Participants of the ESSM School of Sexual Medicine will have the opportunity to learn the essentials of sexuality that are necessary for effective clinical practice. The newly introduced advanced course is dedicated to the experienced scientists Health Care professionals.

The ESSM School and Advanced Course 2023 will take place in Budapest from 24 November to 3 December


The ESSM School of Sexual Medicine and Advanced Course 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). 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.

Important dates

ESSM School and Advanced Course:
24 November – 3 December 2023

Budapest, Hungary

In order to improve the program and to adjust to the requirements of the participants, we will have 2 separated courses (an ESSM school and the Advanced Course) according to level of knowledge and skills.

Registration fee 2022

The registration fee for the complete program is

  • EUR 3,250 for ESSM members
  • EUR 3,500 for Non-members

This includes: tuition fees, lunches and coffee breaks (as better specified in the registration system), 5 dinners (1 soft drink included) and 9 nights accommodation for the 10 days course (B&B treatment in single use rooms). 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. The fee does not include any entertainment/live music event that will be subject to a separate fee to be paid onsite.

We advise to book flights which include flexible date change and cancellation insurance.

ISSM scholarship

Information about ISSM scholarship available on the ISSM website.

Limited number of participants

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.

Who can apply

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.

Who can apply for Advanced Course

  • 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

Program and 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.

The Academic Program 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


Scientific Board

Scientific Director: Yacov Reisman (The Netherlands)
Member:  Hester Pastoor (The Netherlands), Francesca Tripodi (Italy)

Benefit for medically-qualified participants

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

Benefit for psychologists

Psychologists will find the school course program helpful as well for the preparation of the EFS & ESSM exam for qualification as Psycho-Sexologist (more info on the certification and exam at

“The ESSM School and Advanced Course of Sexual Medicine, Budapest, Hungary, 18/11/2022-27/11/2022 have been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 59 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 PRA Category 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.”


EACCME® credits

Each participant can only receive the number of credits he/she is entitled to according to his/her actual participation at the event once he/she has completed the feedback form.


The event in 2022 was supported by unrestricted educational grants: