European Specialty Examination in Gastroenterology and Hepatology (ESEGH)
The ESEGH is a pan-European knowledge-based assessment for Gastroenterology and Hepatology trainees, delivered in partnership with the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK (Federation) and the British Society of Gastroenterology(BSG), based on the successful EBGH Examination and the Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) in Gastroenterology.
The ESEGH is a high quality, reliable examination, based on a proven format, now UK (General Medical Council) Regulator approved, which is currently mandatory in the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK from 2018.
Registration and information:
Registration for the ESEGH will be hosted on the MRCP(UK) website (https://www.mrcpuk.org/mrcpuk-examinations/euro-specialty-examinations/esegh) on behalf of the ESBGH, Federation and BSG.
Registration for the ESEGH will open on 13 December 2023. Please visit the MRCP(UK) website for more information on application dates and procedure.
Please note that candidates are not guaranteed a seat in their preferred test center, and the nearest available test center may not be in the original country of choice. Pearson VUE will confirm final test center details to candidates via email at least three weeks before the date of the examination
The European Section and Board in Gastroenterology and Hepatology (ESBGH) is tasked by its parent body the European Union of Medical Specialist (UEMS) "to achieve the delivery of high-quality patient care by promoting and harmonizing high standards for medical practice and postgraduate education, and thus clinical excellence".
The ESBGH has 30 full member countries, 3 associate member countries, and 11 observer countries.
The European Specialty Examination in Gastroenterology and Hepatology is a fully validated assessment of knowledge of gastroenterology and hepatology as laid down in the European Curriculum for Gastroenterology and Hepatology Specialty Training Programme known as the "The Blue Book". The Blue Book produced by the ESBGH is in its 2017 edition and is revised every 3 to 5 years. It is available on http://www.eubogh.org
There are no restrictions to entry for the ESEGH. Candidates are restricted to a maximum of 6 attempts. For doctors in formal Gastroenterology and Hepatology training programs success is more likely if the exam is taken after the first year.
The remit of the ESEGH exam:
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.
Date and Venue:
The next examination will be on 03 April 2024 and can be taken in centers globally including all member, associate and observer countries of the European Section and Board and Section in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Candidates will be able to indicate their preferred centers' test country and city when applying online. In the rare occasion that the preferred venue is not available the closest alternate venue will be offered.
The exam is delivered once a year.
Results will be published 4 weeks after the exam. Certificates will be posted 8 weeks after the exam
Resources for Candidates:
The ESBGH exam is centered on the Blue Book curriculum but will test a wide range of knowledge in gastroenterology and hepatology. Prospective candidates are expected to be widely read covering gastroenterology and hepatology textbooks, guidelines and journals. Attending international and national conferences and specialty meetings with academic content are also encouraged.
Knowledge of current European Guidelines and up-to-date recommendations for common GI and liver disease will be helpful to the candidate.
1. Oxford Handbook of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2011 (S Bloom, G Webster)-Second Edition
2. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease, 10th Ed, 2015 (M Feldman, Laurence S Friedman)
3. Textbook of Gastroenterology, 5th Ed, 2008 (Ed T Yamada)
4. The Textbook of Hepatology, 3rd Ed, 2007 (Ed J Rodes)
3. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
4. UEG Journal
1. Specialty certificate examination in Gastroenterology sample MCQ – https://www.mrcpuk.org/mrcpuk-examinations/specialty-certificate-examinations/specialties/gastroenterology/gastroenterology
2. British society of gastroenterology – Subsection ‘clinical’ and ‘guidelines’https://www.bsg.org.uk/clinical/bsg-guidelines.html
3. EASL - https://easl.eu/publications/clinical-practice-guidelines/?refmenu=science-education
4. UEG Library - https://ueg.eu/library
5. ASGE - https://www.asge.org/home/guidelines
6. AGA - https://www.gastro.org/guidelines
7. Sign guidelines - https://www.sign.ac.uk/our-guidelines/
8. NICE - http://www.nice.org.uk/Guidance
9. up to date www.uptodate.com
10. Blue Book of Gastroenterology – https://www.eubogh.org/blue-book/
The exam will offer 200 questions in 2 three-hour examinations. 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. Samplequestions are available on the MRCP(UK) website (https://www.mrcpuk.org/mrcpuk-examinations/specialty-certificate-examinations/specialties/gastroenterology/gastroenterology)