New Developments in Education and Training in Sexual Medicine


Corresponding Author: Yacov Reisman, MD, PhD, Men's Health Clinic, Amstelland Hospital, Laan van de Helende Meesters 8, 1186AH Amstelveen, The Netherlands. Tel: +31-20-755700; Fax: +31-20-7556263; E-mail:



The past 12 months have been historic ones for the field of Sexual Medicine in that we have seen the creation of the European Board examination in Sexual Medicine with the title of “Fellow of the European Committee on Sexual Medicine” (FECSM) offered to successful candidates.


The study aims to promote a high standard of care in Sexual Medicine.


An important way of promoting high standards of care is by the development of training, regulation, and assessment framework. The background to these developments and the recent educational activities of the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) are described in this article.


The creation of the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee on Sexual Medicine (MJCSM) under the auspices of the European Union of Medical Specialists, with the primary purpose to develop the highest possible standards of training in Sexual Medicine in Europe, made it possible to create a process for qualification in Sexual Medicine. The ESSM educational activities created opportunities to support trainees in Sexual Medicine and the first MJCSM exam was held in Amsterdam with a high overall success rate.


These activities are intended to improve quality. The FECSM examination is the first of its type and provides a real opportunity for Sexual Medicine physicians to demonstrate and document their knowledge.