ESSM School of Sexual Medicine

16 – 25 November 2018

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; this year as in previous year, we will deliver 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.

Our programme is intended for clinicians seeking to acquire the knowledge and skills essential for practice in Sexual Medicine and Clinical Sexology.

Medically-qualified participants should find the programme helpful when preparing for the Fellowship of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine examination (more info

Psychologists will find the program helpful as well for the preparation of the EFS & ESSM exam for qualification as Psycho-Sexologist (more info

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

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

Programme & Requirements

The Programme 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 programme 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 programme 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.

All sessions during the programme 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 desire, arousal and response
  • 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.

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 programme 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 Programme is more than € 3,500.00 per person but it is partly-subsidized by generous support from the European Society for Sexual Medicine.

Therefore, the registration fee for the complete programme is

  • EUR 2.300,00 for ESSM members
  • EUR 2.600,00 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, which can cover part of the registration fee.

ISSM (International Society for Sexual Medicine) will support the participation of non-Europeans with 10 grants covering the full registration fee. Applications will be through the ISSM website (

The number of participants in each year of the Sexual Medicine Programme 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.

The ESSM School of Sexual Medicine, Budapest, Hungary, 16/11/2018-25/11/2018 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 64 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.” “Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRACategory 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.”

For further information, please e-mail the ESSM Secretariat