General Information


The present situation of the pandemia and the rules of the University Hospital in Frankfurt allow the organization of the European Examination in Dermatopathology on December 4th, 2021, as planned. Of course the pandemia is unpredictable and we will contact all registered participants in case the Direction of the University Hospital in Frankfurt should change anything.

At present we are accepting exclusively those candidates who could not take the examination in 2020. New application will be allowed only if places are vacant. Please do not send any new application: accepted candidates will be directly contacted by Prof. Metze.

Please note that the actual rules of the University Hospital in Frankfurt require:

1) participation allowed only to persons who have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the examination or who have a certificate of recovery from a Covid-19 infection. A negative PCR or antigen test without vaccination or certificate of recovery is not sufficient. Data on vaccination and/or recovery (pdf files) have to be sent prior to the Examination and will be checked again on the venue of the Examination.

2) personal data with complete contact information (including cell phone number) will have to be registered for all candidates.

3) wearing of mouth-nose masks is mandatory during the entire examination when staying in any of the rooms.

4) all catering will be organized in open spaces.

We hope that you and your relatives are well and will continue to stay so, and are looking forward to meeting candidates on December 4, 2021!

The International Board Certifying Examination in Dermatopathology (Diploma in Dermatopathology) will be organized on Saturday, December 4, 2021, in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.

The first part of the examination (morning) is a written examination that consists of 60 multiple choice questions. These questions are taken from the recent literature (Journal of Cutaneous Pathology, American Journal of Dermatopathology, other) and from the major Dermatopathology textbooks. Controversial issues are avoided.

The second part of the examination (morning – again multiple choice) is a series of 50 projected slides from topics that include clinical pictures of classical skin disorders, immunofluorescence (autoimmune diseases), and immunohistology.  

The final section of the examination (afternoon) consists of 70 glass slides and is organized in a way similar to a self-assessment course. The examinees are asked to give the best diagnosis from multiple choice or short-answer questions. The slides are straight forward; a few rare, non-controversial entities will be included. Microscopes will be provided.

The location for the examination and meeting point is:

Klinikum der J.W.Goethe-Univ. Frankfurt/Main
Theodor-Stern-Kai 7
60590 Frankfurt/M., Germany

Building 10A,Lower level, Room number  P10-1


The examination will begin at 8:30 am; please come at least 15 min. earlier and bring a valid passport as well as prove of Covid-19 vaccination or recovery.
The end is planned not later than 3:30 pm.