8 – 17 November 2019, Budapest, Hungary



Seats still available for the ESSM Advanced Course ONLY, the ESSM School course is fully booked.

If you would like to be listed in our waiting list, please send an email with:

- CV




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The ESSM School of Sexual Medicine is run with the support of the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM), the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM) and the European Federation of Sexology (EFS).

The first “Oxford Course” was run in 2007. In previous years as in this year, we delivered a learning curriculum based upon the UEMS Joint Committee for Sexual Medicine, The ESSM Manual of Sexual Medicine and the EFS/ESSM Syllabus of Clinical Sexology. From this year on we also deliver an advance course to improve skills and increase specific knowledge.

Our program is intended for clinicians seeking to acquire the knowledge and skills essential for practice (school course) or to gather advanced knowledge and improve skills (Advanced course) in Sexual Medicine and Clinical Sexology.

Medically-qualified participants should find the school course program helpful when preparing for the Fellowship of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine examination which will take place on 22 January 2020 (more info soon available at

Psychologists will find the school course program helpful as well for the preparation of the EFS & ESSM exam for qualification as Psycho-Sexologist, which will take place on 22 January 2020 (more info soon available

So far, participants from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Middle East and the Americas have taken part in the school program; they include specialists in andrology, endocrinology, family medicine, gynecology, internal medicine, psychiatry, urology, surgery, oncology, Sexual health and psychology.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn the essentials of sexuality that are necessary for effective clinical practice, even for those whose usual practice is exclusively with one gender.

Programme & Requirements

The Program is intended for persons with post-graduate experience in any relevant clinical specialism. Interest in and enthusiasm for Sexual Medicine are the essential qualifications; whilst previous experience in the clinical practice of Sexual Medicine is an advantage, the program is also suitable for those starting out in this fascinating and rapidly developing area of medicine. Special skills in surgery or psychotherapy are not a requirement for participation. Psychologists and therapists are welcome to join the program as well. The 10 days residential course covers a wide range of Sexual Medicine and Clinical Sexology topics and provides the essential background learning from which clinical experience and research can be developed.


In order to improve the program and to adjust to the requirements of the participants, this year we will have 2 separated courses (a ESSM school – at the moment fully booked - and the Advanced Course) according to level of knowledge and skills. Therefore, it is to be noted that for the Advanced course the following criteria apply:

  • More than 5 years working clinically in Sexual Medicine or Clinical Sexology AND
  • Attended specific training in Sexual Medicine/Clinical Sexology or ESSM school
  • Work in multidisciplinary team OR
  • Already FECSM or ECPS

All sessions during the program will be conducted in the English language; participative learning techniques for skill development will be used, as well as didactic teaching.

There will be practical training in Sexual Medicine consultation techniques and history-taking, and in the basic use of sex therapy techniques in Clinical Sexology.

The academic programme will include

  • sexual development
  • psychology and physiology of sexual response (desire, arousal and orgasm)
  • impact of gender on sexuality
  • ageing and sexuality
  • sexual dysfunctions in men and women
  • problematic sexual behavior
  • gender identity disorders
  • impact of medical treatments and other health problems on sexuality
  • clinical skills in Sexual Medicine
  • clinical management of sexual disorders
  • genital dermatology
  • ethical and legal aspects of Sexual Medicine
  • standards of care in Sexual Medicine

Curriculum ESSM school: Knowledge, Treatment methods & skills

  • Intro to Sexual Medicine and clinical sexology, scientific societies, journals and activities in the field
  • Sex and culture, rights, ethics and religion
  • Sexuality in the life span (development, mature age, old age)
  • Sexual orientation/gender dysphoria
  • Hormones, Brain & Sexual Behaviour
  • Sexual response models
  • Assessment of SDs (Bio-psycho-social) and questionnaires
  • Sexual history taking
  • MSDs
  • FSDs
  • Basics of sexual therapy/and intro to different psychotherapy methods
  • Contraception, Infertility, Pregnancy, Postpartum and abortion
  • Female genital disorders
  • Peyronie and penile disorders

Curriculum Advanced Course: Knowledge of Treatment & advanced practical of skills (Practicing with real cases from the participants will be included)

  • How to organise the assessment, treatment plan and follow-up
  • MSDs: management of cases
  • FSDs: management of cases
  • How to work multidisciplinary
  • Surgery in Sexual Medicine (male and female)
  • Psychotherapy (different methods)
  • Couple therapy
  • Specific topics:
    • Psychiatric diseases
    • Hypersexuality
    • Paraphilic disorders
    • chronic disease / Cancer
    • physical disability
    • POIS, PGAS
    • Body Dysmorphic syndrome
    • Chronic Pelvic Pain

The course not only aims to add to your knowledge of Sexual Medicine but also to enable you to change your clinical practice with the acquisition of new skills to apply to providing services for patients and to have more confidence in assessing and helping men and women with common sexual concerns.

Moreover, there will be an optional and very informal social program run throughout the course. This is a friendly course and we hope that participants will make new friends, as well as learn about Sexual Medicine. Because the number of participants is strictly limited, there is plenty of opportunity to meet and talk informally with teaching faculty members. Group members have the option of joining us for evenings together during and after dinner.

Although 10 days may seem a long time to be away from home at a course, feedback from previous groups suggests that loneliness and boredom are not a problem.

The actual running cost of the complete Program is more than € 3,700.00 per person but it is partly-subsidized by generous support from the European Society for Sexual Medicine.

Therefore, the registration fee for the complete program is

  • EUR 2.500,00 for ESSM members
  • EUR 2.800,00 for Non-members

This includes: tuition fees, meals and accommodation for the 10 days course. Travel costs are not included. ESSM members from low-income countries, or those who are experiencing financial hardship, may apply for special bursaries (application through the registration procedure), which can cover part of the registration fee.

ISSM is offering 10 scholarships covering the full amount of the registration fee. The registration fee is inclusive of tuition fees, meals and accommodation. ISSM scholars will need to pay for their own travel and any additional expenses; Click here to apply for an ISSM scholarship to attend the ESSM School of Sexual Medicine 2019. Scholarships are available to first-time attendees. The deadline to apply for an ISSM scholarship is June 3rd, 2019. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered. The travel stipends will be allocated based on need. The assessment will be made by the Grants & Prizes Committee and reviewed by the ISSM Executive Committee. Applicants will be informed about the status of their application in the second week of July 2019.

The number of participants in each year of the Sexual Medicine Program is limited, so early application is advisable; registrations will be accepted on a first come-first serve basis upon receiving full payment of the registration fee.

Acceptance to the basic or advance course will take place after evaluation by the course leaders, of the delivered information (CV, Motivation letter and information). Full refund will be provided if you will not be satisfied with the allocation to the basic/advanced course according to your request but not later than 5 days after the announcement of the allocation.

The ESSM School of Sexual Medicine, Budapest, Hungary will seek accreditation by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®)

For further information, please e-mail the ESSM Secretariat: