Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe
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How to prepare


The European Board of Interventional Radiology is based on the Second Edition of the European Curriculum and Syllabus for Interventional Radiology

CIRSE Library

The recommended lectures available on the CIRSE Library have been carefully chosen to reflect the content of the Syllabus. However, please be aware that the selection is subjective and may not touch upon every aspect of the wide range of IR procedures and topics. Therefore, the EBIR Council also recommends the use of references, such as text books and relevant literature for examination preparations.

Please note: The volume of information provided for each topic is not correlated to the importance of the topic in the examination. For more information, please see the EBIR examination blueprint which may be found in chapter of the European Curriculum and Syllabus for IR. This blueprint outlines the learning objectives of the Syllabus and displays how frequently individual topics are examined.

CIRSE Academy

The CIRSE Academy offers a range of online courses that cover the basics of IR. All courses are CME certified and based on the European Curriculum and Syllabus for Interventional Radiology.

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Oral examination

The oral examination comprises 10 stations. Each station lasts 10 minutes. One medical case is discussed per station.

The assessment content includes all curricular items as per the European Curriculum and Syllabus of Interventional Radiology. An appropriate distribution of topics provides for the examination of the whole spectrum of the curriculum and syllabus.

When answering examination questions, candidates are advised to focus on procedure and technique unless otherwise asked. Candidates may encounter procedures that they do not perform themselves. This is recognised and the EBIR feel that having covered the curriculum, all candidates should be able to attempt all stations, even if at some, their description is based on theory only.

Please find sample oral cases below.

EV-001 Suspected Postoperative Pulmonary Embolism (PDF download 1.7 MB)
EV-002 Haemoptysis (PDF download 8.0 MB)

V-001 Bilateral Lower Limb Claudication (PDF download 730 KB)
V-002 Postprandial Abdominal Pain (PDF download 1.1 MB)

N-001 Sepsis and Renal Failure (PDF download 2.1 MB)
N-002 Upper Abdominal Pain (PDF download 2.0 MB)

O-001 Swelling of the Chest Wall and Upper Extremity (PDF download 601 KB)
O-002 Alcoholic Liver Cirrhosis (PDF download 533 KB)

Written examination

The written examination consists of 60 Multiple Choice Questions and lasts 120 minutes.