It is our great pleasure for the second year to announce a partnered fellowship grant program for penile implanters offered in collaboration between the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) and Boston Scientific.

Announcing The ESSM/Boston Scientific Penile Implant Fellowship

It is our great pleasure for the second year to announce a partnered fellowship grant program for penile implanters offered in collaboration between the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) and Boston Scientific. The purpose of the program is to allow qualified candidates to train at recognized European Centers of Excellence in order to gain proficiency in penile implant surgeries. The fellowship should allow for the implantation of at least 30 implants at the chosen center/consortium centers. This can be achieved through a single stay which also allows for research and participation in other surgeries or through a series of visits.

The grants will go toward expenses associated with such fellowships according to pre-specified budgets drafted by the applicants and paid out based on documented expenses. In addition, a small monthly compensation may be awarded to fellows who opt for a prolonged continues stay.

Level of Support

A total of 5 fellowship grants up to € 30,000 can be paid out to successful applicants for use during 2019. Fellows and mentors will be invited to annual fellows educational evening and dinner at the ESSM annual meeting with Boston Scientific. Fellows will also be invited to other Boston Scientific training and education events.

15th Jun 2018

Deadline for applications

15th Jan 2019

Decision and notification

  • Applicants must be a consultant or within one year of completion of their general urological or related specialist training
  • Applicants must be committed to career in andrology and/or reconstructive urology
  • Applicants must be active members of the ESSM in good standing
  • Completion of the ESSM school of sexual medicine course and/or the Fellowship of the Committee of Sexual Medicine title will be an advantage but is not a requirement.
  • Publications relevant to the field will be an advantage but is not a requirement.

Potential fellows must submit their applications via the email admin@essm.org. The applicant must include a full CV and motivated personal statement (maximum 500 words) as well as a draft budget and prioritized list of the centers of excellence. In addition, a reference with support from either their home department or their national ESSM affiliated society for sexual medicine is needed.

The applications will be reviewed by a grant committee appointed by the ESSM. Upon the initial assessment, applicants may be asked to participate in a follow-up interview.

Successful applicants and grant amounts allocated will be announced by January 15st 2019. Here, the fellows will be assigned to a center and a detailed plan of the fellowship timing can be agreed between the parties.

The grants will be used to cover expenses either directly or paid out to the fellow, based on documented expenses. The fellow will be solely responsible for relevant payment for tax purposes.

Penile implant surgery should make up a significant component of fellows operative exposure, however it is anticipated that other andrological problems will be covered. This may include other surgeries, outpatient clinics and consultations, ward based care and research opportunities.

On completion of the fellowship, the host center must issue a report of the fellow to the ESSM and the fellow must complete a feedback review on the placement. In addition, all fellows must submit a log book of their completed penile implant procedures and at least 3 structured assessments of their operative ability (eg. OATS).

Centers Of Excellence

Fellowships are possible at these distinguished centers/consortium centers of excellence; each applicant must enclose in their application a prioritized list of centers at which they wish to do their fellowship. Based on this, the ESSM will match each successful fellow to a center/consortium.

The Fellow will work in 3 locations in Belgium (30-45 minutes between them by car) with the surgeons Dr. Koenraad van Renterghem, Dr. Robert Andrianne, Dr. Maxime Sempels, and Dr. Maarten Albersen:

The fellow will work in 4 locations in Madrid under the directors Dr Juan Ignacio Martinez-Salamanca, Dr Ignacio Moncada, Dr Enrique Lledo-Garcia:

  • Hosp Universitario Puerta de Hierro (JIMS)
  • Hospital Universitario La Zarzuela (IM)
  • Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañon (ELG)
  • Lyx Instituto de Urologia (JIMS)

The Fellow will work in 3 locations in Italy under the directors Dr. Carlo Bettocchi and Dr. Maurizio Carrino:

  • Urology, Andrology and Kidney Transplantation Unit, Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation, University of Bari, Bari,
  • Polispecialistic Surgery Department, Antonio Cardarelli Hospital, Naples

2nd Italian consortium

A consortium centers, consisting of two hospitals:

  • Andrology Unit, Department of Gynecology and Urology, University Hospital Bologna (Public Center), Dr. Fulvio Colombo
  • Villa Donatello Hospital, Florence (Private Center), Dr. Nicola Mondaini

Both centers, that are well connected (1 hour away by car or by train), are recognized as Italian referral centers in reconstructive genital surgery, with a multi-year experience in penile implants, for the surgical treatment of severe erectile dysfunction, as well as for the treatment of patients with Peyronie’s Disease and/or severe penile fibrosis.

The fellow will work in London under director Mr. David Ralph at University College London Hospitals which has the largest Andrology department in the world. There are 6 consultants, 6 fellows, junior staff and researchers. The department is a major referral centre for penile prostheses, Peyronie’s Disease, male infertility, priapism, phalloplasty and penile cancer. The fellows will get a wide education in all of the above conditions and learn how to insert a penile prosthesis and deal with complications. The center currently inserts 300 implants per year.

The fellow will work under Professor Juenemann and Professor Osmonov at the Department of Urology, Kiel University, i.e. Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel (CAU). The unit of andrology was nominated center of excellence for penile implants in 2011 and is recognized worldwide as a tertiary referral center for prosthetic urology. The portfolio includes a wide range of andrological and reconstructive surgeries. Moreover, the unit offers a legendary anatomical-surgical seminar in which the fellows can participate for free. The unit of andrology in Kiel has a close scientific collaboration with ISSM and ESSM.