European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

, Volume 273, Issue 5, pp 1079–1093 | Cite as

The development and design of the European Board of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Examination (EBEORL-HNS)

  • Wolfgang LuxenbergerEmail author
  • Victoria M. M. Ward
  • Angelos Nikolaou
  • Marcus Neudert
  • Stanislaw Bien
  • Thomas Eichhorn
  • Heikki Loppönen
  • Dominik Wild
  • Cem Meco
  • Maria de la Mota
  • Klaus Albegger
Review Article


The UEMS Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery section is a dedicated body formed to promote the standardisation and harmonisation of European Otorhinolaryngology (ORL). The European Examination Board of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery was created to establish a supranational final exam and accreditation for ORL Surgeons. It is open to candidates both from the European Union and outside the EU. The exam is composed of a written examination to assess mainly the theoretical knowledge of Otorhinolaryngological diseases. The second part, a viva voce examination, is designed to test the clinical application of knowledge based on case scenarios and clinical conditions presented to the candidates. The inaugural examination written component took place in Mannheim/Germany in 2009 and the inaugural Viva Voce examination in Vienna/Austria in 2010. Up to and including the year 2013, 858 participants have attempted one of the two exam components. Of the 858 participants, 305 were successful in both examinations and obtained the accreditation of the European Diploma (European Board Certification). The historical origins, development of the examination, its formal arrangements and the format of the examination are presented in this article.


Examination in Otorhinolaryngology UEMS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Luxenberger
    • 1
    Email author
  • Victoria M. M. Ward
    • 2
  • Angelos Nikolaou
    • 3
  • Marcus Neudert
    • 4
  • Stanislaw Bien
    • 5
  • Thomas Eichhorn
    • 6
  • Heikki Loppönen
    • 7
  • Dominik Wild
    • 8
  • Cem Meco
    • 9
  • Maria de la Mota
    • 10
  • Klaus Albegger
    • 11
  1. 1.ENT Clinic Frohnleiten and Medical University GrazGrazAustria
  2. 2.Mid Yorkshire NHS TrustWakefieldUK
  3. 3.ORL DepartmentPapanikolaou General HospitalThessalonikiGreece
  4. 4.Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck SurgeryUniversity Hospital Dresden, Technische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany
  5. 5.ENT Department District Hospital in KielceKielcePoland
  6. 6.Klinik für HNO-Krankheiten, Kopf- und HalschirurgieCarl-Thiem-Klinikum CottbusCottbusGermany
  7. 7.Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryUniversity of Eastern FinlandKuopioFinland
  8. 8.ENT DepartmentHospital RiedRied Im InnkreisAustria
  9. 9.Paracelsus Private Medical University Medical SchoolSalzburgAustria
  10. 10.Accident and Emergency DepartmentNorth Hampshire Trust HospitalsHampshireUK
  11. 11.University Clinic of Otorhinolaryngology, Medical University Graz and ENT Clinic GrazGrazAustria

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