Fellowship Exam of the European Board of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

 The Fellowship Exam of the European Board of Orthopaedics and Traumatology takes place in


4 & 5 October 2008


1.Citizenship of European Community (EU) including Norway,
Switzerland and New Countries joining the EU

2.Certificate of full qualification as an Orthopaedic Surgeon
by the National Authorities (EU Orthopaedic Society)

3. Be fluent in English


“Fellow of the European Board of Orthopaedics and Traumatology”

Closing date for applications will be on the 30th of June 2008


 *For further information please contact your national UEMS-European Board of Orthopaedics and Traumatology delegate

 Download the Aplication Form (Microsoft Word .doc)

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Note - You CANNOT CHANGE the contents of the application form -
You have to print it and fill it out by hand.
Altered application forms will not be accepted.

 Number of candidates restricted to 40



The format of the Examination will consist of written and oral sections and will contain
a component of the Basic Sciences related to Orthopaedic Surgery and Trauma.

The sections of the Examination are as follows:

a) A written paper in book form consisting of problem solving tests and 20 MCQ questions 2 hours


eg. With regard to Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis [PVNS]                                       (5 marks)
                                                                                                                                           True    False
1. This is a form of malignant metaplasia of the synovium with a risk
of distant metastases.                                                                                                                     X

2. It has three clinical presentations: diffuse, nodular and tendon sheath
which have identical histological appearances.                                                              X

3. Histology in chronic cases reveals collagen-producing polyhedral cells
with haemosiderin deposits and multinucleated giant cells                                           X

4. The nodular form, involving the tendon sheath, is the second most
common tumour seen in the hand after a ganglion                                                         X

5. The rate of recurrence within a joint is principally determined by the
thoroughness of the surgical excision of the affected tissue                                         X

b) An oral examination consisting of five sessions of 30 minutes. Each oral session will be
basedon the following subjects (candidates will rotate through the 5 stations) :

 (i)         adult orthopaedic and trauma surgery-upper limb                             

(ii)        adult orthopaedic and trauma surgery-lower limb                             

(iii)       adult orthopaedic and trauma surgery-Spine                                    

(iv)       children's orthopaedic and trauma surgery                                        

(v)        basic sciences related to orthopaedics, including biomechanics,
statistics, audit methodology & outcome based medicine.




1. A wide knowledge of orthopaedic disease in both children and adults which includes
congenital and genetically determined disorders, metabolic disorders, degenerative
diseases and disturbances, and disabilities resulting from disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems. This knowledge should extend from clinical diagnosis through management to rehabilitation.
2. A sound knowledge of the standard operative procedures used and their complications.
3. A knowledge of the standard investigative techniques used in orthopaedics.
4. A knowledge of specialised areas such as the spine, the hand, etc.

1. A sound knowledge of the care of musculoskeletal trauma from the initial
resuscitation through reconstructive surgery to complications and their management, and
relevant aspects of rehabilitation. Musculoskeletal trauma includes fractures of limb bone,
joint injuries, spinal injuries including neurological damage, pelvic fractures, injuries to
muscle, tendon, ligament and nerve, hand injuries, multiple injuries and the principles of
shock and resuscitation.
2. An adequate knowledge of visceral, neurosurgical and skin trauma, such as would enable an orthopaedic surgeon to undertake primary diagnosis and treatment of these injuries if specialist expertise were not immediately available.

1.A knowledge of surgical anatomy relevant to the practice of orthopaedic and trauma surgery.
2.The development of the musculoskeletal system.
3. The physiology and biochemistry of musculoskeletal tissues.
4.The pathology of common conditions including tumours, degenerative and inflammatory
arthritis, metabolic bone disease and fracture healing.
5. Bacteriology encountered in orthopaedic practice including operating theatre design and the
role of antibiotics.
6. The science of investigative techniques, including the principles of radiography and the
effects of radiation on the skeleton, the physical basis of computerised tomography, ultrasound
and magnetic resonance imaging, the scientific basis of electrophysiological investigations.
7. Biomechanics relevant to the musculoskeletal system. This would include the physical
properties of the tissues we deal with (bone, cartilage, and implants for reconstructive surgery
and fracture fixation), patterns of gait and limb movement and the effect of forces acting on the
8. Working knowledge of Statistics relevant to Orthopaedic practice