The Section of Thoracic Surgery validated a proposal elaborated by the board, and decided to open a Grandfather Clause. The motivation is to attract experienced colleagues who are well established in their practice, who were not in the possibility to pass the examination shortly after graduation but before the creation of the UEMS Board of Thoracic Surgery.
It appears obvious that passing an examination in the latter category might be felt as inappropriate
The application period however will be limited in its duration in order to avoid a progressive bypass of the examination by recently graduated individuals.
This Grandfather clause has been opened and applications will be considered in a time gap starting in January 2017 and closing in December 2018.