The European Hematology Exam: The next step towards the harmonization of hematology training in Europe
José-Tomás Navarro1, Wietske Hollegien2, Janet Strivens3, Gunnar Birgegård 4, Antonio Almeida5
ICO-German Trias i Pujol Hospital, Josep Carreras Research Institute, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
2 European Hematology Association, Executive Office, The Hague, The Netherlands
3 Centre for Higher Education Studies, The University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
4 Institute for Medical Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden
5 Hospital da Luz, Lisboa, Portugal
With the backbone of the European Hematology Curriculum, the European Hematology Association (EHA) has been developing an extensive educational program with the final aim of harmonizing hematology training throughout Europe. The European Hematology Exam is the next step to reach this objective, which ultimately will generate higher-quality patient care. The project of the European Exam was launched in 2015 by the EHA, with the purpose of producing a tool to assess knowledge, facilitate mobility and provide a quality stamp for those who reach the standards determined in the European Hematology Curriculum (1).
A knowledge test with multiple-choice questions was considered the most appropriate approach. Guidelines were developed for the writing of high-quality questions, to make it possible to assess the highest classification level that can be tested with this type of examination. A group of 20 hematologists were trained in question-writing workshops and produced a database of questions, applying the guidelines. The final exam comprises 100 questions, selected and reviewed by a panel of 6 experts.
To date, the exam has been held twice, and 144 candidates have participated (Table 1). The third session will be in Amsterdam during the 24th Congress of EHA, and 5 parallel sessions will take place in Bern, Madrid, Lisbon, Athens and Ankara.
We wish all candidates the best of luck for the exam!
Table 1. List of participants in the first 2 European Hematology Exams by country of origin.
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