ERS HERMES examination in adult respiratory medicine - Cairo 2020

Registration is now open for the HERMES examination in adult respiratory medicine in Egypt, taking place on 3 December 2020 in collaboration with the The Egyptian Scientific Society of Bronchology (ESSB). To register for the examination please log into myERS.

Upon successful completion of the examination, participants will receive a diploma in adult respiratory medicine and join our established group of ERS HERMES diplomates. The examination will take place at Intercontinental Cairo Semiramis.

Please note: The date of this event may change (if necessary) to accommodate any developments relating to COVID-19.

Registration steps

  1. Check your eligibility and prepare all necessary documentation for the European Diploma examination category. Only respiratory specialists who are members of ERS/ESSB/ESCT and are practicing/studying in Egypt and its neighbouring countries can attend the examination in Egypt 2020. Note: Each electronic document must be in pdf, jpg, doc, or docx, and should 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. If your application has not been approved, you will be contacted by the ERS HERMES examination team via email.
  4. Registrations will close on 27 November 2020.
  5. Please note that applicants can only take one adult HERMES examination in 2020.

Examination format

The format is the same as the examination delivered during the annual ERS International Congress. The three-hour written examination is composed of 90 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) in English. The MCQs are selected from the examination blueprint and are designed around the consensus-based European Syllabus in respiratory medicine. Find out more about the examination structure and how to prepare here.

Examination fee


Examination day

The examination will take place on Thursday 3 December 2020 from 13:00 to 16:00. Approximately two weeks before the examination date, you will receive an invitation letter with a voucher (in pdf) via email, which enables you to enter the examination room. It also includes your unique seat number. A seating chart will be provided so you can find your seat quickly.

You are allowed to bring only the following mandatory items into the examination room: Printed voucher Identification document (passport, national ID or driver’s licence) We ask you to leave all other personal belongings (e.g. bags, smartphones, wallets, keys, food, drinks etc.) at your accommodation. Pencils, erasers and a water bottle for each candidate will be provided on-site.

Examination schedule (in local time) – 03 December, 2020

11:00 Registration desk opens. It is mandatory that you sign in on arrival at the registration desk which is located in front of the examination hall. Please make sure that you are on-site by 12:30 at the latest.

12:30 Examination hall opens.

12:55 All participants to be seated and verbal instructions are given.

13:00 Examination begins. The examination room doors close. Late participants will not be permitted to enter.

16:00 Examination ends.


To see details regarding the different types of MCQs used in the examination and how to complete the your examination booklet and answer sheet, check Parts B and C of our Preparation guidebook

The examination is designed using the consensus-based European syllabus in respiratory medicine, published in Breathe. The questions selected for the examination are mapped to the examination blueprint. This blueprint shows all topics covered in the examination and the average percentage of questions devoted to each of these topics.

Sources for preparation

The following ERS sources are recommended for your examination preparation. This list should serve as general guidance only. Candidates should seek other sources for up-to-date information.

The examinations strive to illustrate the current best practices in respiratory medicine. Current guidelines are therefore the basis of the questions in patient management, whether in differential diagnosis, diagnostic procedures, therapy, etc.
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ERS Handbook: Self-Assessment in Respiratory Medicine (2nd edition)
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27 November, 2020.

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