European Specialty Examination in Gastroenterology & Hepatology

BSG ESBGH logosFrom January 2018 the Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) in Gastroenterology and the European Section and Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Examination (ESBGHE), will become a single examination which will be referred to as the European Specialty Examination in Gastroenterology and Hepatology (ESEGH).

In the UK, the examination continues to be the General Medical Council (GMC), approved mandatory summative assessment of knowledge for trainees in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

For European based candidates, success in this examination is a demonstration of having achieved the knowledge necessary to fulfil the requirements of the ESBGH curriculum which is a Europe-wide description of the level expected of a specialist in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

This change means that all candidates now have the opportunity to take one high quality examination which ensures that certified specialists have sufficient knowledge of their specialty to practice safely and competently as consultants.

The ESEGH is delivered once a year. See the table for key dates for the next examination below:

 
Examination date UK Registration period Pearson VUE booking window ESBGH member countries and international registration period Results release Certificates posted
18 April 2018 27 December 2017 - 21 March 2018

24 January - 22 March 2018

27 December 2017 - 24 January 2018 4 weeks after exam date

8 weeks after results are released

Eligibility requirements

There are no entry requirements for the ESEGH although candidates in UK training posts would normally take the examination as part of their higher specialty training.  EU candidates would normally take the examination towards the end of their specialization.

How to apply

Instructions on how to apply for the new examination will appear here.

Examination fees

Candidates sitting the examination in the UK        £665
Candidates sitting the examination in ESBGH full member, associate member and observer countries* €760
Candidates sitting the examination in all other countries and territories £833

*A defined list of countries is available here.

Qualification

For UK trainees who hold MRCP(UK), have gained the Certificate in Gastroenterology and who are recommended for a CCT will be entitled to apply for the postnominal MRCP(UK) (Gastroenterology).

ESBGH full member, associate member and observer countries: The ESEGH is currently mandated in the Netherlands and Switzerland for local trainees. Please contact the ESBGH directly for further information.

Curricula and blueprints

UK candidates

The Specialty Training Curriculum for Gastroenterology and Sub-specialty Training Curriculum for Hepatology is published by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB).

European candidates

The Blue Book 2017, approved by the Union of European Medical Specialties (UEMS): The ‘Blue Book’ defines the curriculum of Gastroenterology and Hepatology training. The Blue Book aims to harmonise the training in gastroenterology across European countries by setting the standards in Gastroenterology education and practice and by implementing quality control in all parts  of GI training.

The examination is made up of questions from across the curricula, selected to match the blueprint:

PDF iconESEGH Blueprint.pdf

Resources for trainees

Preparation for the ESEGH requires a wide breadth of knowledge around the curriculum and should involve reading of textbooks, journals and guidelines.

Suggested sources and reading are listed below:

Conferences

Guidelines

Journals

Textbooks

  • Oxford Handbook of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2006 (S Bloom, G Webster)
  • Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease, 9th Ed, 2010 (M Feldman, Laurence S Friedman)
  • Textbook of Gastroenterology, 5th Ed, 2008 (Ed T Yamada)
  • The Textbook of Hepatology, 3rd Ed, 2007 (Ed J Rodes)
  • Best of Five MCQs for the Gastroenterology SCE 2013(Oxford Higher Specialty Training) (Charlotte Rutter, Leonard Griffiths, Tina Mehta, Chris Probert- First edition )

Online resources

Sample questions

The questions are in ‘best of five’ multiple choice format. This format, in addition to testing core knowledge and comprehension, also assesses the ability to interpret information and to solve clinical problems. There will be five options – one correct answer and four alternatives to the correct answer. The four distractors will be closely related to the preferred option but less correct, therefore acting as plausible alternatives.

These questions give an indication of the type of question you can expect in the examination. Take part in this interactive sample test:

Online sample questions

Results report

The selected metrics report provides details about the previous year's examination. All the statistics are intended to help candidates to be more informed and better prepared for the examination. The reports are also available to other stakeholders (e.g. deaneries’ representatives, board members, trainees’ supervisors) who would like to find out more about candidates’ performance in order to be able to make informed decisions about training programmes or examination standards

The results for the UK SCE in Gastroenterology up until 2017, and for the ESEGH from 2018 will be posted here.

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