Program and eligibility

When and where will the ESSM School take place?

The ESSM School will take place from 8 november till 17 november 2019 in Budapest Hungary. It will be given at the same hotel at the same time as the Advanced course. Participants from both courses will be able to meet each other. A few workshops will be open to participants from both groups.

When am I eligible for the ESSM School?

The following criteria apply to participation in the ESSM School

  • Medical doctor/specialist
  • Psychologist/Psychotherapist

Clinical experience in sexual medicine is an advantage but not a requirement.

Although the ESSM School is organized by a European society, participants from all over the world are welcome to attend.

What are the topics of the ESSM School?

The School covers: sexual development; sexual orientation; sexual identity; sexual response; brain & chronic conditions; fertility; pain; sexual therapy; FSD; MSD.

The exact program of the ESSM School can be found through: ESSM School Program 2019 (PDF)

Who is the faculty of the ESSM School?

The directors of both programs are Mikkel Fode, Hester Pastoor, Cobi Reisman and Francesca Tripodi. Mikkel Fode and Francesca Tripodi will be in charge of the ESSM School.

The faculty of both courses is partly similar, because of logistic reasons. You can find the names of the lecturers in the ESSM School program: ESSM School Program 2019 (PDF)

What is the difference between the ESSM School and the ESSM Advanced course?

The ESSM School covers the most common sexual problems that you encounter in your clinical practice, like sexual dysfunction in men and women. Besides this, it also covers theoretical concepts, theoretical models and background information about sexual development, sexual identity and sexual functioning. It also covers different treatment strategies.

The Advanced course covers topics that are less common or more complex, for example Body Dysmorphic Disorder or PGAD, but also surgery issues. Managing clinical cases and working multidisciplinary is an important part of this course.

Is there ‘hands-on’ training in the ESSM School?

The School offers ‘hands-on’ training by interactive sessions, workshops, and role-play. Lecturers will give clinical examples on support of their topics. Sessions on participants’ clinical cases is also included.

Will the lectures of the ESSM School be shared with the participants?

Yes, you will be able to download all the lectures through a secured environment on the ESSM website.

In which language will the ESSM School be given?


Does the ESSM School offer a social program?

Yes, it does. The social program is incorporated in the registration fee. It is an informal program to get to know each other. Attending the social program is optional, but warmly recommended and appreciated.

ESSM Exam and fellowships

Is the ESSM School a preparation for the FECSM/ECPS exam?

The ESSM School is not a specific preparation for the exam although a lot of participants attend the ESSM school for this purpose. If you want to apply for the FECSM/ECPS exam following this course is not a requirement. But attending can help you prepare.

Preceding the exam, it is possible to attend a short preparation course the days before, check the dates and program at: https://www.essm.org/education-certifications/certifications/pre-courses/.

When will the next FECSM/ECPS exam be?

Every two years the exam will be organized preceding the annual meeting. The precise date of the next exam can be found on the ESSM website: https://www.essm.org/meetings/sexual-medicine-calendar/

When am I eligible for the FECSM/ECPS exam?

The following medical professionals are eligible for the FECSM exam

  • Registered medical specialist (having received a degree of specialty at least in the last 12 months), in their country of practice
  • Registered General Practitioners with more than 5 years' clinical experience of unsupervised independent practice

More information: www.mjcsm.org
The following psychology professionals are eligible for the ECPS exam:

  • Psychology degree OR psychiatry degree OR MD degree with additional psychotherapy training WITH
  • Post graduate training in sexology (providing certificate) including relevant supervised experience of at least 2 years

More information: https://www.essm.org/education-certifications/certifications/efs-essm-certified-psycho-sexologist-ecps/


Applying and costs

How do I apply for the ESSM School?

You can apply for the ESSM School through this link: https://www.essm.org/education-certifications/essm-school-of-sexual-medicine/

When applying you need to upload a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, professional details and information.

The program directors will judge your application and decide if you are eligible. Possible judgements: denied, accepted, eligible for the Advanced course.

Registration will be on a first come – first serve base upon receiving full payment of the registration fee. Since the number of participants is limited early application is advisable.

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.

What are the costs for attending the ESSM School?

The registration fee for the complete program i

  • 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.

Are there any scholarships to attend the ESSM School or the Advanced course?

Yes, there are. There are 10 ISSM scholarships this year, which will be divided between the ESSM School and the Advanced course. The ISSM scholarships do not cover travel costs. You can apply for an ISSM Scholarship through: https://professionals.issm.info/grants/issm-scholarships/

Further information

For further information, please e-mail the ESSM Secretariat: ESSMSchool2019@aimgroup.eu