The European Board of Ophthalmology Diploma (EBOD) Examination is a test of excellence in ophthalmology. It is designed to assess the knowledge and clinical skills requisite to the delivery of a high standard of ophthalmology care both in hospitals and in independent clinical practices.
The EBOD is the responsibility of the Education Committee. The examination takes place every year in Paris, France (Spring Exam) and for the first time in 2020 in Berlin, Germany (Autumn Exam) and welcomes eligible candidates from all over Europe. The pass rate has been stable over the past years (around 90 percent). The EBOD Examination in most countries of the European Union is voluntary. However, some countries like Switzerland, France, Belgium, Austria and Ireland have either made it a mandatory addition to their National Specialist Exam or used it to replace this Exam.
Successful candidates may add the title Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology (FEBO) after his or her name.
The Diploma Award Ceremony for EBOD will take place the day after the Written Paper and Oral Examination.
Immediately following the Award Ceremony, the candidates who pass the EBOD examination and already hold a valid certificate of Specialist in Ophthalmology in any country of the European Union, Norway, or Switzerland will be presented with their new European Board of Ophthalmology Diplomas, signed by the President and all Vice-Presidents of the Board.
The candidates who are still residents will be presented with a Certificate, while the Diploma will remain in the care of their National Delegate until the Candidate has provided a certified copy of a document confirming national registration as a Specialist.
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