Miguel Cunha interviews Professor Marta Pascual about her experience of EBSQ examinations.

pascualESCP is focusing this month on the importance of European Board of Surgical Qualification (EBSQ) in Coloproctology. The EBSQ examination is the certifying examination leading to the Diploma of EBSQ (Coloproctology) of the European Union of Medical Specialists. This is the only form of certification in the speciality of coloproctology within Europe and candidates who successfully pass the examination are awarded the title 'Fellow of the European Board of Coloproctology'. The ultimate aim is assuring standards in the interest of patient safety and wellbeing.

Professor Marta Pascual, Chief of Colorectal Surgery at Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, won the Lars Påhlman Medal earlier this year (right) which is awarded annually to the candidate with the highest score in the EBSQ examination.

In this interview, Professor Pascual tells Miguel Cunha why she decided to take the EBSQ exam, despite not passing it seven years ago. She explains that the exam gives recognition of being a leader in the coloproctology field, and offers some tips for anyone who is thinking of taking the exam in future.


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