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 took place in Budapest from 24 November to 3 December. The date and place for the next edition, ESSM School and Advanced Course 2024, will be available in spring.

The ESSM School of Sexual Medicine and Advanced Course is run with the support of the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) and the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM). 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 2024

ESSM School and Advanced Course
dates & place will be available in Spring 2024

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 2024

The registration fee and further information for the complete program will be available in spring 2024.

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
  • Attended specific training in Sexual Medicine/Clinical Sexology or ESSM school or already FECSM or ECPS
  • Preferably working in a multidisciplinary team

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 event 2023 is supported by unrestricted educational grants:


  • The ESSM School of Sexual Medicine
  • European CME credits (ECMEC®s)
  • The ESSM Advanced Course of Sexual MedicineMore information will be available soon in Spring 2024

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.