fellow of the European Board of Neurology. Thus five candidates did not pass the written examination and two failed the oral test.
This fourth EBN has shown a continuous growth in the number of candidates. Moreover, newly introduced items, such as the implementation of a scientific method for determining the passing limit and an increase in the number of case vignettes, were established. From 2013 on the oral examination will be replaced by EMQ (extending matching questions). This will allow an even better assessment of the participants. Moreover, the ‘free presentations’ will become an integral part of the examination, i.e. will cease to be voluntary.
The UEMS EBN examination has been limited up till now to persons from UEMS member countries, Canada, USA and Turkey, but from 2013 on it will be open worldwide. Successful candidates from the UEMS member countries will be conferred the title Fellow of the European Board of Neurology, whereas those from other, non EU countries, will receive a diploma acknowledging their successful participation in the examination.
Prof. Svein Ivar Mellgren, UEMS SBN, Vice-President and Prof. Wolfgang Grisold, UEMS SBN, Examination Committee Chair, are convinced that the UEMS EBN examination is developing in the right direction, and will significantly increase in quality with the implementation of the described changes.
For more information refer to the UEMS EBN website www.uems-neuroboard.org, or contact the UEMS EBN secretariat:
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Tel: +43 1 405 13 83 – 14
Fax: +43 1 407 82 74
The next examination will be held in conjunction with the 23rd Meeting of the European Neurological Society on 7 June 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.
Fellows of the European Board of Neurology and Examination Faculty 2012
Below are the names and countries of origin of the respective successful candidates of the 2012 UEMS-European Board Examination in Neurology.
Karen Aegidius, MD, PhD - Denmark
Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed - United Kingdom
Dr. Iordanis Dimitrios Avramidis, - Sweden
Marc Boix Codony, MD - Spain
Devrimsel Harika Ertem, MD - Turkey
Nurbanu Gurbuzer, MD - Turkey
Klaus Hansen, MD - Denmark
Hans Ulrik Jørgensen, MD - Denmark
Odysseas Kargiotis, MD, PhD - Switzerland
Mette Lindelof, MD - Denmark
Dimitrios Papadopoulos, MD - Greece
Dr. Hawraman Ramadan, - United Kingdom
Dr. Sarvnaz Shalchian Tehran - Belgium
Salvador Sierra San Nicolás, MD - Spain
Maria Jesus Sobrido Gomez, MD, PhD - Spain
Dr. Saeid Taghizadeh - United Arab Emirates
|Prof. Svein Ivar Mellgren
|Prof. Wolfgang Grisold
Examination Committee Chair