5th UEMS-OM Assessment
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5th European Assessment in Occupational Medicine
Oct 21, 2024 in Brussels

The exam can be taken only in-person. Applicants must be: full specialist in occupational medicine, or trainee in occupational medicine one year before final exam in occupational medicine
The fee is 700 Euros.

In 2020, EASOM and UEMS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote cooperation between the UEMS Section of Occupational Medicine (UEMS-OM) and EASOM. Within the framework of this cooperation, the two scientific societies promoted the instauration of the European Occupational Medicine Examination, to be held for the first time in 2020. Since then, the European Occupational Medicine Examination has been held annually since 2020.
The MoU has been renewed and the cooperation between EASOM and UEMS-OM has been strong and developed in the best conditions over the years. This cooperation is aimed to promote the specialty of Occupational Medicine..

See Website UEMS for more information.

‘[It] was a challenging opportunity to test and validate my expertise and experience in an all-round assessment. It was a most correct, very kind and fulfilling experience and a perfect moment for networking. I consider the certificate as an international acknowledgement to boost my career.’
Dr. Frederik Coppens
Occupational Practitioner Liantis
Belgium (Flanders and Brussels)

“The main motive for taking European Exam during my final year of residency was desire to challenge myself, estimate acquired knowledge and find out what more should I learn in order achieve full competencies in Occupational Medicine. It took certain amount of will, focus, time and dedication to gain this mark of excellence, but it resulted with a sense of professional achievement and valuable addition to my CV. This journey was also a great opportunity to meet and spend time with colleagues from other countries, making it once-in-a-lifetime experience that I would highly recommend to everyone having doubts about applying.”
Karmen Bradvica-Kelava, MD
Specialist in Occupational and Sports Medicine, Croatia

“Passing the European Postgraduate Assessment in Occupational Medicine is a significant personal achievement as it requires demonstrating proficiency in an international context. Preparation presents an excellent  chance to enhance fundamental knowledge of occupational medicine and develop additional skills. Furthermore, passing the exam is also proof of active knowledge of the English language and professional terminology in the field of occupational medicine.”
Nastja Svetina, MD
specialist in occupational, traffic and sports medicine, Slovenia

“In January 2020, I took part in the first European specialist exam in occupational medicine within the framework of UEMS. My colleagues and I are the first in our generation to take the exam and successfully pass it. Of course, a lot of effort had to be invested, intensive preparations started about two months before the scheduled date. However, the decision to take the European exam was one of the better ones. Thanks goes first and foremost to the UEMS President, who inspired us and encouraged us to take on the challenge. The European exam definitely confirmed that we can compete with our European colleagues in terms of knowledge, a reward for hard work during the entire specialization and an excellent journey on the further professional path.”
Niša Zupan, MD
specialist in occupational traffic and sports medicine, Slovenia

"I fondly remember my experience with the European exam. I see several benefits of taking the European exam in occupational medicine, which I would like to highlight:
1: Recognition and Credibility: Successfully passing the European exam at an international level demonstrates the appropriate knowledge and skills in occupational medicine. This brings recognition and trust from colleagues, employers, and even employees.
2: Professional Development: The European exam for occupational medicine requires a lot of effort and time for preparation or study, resulting in enriched knowledge in the field.
3: Better Quality of Work: Successfully passing the European exam for occupational medicine contributes to better quality of work and care for patients (working population). With acquired knowledge and skills, I can better understand and address the health problems that employees experience in the workplace.
4: Opportunity to Work in an International Environment: The European exam for occupational medicine is valid in several countries throughout Europe. This means potential new opportunities for career and personal development.
5: Personal Triumph: In addition to everything mentioned above, perhaps the most important thing for me personally is that the exam represents a difficult but successfully accomplished task. Also, the experiences of hard study and fond memories that remain after successfully passing the exam forever bond us with colleagues who took the exam together."
Petra Cestnik Čokl, MD
specialist in occupational, traffic and sports medicine, Slovenia

“The exam covered topics ranging from occupational pathology and toxicology, fitness for work, health promotion, emergencies in occupational health, to European legislation, ethics in occupational medicine, finance and many others, which presented me with a great deal of difficulty and caused me quite a bit of stress in learning them all. The breadth of knowledge I gained by studying for the exam is an indispensable foundation when faced with everyday dilemmas in occupational and even traffic and sports medicine. In a broader context my experience with the exam consists of long hours of study, solving problems with my fellow co-participants, deepening existing friendships and forming new (international) alliances. I can not belittle the fact that the exam in my country is recognized as the theoretical part of the national specialist exam in occupational medicine.”
Viktor Strauch, MD
graduating trainee of occupational, traffic and sport medicine, Slovenia

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Sets of MCQs – The importance of topics
Approx. % of scores
Topic 1 10
Topic 2 35-40
Topic 3 10
Topic 4 80
Topic 5 15-20
Topic 6 10
Topic 7 20
Topic 8 25
Topic 9 25-30
Topic 10 5

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