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Eur J Neurol. 2011 Aug;18(8):e89-92. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-1331.2010.03280.x. Epub 2010 Dec 7.

The European Board of Neurology Examination--junior neurologists are eager to take the challenge.

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  • 1Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Allgemeines Krankenhaus der Stadt Linz, Linz, Austria.



  The Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes Section of Neurology (UEMS SEN)/European Board of Neurology (EBN) examination was launched in 2009 to set standards in knowledge and skills for the next generation of European neurologists.


  Stimulated by the low participation at the first examination, we conducted a survey amongst 76 junior colleagues to assess awareness, motivation and obstacles regarding this examination.


  Remarkably, junior neurologists indicated great interest in the examination and motivation to spend additional preparation time (up to 6months) with the aim to catch up with European standards and improve the care of patients. However, there are major issues, which detain our colleagues from taking the examination including the amount of the examination fee, the potential lack of language abilities and the varying usage of the recommended books for preparation.


  This survey highlights the positive attitude of junior neurologists regarding initiatives to improve clinical skills and knowledge. Moreover, this study delineated several factors, which may be considered in the future to increase participation and substantiate the significance of the examination.

© 2010 The Author(s). European Journal of Neurology © 2010 EFNS.

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