QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
ABOUT THE PLATFORM
What is Eybot and how will it help me?
Thanks to the Artificial Intelligence based functionalities of our platform, we are able to put our virtual trainer Eybot at your full disposal. Eybot will guide you through the whole exam simulation and training process to offer you fully-personalized tips based on your performance through the whole test.
Our chatbot can also respond to both oral and written questions, allowing you to practice and put your abilities to the test anywhere and anytime, while also providing you with any necessary advice to help reach your maximum potential and increase your chances to succeed in European ophthalmology examinations.
What does the Bibliography section include?
Our virtual training system includes a list of recommended readings to reach clinical excellence, and additional references for each of the true/false questions available in the platform (over 370!).
What is the Syllabus and what does it include?
The Syllabus defines and outlines the most relevant ophthalmology topics in order to prepare students for clinical excellence. This section will be a highly useful guide to all students willing to get ready for European ophthalmology exams. It is available in the Multiple Choice Questions Practice Page.
How does this platform validate my MCQ responses? How is the score calculated?
Our training system analyses and corrects each of your test answers. Our platform will also give you a detailed explanation for each question of the MCQ, and offer additional book references for further study.
When it comes to grading, our platform is inspired by the correction method of the comprehensive EBOD Exam: 1 point for each correct response, 0 points for each ‘don’t know’ answer, and -0.5 for all other responses (incorrect answers, double answers, or not responding at all).
The maximal achievable score in the written part of the exam is a 10. The grade will be calculated using a conversion algorithm for the 0-260 score into a 0-10 score.
Can I save my progress to continue later?
The platform is designed to allow you to keep track of your progress by saving each question after you validate it. This means that, when you come back, you can continue exactly where you left.
You can answer all questions of our platform as many times as you need, which is also the case with our Exam Simulator. Try as often as you want until you feel ready!
Can I get more information about a question in particular?
Our virtual trainer Eybot will give you tips and reading recommendations based on your results, but if you need further information on a topic you can get in touch with us and one of the experts behind this platform will get back to you soon.
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ABOUT THE COMPREHENSIVE EBOD EXAMINATION
This platform was created using materials authored by a Committee of independent renowned experts in ophthalmology (you can learn more about them here); and is therefore not an official source of the European Board of Ophthalmology.
Despite the fact that our simulation is inspired by official European ophthalmology exams, a positive result in this test does not guarantee an approval in official examinations, unfortunately.
What this platform does guarantee is that candidates gain the necessary abilities and knowledge, and are therefore optimally prepared to increase their chances to pass.
What is the grading system in the official EBOD exam?
How long does the EBOD exam take?
You have two and a half hours to complete the multiple-choice part of the exam.
In the viva voce part, you are given seven and a half minutes per case, which makes a total of fifteen minutes for each of the four topics.
How can I enroll for the exam?
You can apply for the EBO exam through the official website of the European Board of Ophthalmology. Please note that you can only apply for ONE exam call, either the Spring or the Autumn exam.
It is also important to make sure that you choose the correct application option at EBO’s website, selecting not only which exam you want to get (Spring or Autumn), but also your qualification status (Specialist or Resident in training).
Am I eligible to take the exam?
For candidates to be eligible to take the EBOD Examination, they must be a certified Specialist in Ophthalmology or in the last year of residency (training) in a country of the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey or United Kingdom.
The number of candidates that can register for the exam is limited.
Certified specialists or doctors in their last year of residency that come from countries not mentioned above are eligible to sit the examination only when they have completed additional formal training in any of the countries listed below.
What is the exam fee?
The fee to sit the EBOD Examination is available on the European Board of Ophthalmology’s website ( www.ebo-online.org).
As stated in the official registration page, this fee can be paid either by bank transfer or online by credit card during the application process. The fee covers the administrative cost of organizing the EBOD examination, and it is not refundable if the candidate does not attend the examination or does not pass the examination. Confirmation of fee payment does not mean that your application has been approved or that you are confirmed to sit the exam.
Are there any grants to finance my exam fees?
The IMV (Instituto Médico Valenciano), is an institution founded in 1841 that currently offers four grants of 1000€ each known as Becas Juan Pallarés.
Although there are no other grants available to EBO candidates in Spain at this moment, other entities are working to soon be able to offer new grants.
Which materials should I study before the exam?
Through this platform, you will find recommended readings for each of the 10 subjects that are part of the comprehensive EBOD Examination.
Under the Multiple Choice Question section you will also get access to the Syllabus, which defines all the topics covered under the subjects of the EBOD Exam.
Candidates should be familiar with the basic principles of physical and geometrical optics and the operation of standard optical instruments. They should understand the essentials of visual physiology including visual acuity, light and dark adaptation, accommodation, and colour vision. They should know the various forms of ametropia, principles and techniques of refraction, principles of lens design, and methods of correction of ametropia including spectacles, contact lenses, intraocular lenses and refractive surgery. Candidates should be familiar with the methods for prescribing protective lenses, absorptive lenses, and aids for low vision.
Candidates should be familiar with diseases affecting the eyes of infants and children and with associated systemic abnormalities. They should understand the anatomy, physiology and pathology of visual development and of the neuro-muscular mechanisms serving ocular motility and binocular vision. Candidates should be familiar with the methods of examination for the detection and assessment of sensory and ocular motor disorders. They should also know the clinical features, differential diagnosis, natural course and management of the various types of comitant and incomitant deviations. They should be familiar with the principles and the complications of surgery upon the extraocular muscles.
Candidates should know the anatomy of the orbit and the neuro-anatomy of the afferent and efferent visual systems. They should understand the principles of examination and investigation, including visual field testing, visual evoked responses, ultrasonography, conventional radiograms, CT, and MRI scanning. Candidates should be familiar with the clinical features, pathology, differential diagnosis and management of disorders of the orbit, visual pathways, oculomotor system and pupillomotor pathways, including the indications for, principles and complications of orbital surgery.
Candidates should know the anatomy, embryology and physiology of the structures comprising the eyelids, lachrymal system, conjunctiva, cornea, and anterior sclera. They should demonstrate knowledge of relevant pathological processes, differential diagnosis and medical therapy as well as indications for, principles and complications of surgical procedures used in treatment of abnormalities and diseases affecting these tissues.
Candidates are expected to know the anatomy, embryology, physiology and pathology of abnormalities and diseases of the anterior chamber angle, iris, ciliary body and lens. They will be expected to discuss conditions affecting these structures and those to be considered in their differential diagnosis. They should also be able to describe and provide indications for relevant medical and surgical therapy.
Candidates should be familiar with the anatomy, embryology, physiology and pathology of abnormalities and diseases of the vitreous, retina, choroid, and posterior sclera. They will be expected to discuss conditions affecting these structures and those to be considered in their differential diagnosis. They should be able to describe and provide indications for medical and surgical therapy directed toward alleviating these conditions.
How should I prepare the week before the exam?
It is important that one week prior to taking the comprehensive EBOD Exam you find time to review and read again some of the most important materials. After practicing with our virtual training system and testing yourself with our Exam Simulator, you will be one step closer to succeed in most European ophthalmology exams.
Please make sure you are fully aware of all the practical details of the examination and that you take enough time to find your way to the examination venue. You will find all Venue Information in the official EBO page linked here.
When will I receive the final grade of the exam?
The comprehensive EBOD Examination usually takes place on a Thursday or Friday, and results are published in an anonymized list (based on the candidates’ identification number) the day after the examination, shortly after lunchtime and before the official award ceremony takes place during that weekend.
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