The EFOG-EBOG examination is used to determine if the candidate demonstrates the minimum level of knowledge recognized by the EBCOG Examination Committee.The examination assesses the knowledge gained by the candidates during their training in general Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The assessment is extended to the application of this knowledge to clinical cases and is based on the EBCOG training syllabus.
The EFOG-EBCOG Examination consists of 2 parts:
– EFOG Part 1 is a Knowledge Bases Assessment (KBA)
– EFOG Part 2 is a Clinical Skills Assessment (OSCE)
– Participation is subject to eligibility
– Part 2 of the examination can only be taken after Part 1 has been passed
– When both parts of the examination have been passed the certificate of the EFOG-EBCOG will be awarded.
Successful candidates will receive the award of European Fellow of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EFOG) – EBCOG and may use this title. Just passing the exam does not confer or imply a license to practice obstetrics or gynaecology in any country of Europe or elsewhere. However, successful candidates become EBCOG Fellows in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EFOG-EBCOG) and will be given a certificate of fellowship.
The examination is open to European and non-European Candidates and will be conducted in English. However, the final decision regarding the suitability of candidates is taken by the EBCOG Examination Standing Committee after the assessment of the individual’s qualification.
EFOG Part 1 of the examination has two computer-based papers, which all candidates will take online in the examination room.
All the candidates will receive a “test-exam” about a week before the date of the examination. It is mandatory that all registered candidates go to the website to run this “test-exam” prior to the examination. All necessary instructions will be sent to them in an individual email at the same time.
The candidates will be able to access a link to a demonstrator model to get a feel of the examination. This serves many purposes. The candidates can verify whether their computer is compatible with the examination requirements. Tablets cannot be used during the examination. Moreover, students can learn how to start the examination, submit answers and exit the examination paper. Lastly, they can familiarise themselves with the three types of questions being asked in the papers: MCQs, EMQs and SBAs.
The examination timetable will be uploaded onto the EBCOG website four weeks before the examination.
Candidates are supposed to bring their own laptops which have been previously tested to be compatible. As mentioned earlier, tablets are not allowed. Candidates should bring their power cable with appropriate power sockets and adaptors (European).
The organizers will provide candidates with a power supply to connect their computers in the examination hall. EBCOG will not provide computers or adaptors to candidates if they fail to bring their own.
Candidates are supposed to arrive at the examination venue one hour before the start of the examination. Once they arrive at the venue, candidates will be registered for the examination at the registration desk. They need to provide their identity card/passport with name and photograph.
Make sure that it is the one submitted with the application. A print-out of the e-mail sent by ORZONE confirming that the candidate has been accepted for the KBA examination is also necessary. Once the identity of the candidate is confirmed, the invigilator will hand over “Candidate’s unique Log-in ID.”
The candidate will be then directed to his/her seat in the examination hall and will be instructed to login immediately. Mobile phones won’t be allowed in the hall. Mobile phones will be switched off and handed over to the examination staff before entering the examination hall. The phones will be placed in a secure envelope labeled with names. The phones can be collected by the candidates on leaving the examination hall.
No text books, papers, documents, calculators or electronic devices are allowed in the examination hall. Pencils and paper sheets for use during the examination will be provided if needed.
Identification with name and photograph should be provided at all times upon request. Candidates should wait for instructions from the invigilator to start attempting the examination. Besides, candidates will not be permitted to enter the examination hall after 30 minutes have lapsed from the start of the examination.
Once the candidates have entered the exam hall, they will not be allowed to leave the hall, until one hour has passed from the start of the examination. They will not be allowed to leave the examination hall during the last 15 minutes of the examination. In addition, they are not allowed to copy any examination material.
Candidates are forbidden from communicating with other candidates by any means until they exit from the examination hall. If they fail to comply, they will be disqualified and will not be allowed to re-sit the examination for two years.
If a candidate wishes to exit the examination hall temporarily during the exam for any personal reason, he/she will be accompanied at all times by an invigilator (male/female). Furthermore, if a candidate wishes to communicate with the invigilator, he/she should raise his/her hand. Questions cannot be discussed with the invigilators.
A time warning will be given twice, 30 minutes and 15 minutes before the end of the examination. Taking photographs is totally forbidden in the exam hall at any time. If any candidate is suspected of cheating during the exam, they will be disqualified. Keystrokes are monitored constantly during the examination.
As soon as the examination comes to an end, candidates will be asked to stop working at their laptops and submit their paper online. They are supposed to remain seated quietly. Candidates are allowed to leave the examination hall permanently or when permission is granted by the invigilator. The examination team takes no responsibility for the loss of personal belongings.
The results of the exam will be sent to the candidates 15 days after the examination date via email.