The first fully remote, online-proctored European Board of Interventional Radiology (EBIR) examination took place on 13 January, 2021, with a 113 participants from 25 countries sitting the test.
EBIR is a voluntary supplemental examination designed to evaluate interventional radiologists’ clinical and technical knowledge, and was first released in 2010 in Valencia, Spain.
According to the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE), by taking this examination, “interventional radiologists can certify their expertise and demonstrate their ongoing commitment to pursuing a career in this rapidly evolving discipline”.
“If you are thinking about taking the exam, the CIRSE Library offers hundreds of lectures ideally suited to EBIR preparation,” CIRSE shared on Twitter.
The next EBIR examination will take place on 3 March 2021, and will also be conducted remotely.
In addition to submitting their CV and filling out a competency checklist, applicants for the EBIR examination must also have completed national radiology training. The applicant and the responsible authority listed in the document are also required to confirm that two years of interventional radiology training have been completed or will be completed within a specific time frame. At least one year of this training must be completed after national radiology training.
Applicants must also verify that they have experience as the first operator, performing at least 250 interventional radiology procedures, 150 of which have to be interventions according to chapter 2.2.1 Vascular Diagnosis and Intervention and/or chapter 22.214.171.124 Vascular Interventional Oncology in the European Curriculum and Syllabus for Interventional Radiology.