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About

Since their creation in 2008, the HERMES examinations in adult and paediatric respiratory medicine have served as the standard of knowledge-assessment for respiratory specialists at European level and are recognised within the profession worldwide.

The multiple-choice examinations are based on European syllabi in respiratory medicine published in Breathe and the examination blueprint. Each question undergoes a rigorous process of formulation and validation by European representatives who ensure that current, as well as authentic professional situations, are illustrated.

The examinations are accredited by the European Board for Accreditation in Pneumology (EBAP) and approved by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) and the European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP).

There are 51 CME credits assigned to the European Diploma examination category and 6 CME credits assigned to the Self-assessment and In-training categories.

Upcoming examinations

ERS HERMES examination in adult respiratory medicine
Location: OnlineDate: 04/09/2021Registration deadline date extended: 18 July, 2021Examination category: European Diploma, In-training, Self-assessmentRegister
ERS HERMES examination in paediatric respiratory medicine
Location: Online Date: 04/09/2021Registration deadline date extended: 18 July, 2021Examination category: European Diploma, In-training, Self-assessment Register

Examination categories

European Diploma

If you have completed your national programme or are in your final year of speciality training, you are eligible to join a highly qualified group of respiratory professionals from across Europe as a Diplomat. A Diploma is proof of excellence in the field which demonstrates commitment to life-long learning, can boost your mobility, and enables you to self-assess as a professional.

In-training

If you are currently working towards your national qualification you can use this examination to know where you stand in your current level of training, measure yourself against European standards and focus your learning as you move forward.

Self-assessment

If you are a qualified doctor, this examination can help you to keep up to date with the latest best practices, strengthen your professional development and learn more about the field.

Eligibility criteria

In order to sit the examination, you must be able to meet the eligibility criteria for your examination category:

European Diploma

Eligibility criteria

  • Qualified specialist in adult or paediatric respiratory medicine or a current, final-year postgraduate trainee in adult or paediatric respiratory medicine
  • Qualified medical practitioner with current and full medical registration (except final-year trainees)
  • In good professional standing

Required documentation

  • National accreditation or written equivalent as a specialist in adult or paediatric respiratory medicine or attestation of current position as a final-year trainee in adult or paediatric respiratory medicine
  • Current certificate of full medical registration (except final-year trainees)
  • University-awarded medical degree
  • Completed curriculum vitae (download a template)
  • Recent photograph

Optional documentation

In-training

Eligibility criteria

  • Current post-graduate trainee in adult or paediatric respiratory medicine
  • In good professional standing

Required documentation

  • Attestation of current position as trainee in adult or paediatric respiratory medicine
  • University-awarded medical degree
  • Completed curriculum vitae (download a template)
  • Recent photograph

Self-assessment

Eligibility criteria

  • Qualified medical practitioner with current full medical registration
  • In good professional standing

Required documentation

  • Current certificate of full medical registration
  • University-awarded medical degree
  • Completed curriculum vitae (download a template)
  • Recent photograph

 

Please note: You may only sit one HERMES examination per year.

Preparation

How the examination is structured

  • 90 multiple-choice questions
  • Three hours in duration
  • Tests knowledge and applied knowledge
  • Delivered in English

How the examination is designed

The examination is designed using the consensus-based European syllabi in adult and paediatric respiratory medicine published in Breathe.

The questions selected for the examination are mapped to the examination blueprints for adult and paediatric respiratory medicine, which show all topics covered in the examination and the average percentage of questions devoted to each of these topics.

Resources to help you prepare

The following ERS resources are recommended for your examination preparation. More information on each resource can be found in each examination’s preparation guidebook.

For all examinations:


For the adult examination:


For the paediatric examination:

Important documents

Fees

HERMES examinations held online/in-person during the ERS International Congress

ERS members can benefit from discounted examination fees. Find out more about becoming a member.

European DiplomaIn-trainingSelf-assessment
ERS member€310€170€170
Non-member€410€270€270

 

Important information:

  • You do not have to register for the ERS International Congress to sit the ERS HERMES examination.
  • Registration for the ERS HERMES examination is separate to the ERS International Congress registration.
  • An additional discount applies to candidates sent by their national societies to sit the examination as part of the final-year national exit examination.

CME credits

For an additional €10, you can obtain CME credits for sitting the examination.

You will receive:

  • 51 CME credits if you sit and pass the European Diploma examination.
  • 6 CME credits if you sit the In-training or Self-assessment examination, or you sit and fail the European Diploma examination.

Registration steps

  1. Check your eligibility and prepare all necessary documentation for your examination category.
    Each electronic document must be in pdf, jpg, doc, or docx, and be no more than 2MB in size.
  2. Register online through your myERS profile.
    You will receive a confirmation email shortly after you have completed your online application.
  3. Your registration will be processed within 14 days and is successfully finished once you receive a confirmation of received payment.

Please note: we advise you to start the registration process well in advance of the deadline, in case we encounter any issues with your application, and to prevent longer processing time before the registration deadline.

Results and appeals

Approximately four to six weeks after the examination takes place, candidates will be notified via email that the examination results have been released, and their official result letter, certificate of attendance and certificate of CME credits (if requested during registration) will be available to download from myERS.

Successful European Diploma candidates will be contacted via email to arrange the delivery of their printed certificates which will be delivered to them within four months of the examination date.

Candidates are entitled to appeal examination results within ten working days of the examination results being released. For more information on the appeals process, please refer to the Appeals Procedure.