Dear ISSM Member,
On behalf of our President, Chris McMahon, and the Board of Directors of the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), ISSM members are invited to apply to attend The ESSM School of Sexual Medicine 2013, to be held in the Best Western Hotel, Budapest, Hungary from October 11th till October 20th, 2013.
All ISSM members are welcome to apply to attend the School, but we are offering special assistance to members working in lower-income countries, and those in all other countries who are experiencing financial hardship, by additionally inviting them to apply for an ISSM scholarship to support their attendance at The ESSM School of Sexual Medicine.
The actual running cost of the complete Programme is more than 3300 euro per person, but it is part-subsidised by generous support from the European Society for Sexual Medicine. Hence, the registration fee for The ESSM School of Sexual Medicine 2013 is now 1900 euro. ISSM is offering 10 scholarships, paying the full amount of the registration fee. The registration fee is inclusive of tuition fees, meals and accommodation. ISSM scholars will need to pay for their own travel and any additional expenses; they will also be asked to provide ISSM with a short report, six months after their participation, on how the experience might have affected their professional lives.
Applications for ISSM Scholarships will be considered on an individual basis; information provided with applications will be treated as confidential. In your application for a scholarship, please explain why a scholarship is necessary to enable you to attend; the information that you provide to us will be treated in strict confidence and will only be seen by those involved in the grant allocation process.
Please be informed the application process to apply for an ISSM Scholarship to attend the ESSM School of Sexual Medicine is now closed. Recipients of ISSM grant-assisted places will be notified as soon as possible after the closing date for applications (August 15th, 2013).
The number of participants in each year of the Sexual Medicine Programme is limited, so early application is advisable. Applications on the course will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.
If any questions remain, please do not hesitate to contact us.
ISSM Executive Office
The ESSM School of Sexual Medicine was a joint venture established by the European Society for Sexual Medicine and the European Federation of Sexology. The first “Oxford Course” was run in 2007; this year, we will deliver a learning curriculum based upon the UEMS Joint Committee for Sexual Medicine syllabus and the EFS/ESSM Syllabus of Clinical Sexology. The programme is intended for clinicians seeking to acquire the knowledge and skills essential for practice in Sexual Medicine and Clinical Sexology. Medically-qualified participants should find the programme helpful when preparing for the Fellowship of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine examination, which was set for the first time in 2012. Psychologist will find the program helpful as well for the preparation of the first EFS & ESSM exam for qualification as Psychosexologist. So far, over one hundred and twenty participants from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas have taken part in the Oxford Programme; they include specialists in andrology, endocrinology, family medicine, gynaecology, internal medicine, psychiatry, urology and psychology. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the essentials of sexuality in both men and women that are necessary for effective clinical practice, even for those whose usual practice is exclusively with one gender.
The program begins at 14.00 hrs on October 11th and ends at 13.00 hrs on October 20th, 2013.
The program is intended for persons with postgraduate 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. They are not eligible to sit the UEMS Fellowship of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine exam, but can take part in the EFS & ESSM certification exam.
Participants must enter the 2013 Program at the 10 days, residential course. This covers a wide range of Sexual Medicine topics and provides the essential background learning from which clinical experience can be developed. All sessions during the program will be conducted in the English language; participative learning techniques for skill development will be used, as well as didactic teaching. Working with simulated patients, there will be practical training in Sexual Medicine consultation techniques and history-taking, and in the basic use of sex therapy techniques in Sexual Medicine.
The academic program will include:
• sexual development
• psychology and physiology of sexual desire, arousal and response
• impact of gender on sexuality
• ageing and sexuality
• sexual dysfunctions in men and women
• problematic sexual behaviour
• 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