I. INTRODUCTION

The ECEIM Diplomate examination is held every year, usually in January and includes written and oral questions on clinical internal medicine, underpinning sciences and case-management problems. Details of the format of the examination (duration, number and format of questions etc), and model questions are available on our website (http://www.eceim.info ).

 

II. REQUIREMENTS THAT MUST BE FULFILLED TO BECOME A DIPLOMATE OF ECEIM

 

The requirements that must be fulfilled to become a Diplomate of ECEIM are set out in our constitution. Individuals gaining Diplomate status via the examination route must (i) be able to demonstrate adequate training and an active involvement in the clinical practice of equine internal medicine, (ii) pass the examination offered by the Board of ECEIM, and (iii) have a suitable publication record.

 

ECEIM has awarded approval to a large number of residency programmes throughout Europe and these programmes are expanding. An approved standard or alternative residency represents the conventional route to attaining the experience necessary to gain the Education and Credentials committee’s approval to enter the exam. Details are set out in the ECEIM training brochure. However, as described in our Constitution, the exam is also open to individuals who are either internationally recognised in their own right as outstanding in the field of equine internal medicine or have completed a training programme that is internationally recognised as comparable to a ECEIM approved residency programme. This latter category is in effect designed to allow individuals who have completed an ACVIM residency training programme to sit the ECEIM exam.

 

 

III. OPTIONS FOR EXAMINATION.

Applicants must be satisfied that they are suitably qualified to attempt a demanding professional examination that will test a broad range of knowledge and skills and should consult carefully with supervisors, employers and mentors before making an application to sit the examination. The following candidate categories are available.

 

Category 1a: ECEIM Standard Residency Training programme

Applicants who are currently in or have previously completed a rotating internship, or equivalent, and a standard residency training programme supervised by a Diplomate or Associate Member of ECEIM may attempt both the General and Certifying Papers at one exam round. All publication, case log and clinical training requirements in internal medicine and related disciplines must have been completed prior to application. Details of a rotating internship, or equivalent, and a standard residency training programme are set out in the ECEIM training brochure.

 

Category 1b: ECEIM Alternative Residency Training programme

Applicants who are currently in, or have previously completed, a rotating internship, or equivalent, and an alternative residency training programme supervised by a Diplomate or Associate Member of ECEIM may attempt both the General and Certifying Papers at one exam round. All publication, case log and clinical training requirements in internal medicine and related disciplines must have been completed prior to application. Details of a rotating internship, or equivalent, and an alternative residency training programme are set out in the ECEIM training brochure

 

Category 1c: General Paper Only

This option is restricted to individuals who have completed at least 12 months of a rotating internship (or equivalent) and at least 18 months of an ECEIM approved residency programme by 31 December the year prior to the examination and these applicants are entitled to sit the general paper without the certifying paper. Individuals who chose to sit the general and certifying papers in separate years will be required to submit separate exam applications for each paper and pay the exam application fee and exam entry fee as available from the ECEIM website.

 

Category 2: Internationally Recognised Experience

Applicants who by the nature of their experience feel that they have established recognition that they practice equine internal medicine at an advanced level and are capable of successfully passing the examination. Individuals who completed their clinical training within Europe prior to the introduction of ECEIM approved residencies and who have continued their careers within the speciality of internal medicine should apply within this category.

 

Category 3: Internationally Recognised Training

This option is restricted to individuals who have completed at least 12 months of a rotating internship (or equivalent) and have completed a training programme that is internationally recognised as comparable to a ECEIM approved residency programme. This latter category is in effect designed to allow individuals who have completed an ACVIM residency training programme to sit the ECEIM exam.

 

Repeat Attempts at one or more papers

The rules regarding repeating part or all the examination are set out in our constitution. Individuals who are repeating one or more papers ARE NOT required to submit an exam application form or fee before the deadline of 30 June  but ARE required to submit an exam entry form and fee before the deadline of 31 October  The Exam Entry Form can be obtained on our website (http://www.eceim.info).

 


IV. APPLICATION PROCEDURE


 

V. APPLICATION CONTENT

The following items must be provided

Item (provide only those documents that are indicated as required for the candidate category that you wish to be considered).

√ = required for this candidate category, X = not required for this category

Candidate Category 1a

Candidate Category 1b

Candidate Category 1c

Candidate Category 2

Candidate Category 3

1. Proof of payment of exam application fee (see website for fees  and payment details)

2. Confidential letters of support from supervisor, mentor or colleague (delete as appropriate)

EITHER: to be submitted separately 

OR:          included in this application (delete as appropriate)

3. Copies of Copy of Candidate Enrolment Form with confirmation of internship (or equivalent)

X

X

4. ECEIM Residents Appraisal Confirmation statements(s): these are provided by the Education and Credentials committee as confirmation that you have completed appraisals at approximately one third and two thirds through your programme.

minimum 2 statements

minimum 2 statements

minimum 1 statements

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--

5. ECEIM Residents Documentation  including publication list (use forms available on our website)

--

--

6. Case log with signatures of verification on paper version only (use approved forms available on our website; must document case numbers and categories as defined in the ECEIM training brochure

X

X

7. Statement of experience in equine internal medicine Category 2  including publication list (use form available on website).

X

X

X

X

8. List of clinical facilities and expertise available in current institute (use form available on website)

X

X

X

X

9. Statement of experience in equine internal medicine Category 3 confirming completion of a rotating internship or equivalent as defined in the ECEIM training brochure, section C, and an ACVIM approved residency training programme & including publication list (use form available on website)

X

X

X

X

10. Copies of all supporting publications with English summaries. Letters of final acceptance from the Journal's editor are required for papers "in press". Do not include copies of publications such as book chapters and review articles that are not eligible towards ECEIM exam credentials.

11. Copies of any correspondence with ECEIM board

X

12. Any relevant documents relating to the examination and any medical and supporting documents that might need to be considered in the application

 

APPLICATION FORMS

·         Exam Application forms are available on our website.

APPLICATION FEE

Details of current fees for exam application and how to pay can be found on our website

 

NOTE:

 

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION FROM THE APPLICANT’S SUPERVISOR, MENTOR OR COLLEAGUES

One or more letters of support from the applicant’s supervisor(s) MUST accompany all applications. The supporting documentation should attest to the following:

a)  The veracity of the information on case logs, training in related disciplines and other documentation of clinical experience.

b)  The applicant's proficiency, judgement, and competence as a specialist and academic readiness to sit the examination.

c)  The commitment of the applicant to the constitutional objectives of the ECEIM.

d)  The moral and ethical standing of the applicant within the veterinary profession.

The supporting letters can either be included in the application pack or, if the individuals prefer, can be sent directly to the Chairman of the Exam Committee (see Section V for contact details).

 

Applicants have sole responsibility for ensuring these letters are delivered to the Education and Credentials Committee before the deadline of 30th June.  Applications that are not supported by letters will not be considered by the Education and Credentials Committee.

 

CASE LOGS

Individuals applying under Option 1 should consult the Training Brochure for details of case logs requirements to be completed during ECEIM approved residency programmes. These requirements must be completed in full prior to applying for the examination. The paper version of your case log must contain original signatures for your Supervising Diplomates on every page.

At the time of exam application, applicants applying under Category 2 must also provide a case log, using the forms available on our website and in these categories a log encompassing the same requirements that have been defined for ECEIM residency programmes and set out in the Training Brochure . Candidates in this category must have the paper version of their Case Log signed on every page by the individual who is Head, Supervisor or Chief of the candidate’s clinic, or where the Candidate holds the most senior position in the clinic, a Diplomate of ECEIM who is personally familiar with the candidate’s clinical work. In this category, the column listing the Diplomate responsible for the case can be left blank.

 

 

TRAINING IN EQUINE INTERNAL MEDICINE & RELATED DISCIPLINES

ECEIM approved residency programmes require the resident to complete training in internal medicine clinics and related disciplines as set out in the Training Brochure. The Residents Documentation Pack must be submitted with evidence that all rotations have been completed prior to exam application. It is essential that signatures from all Supervising Diplomates are obtained on the paper version of your application and applications without all of these signatures will be rejected.

 

PRESENTATIONS

ECEIM approved residency programmes require the resident to give a number of presentations as set out in the Training Brochure. The Resident’s Documentation Pack must be submitted with evidence that these presentation requirements have been completed prior to exam application.

 

STATEMENTS OF EXPERIENCE

Individuals applying under Category 2 must complete a Statement of Experience, Category 2 form, to provide a description of the nature and scope of their caseload, including details of the numbers of cases and the facilities available to them in practising clinical internal medicine. In addition, Candidates applying under Category 2 must submit a List of clinical facilities and expertise in order to demonstrate to the Education and Credentials Committee that they are currently actively involved in clinical services within the specialism of Equine Internal Medicine.

 

Individuals applying under Category 3 must also complete a Statement of Experience, Category 3 form in order to provide documentation that they have completed a training programme that is internationally recognised as comparable to an ECEIM approved residency programme. This form required signatures from supervisors of both the candidate’s rotating internship or equivalent period and the candidate’s residency training programme to document that both phases have been completed satisfactorily.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Before applying for the exam, candidates must have fulfilled publication requirements that are set out in the " Training Brochure". A list of journals approved by the ECEIM Education and Credentials Committee is available on our website "APPROVED JOURNALS LIST". Applications must include one paper and three digital copies of all publications. English summaries or abstracts are required if papers are submitted in any language other than English.

 

PREVIOUS CORRESPONDENCE WITH ECEIM

All correspondence to and from the ECEIM by the applicant or by their supervisors or others, on behalf of the applicant must be appended to the application (including hard copies of any email correspondence that has been received or sent). 

 

MEDICAL OR OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS

The ECEIM is dedicated to equal opportunities and will provide suitable facility or extra time for examinations for disabled, injured or otherwise compromised candidates, provided that documentary evidence of the condition is received with the entry forms.  Conditions such as dyslexia, physical disability etc. will be treated sympathetically to give the candidate a fair examination.