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Aim(s) and target group
Emergencies are a substantial portion of radiological cases and require efficient, effective handling with correct diagnoses and decisions in a timely manner. Although certain competencies in Emergency Radiology (ER) are shared by radiologists in Europe, educational contents and duration of training differ widely and no distinguished certificate is available so far. ESER aims to unify and offer the acquisition of ER competencies and certificates. Consequently, a curriculum for the European Diploma in Emergency Radiology (EDER) was developed as concrete implementation of the European Training Curriculum (ETC) Level III for ER.

The European Society of Emergency Radiology (ESER) is proud to introduce the ‘European Diploma in Emergency Radiology’ (EDER) with the beginning of 2018. This diploma aims to be a common European qualification for radiologists. The European Diploma in Emergency Radiology is endorsed by the European Society of Radiology (ESR).

The European Society of Emergency Radiology (ESER) aims to unify and offer the acquisition of emergency radiology (ER) competencies and certificates across Europe. Consequently, a curriculum for the European Diploma in Emergency Radiology (EDER) was developed as concrete implementation of the European Training Curriculum (ETC) Level III for ER. As the curricula of both ETC Level III and EDER have a modular structure based on anatomical regions, the learning objectives were also grouped this way.

Outline and knowledge base for the ESER Diploma (as per November 2017)

Chairperson EDER Diploma
Prof.Dr. Stefan Wirth, Munich/DE

General Information

1. EDER is acquired in 3 steps
– Email Application
– Completion of all requirements
– Written and Oral examination

2. Only a limited number of candidates can be accepted for examination, which will be held on meeting occasions like the annual ESER congress or during ECR in Vienna. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis depending on the date of receipt of application form. Early application is therefore recommended.

3. After the examination for step 3, the results of both components of the exam will be added together to produce a total score for the examination for each candidate.

4. Upon decision, a list of pass and fail candidates will be produced and candidates will be informed accordingly by email.

5. Successful candidates will be awarded the EDER Diploma and may add FESER (European Fellow of Emergency Radiology) to their name.

Successful candidates will be awarded the “European Diploma in Emergency Radiology” and may add the title “FESER – Fellow of the European Society of Emergency Radiology.” to their names. The fellow title is allowed to be used/is active until the respective expiration date of the diploma.

Handling Fee
Full member: € 400.00
Corresponding member: € 600.00
Re-Examination: € 200.00
Re-Accreditation: € 50.00

STEP 1 – Email Application

Please send an email to office@eser-society.org in order to add your name to the Diploma list. From now on you will be included in the mailing and newsletter list to be up-to-date. Furthermore, you can now start to complete all requirements of Step 2.

STEP 2 – Completion of all requirements

a) Application form
The completed application form must be submitted to the ESER Office.

b) Training in Radiology (On-the-job Training)
Applicants have to proof at least five years of national training in radiology, plus one year in subspecialty training.
Approval from the candidate’s Emergency Radiology programme director or department head confirming that the candidate was trained in emergency radiology for a cumulative duration of at least 1 year respectively.

c) Proof of practice
Radiologists need to send a proof of practice.

d) Webinars
ESER is offering 11 diploma related webinars per year. The applicant must attend all webinars. Webinars are free of charge but require active ESER membership.

e) Workshops
ESER is offering 10 diploma related workshops per year. Five are planned to be offered during ECR in March and five are planned on occasion of the Annual Meeting of ESER. Applicant must attend all workshops. A separate fee for each workshop is applicable.

f) Accepted paper/poster at ESER Annual Meeting
Applicants must have at least one accepted paper/poster presented during an ESER Annual Meeting.

g) Curriculum Vitae
Applicants must provide a CV including a record of:
– previous training posts in general and emergency radiology
– all scientific and educational activities

h) CME credits in emergency radiology
Approval of at least 25 CME credits (or equivalent national credits) within the last three years specifically in emergency radiology with various modalities.

i) ESER and ESR Membership
Candidates have to be active full or corresponding radiologist members in good standing of ESER and ESR.

STEP 3 – Examination

Once met the requirements from Step 2, the candidate can apply for the examination and will undergo a final examination at the annual ESER or ECR Congresses according to the ESR rules.
Please note: An active registration for the respective congress is required to attend the examination.

1. Written exam
The written part of the examination will be run using a qualified software like the EDiR software or similar:
– 20 multiple choice questions
– MCQs – five answer options, 1 or more of the given answer options are correct.
– No negative marking for incorrect answers
– 10 pictorial multiple choice questions – five answer options, 1 or more of the given answer options are correct
– No negative marking for incorrect answers
– The exam lasts 60 minutes
– Candidates knowledge will be tested in all aspects relevant to emergency radiology such as anatomy, physiology, clinical practice, pathology, protocols, quality parameters

2. Oral examination
This consists of a 20-minute oral examination by ESER representatives in English language. The examiners will show each candidate a series of cases. The examiners will test all aspects of the cases relevant to emergency radiology – indication, clinical background, diagnosis, technical parameters, limitations, teamwork, therapeutic options, ethical aspects, etc.


First Examination: ECR 2019 – European Congress of Radiology | Vienna | Thursday, February 28 | time tba
Application deadline: Sunday, January 06, 2019

For your application kindly complete the application form and return it to the ESER Office for approval by the ESER Diploma Committee.

The ESER Office will confirm the receipt of the candidates application and all required additional information once received. If a candidate cannot provide all entry criteria by the stated deadline, his/her registration for the exam will be cancelled. Candidates judged to have satisfied the entry criteria will be eligible to take the examination and informed accordingly by the ESER Office.

The ESER Diploma Application Form will be available in the upcoming days.

In case of any questions regarding the European Diploma in Emergency Radiology or its examination, please do not hesitate to contact the ESER Office: office@eser-society.org.


Diploma renewal after five years
ESER will renew the European Diploma in Emergency Radiology every five years for full/corresponding radiologist members in good standing of ESR and ESER upon proof of at least 100 CME credits in emergency radiology (or equivalent national credits) and the visit of at least one ESER Annual Meeting within past 60 months. A renewal fee of € 50.00 will be applicable.

Re-Examination, Cancellation

In case a candidate did not pass the European Diploma in Emergency Radiology he/she has the possibility to retake the examination one year later. A reduced fee of € 200.00 will be granted for a re-examination.

No refunds can be provided if the applicant withdraws his/her application after acceptance of the same. If applying again for the next examination, only 50% of the respective handling fee will be charged.