The Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK is pleased to announce that from January 2018 the current Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) in Gastroenterology and the European Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Examination (EBGHE) will become a single examination which will be referred to as the European Specialty Examination in Gastroenterology and Hepatology (ESEGH).
The examination will be developed and delivered jointly in partnership with the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG), the European Section and Board of Gastroenterology (ESBGH) and the Federation.
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 as part of the requirement for the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) and therefore entry onto the Specialist Register.
For European based candidates, success in this exam 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.
Dr Ian Barrison, President of the European Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, said:
“The European Section and Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology welcome the GMC's approval of the European Specialty Examination, which will help to support improved training throughout Europe”.
All gastroenterology trainees 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.
Professor Andrew Elder, Medical Director of MRCP(UK) said:
"We are delighted to see this established collaboration with the BSG now extend to involve colleagues from the ESBGH - the new ESEGH examination will help drive standards of knowledge for specialists in Gastroenterology and Hepatology across a broad range of countries."
The application period for the first examination will open on 27 December 2017. The examination will take place on 18 April 2018.