Two important credentialing exams will take place in Istanbul on January 28, 2014, just before the joint meeting of the European Federation of Sexology (EFS) and the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM).
Until now, sexual medicine has been an “unprotected profession” in Europe. These credentials will ensure professionals and patients that a clinician has proper education, training, and experience in the field.
EFS-ESSM Certified Psych-Sexologist (ECPS)
The EFS-ESSM Certified Psych-Sexologist (ECPS) exam will be given for the first time. This exam, intended for psychologists with previous education and clinical experience in sexology, will offer examinees a chance to qualify for this credential.
The exam will last for three hours and contain 100 multiple choice questions on the following domains:
• Introduction to human sexuality
• Issues of intimate relationships
• Bio-psycho-social aspects of sexual development and the sexual response
• Diagnostic and therapeutic methods in psychosexual therapy and male sexual dysfunctions
• Female sexual dysfunctions
• Medical conditions and their relation to sexual function
• Other sexual disorders
• Issues related to contraception and childbirth
The following individuals may apply to take the ECPS exam:
• University qualified psychologists who are accredited in their country of practice
• Medical doctors with an academic psychotherapy degree and postgraduate training in sexology, including supervised experience
Fellow of the European Committee on Sexual Medicine (FECSM)
The Fellow of the European Committee on Sexual Medicine (FECSM) exam will also be given on January 28 in Istanbul.
This exam is given under the auspices of the European Union of Medical Specialists.
Examinees must be:
• A registered medical practitioner
• Accredited as a medical specialist in his or her country of practice
• A General Practitioner/Family Physician with more than 5 years of clinical experience of unsupervised independent practice
The exam lasts for three hours and includes 100 multiple choice questions that cover the following domains:
• Basic science
• General sexual issues
• Diagnosis and management of male sexual dysfunctions
• Diagnosis and management of female sexual dysfunctions
• Other sexual disorders
The application for the FECSM exam is also November 14, 2013. More information may be found at the website of the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee of Sexual Medicine: http://www.mjcsm.org
Preparation Courses for Both Exams
Preparation courses for both exams will be held January 25 – 27, 2014 at the Ramada Plaza Istanbul. Taught by recognized experts in the field of sexual medicine, the preparation courses will cover all subjects that may be included in the exams as well as exam-taking skills and practice. The program of preparation courses for both exams may be found here.