ESMO Examination for Medical Oncologists

The main session of the 2015 ESMO examination will take place at 17:30 Saturday 26 September 2015 during the European Cancer Congress in Vienna, Austria. Parallel sessions will be held in: Cairo, Egypt; Berlin, Germany; Chennai, India and Olten, Switzerland.

Important logistics info about location for Vienna Exam Session

The ESMO Examination will take place in the ACV (Austria Center Vienna - Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1, 1220 Vienna): Room D (Level -2), Saturday 26 September 2015

Enrollment starts: 16:00
ESMO examination starts: 17:30

This is a different venue from where the 2015 European Cancer Congress will be held (Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Centre).

Bus transfers from the ECC venue to the examination venue will be available at the following times: 15:20, 15:50, 16:20 (two buses) 16:45. Please do not rely on the last bus!

Candidates are strongly advised to arrive at the examination venue in time, to be sure to be granted access to the examination room.

Registration deadlines and fees

Registration for the ESMO examination closed on 22 July 2015. ESMO members wishing to sit the exam will still be able to register on Saturday 26 September from 9:00 to 13:00 in the ESMO Membership Lounge at ECC 2015.

The ESMO examination is open to ESMO Full and Junior members, members of the AIO and DGHO (Germany) and members of the FMH (Switzerland)

Deadline ESMO member fee AIO, DGHO, FMH member fee
Early registration: 16 March 2015 €60 €300
Late registration: 22 July 2015 €200 €300

ESMO Academy 2015 webcasts

Are you sitting the ESMO exam this year? Need a little help with your preparation? The webcasts from the ESMO Academy are now available! (ESMO members and event attendees)

Access the ESMO Academy webcasts

About the exam

The ESMO examination is a valuable assessment tool for practising medical oncologists and an excellent opportunity for medical oncologists in training to assess their knowledge. The ESMO Examination is the written part of the Board Certification in Medical Oncology in Switzerland and Slovenia. In all other countries the ESMO Examination certifies an excellent knowledge in the field of Medical Oncology according to the criteria of the European Society for Medical Oncology. The ESMO Examination has no legal standing since only national authorities can grant physicians the right to practice.

Successful candidates will be certified for five years. After five years recertification can be attained either by re-taking the ESMO Examination (on passing, recertification is valid for a further five years) or for ESMO members participation in the ESMO Medical Oncologist’s Recertification Approval (MORA) which is a proof of continuing medical education – allowing ESMO members to remain certified in medical oncology. If approved, the recertification is also valid for five years.

CME points

The ESMO Examination is accredited with 50 category 1 ESMO-MORA CME points.

Examination format

Questions cover all fields of medical oncology, including: basic elements of tumour path histology, epidemiology and biology. Besides all cancer types, the ESMO Examination includes practice-oriented issues on diagnosis, staging, management, evaluation and prognosis of cancer patients.

  • Written examination of 150 minutes
  • 100 multiple choice questions are divided as follows:
    • 60 type A questions
    • 20 type B questions
    • 20 type K questions
  • Pass score: according to the Rasch procedure, the pass score will fluctuate around 60% (empirically ± 5% than in previous years) to keep exam difficulty comparable from year to year

Preparing for the examination

To prepare for the ESMO examination, we recommend that applicants follow scientific updates published in the major oncology journals, including Annals of Oncology, and other educational material produced by ESMO.

The OncologyPRO Tumour Knowledge Portal groups ESMO resources according to the disease or the topic area and will help you find the educational material more easily.

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Privacy policy

No information about the ESMO Examination's results will be communicated to third parties unless authorised by the candidate and only if requested.

ESMO examination 2014

All candidates were informed of their results by e-mail on 9 December 2014. The letter and certificate (where applicable) can be downloaded from your myESMO account (select the MyEducation tab).

Out of a total of 323 candidates who sat the 2014 ESMO Examination, Urska Bokal, who sat the exam in Madrid, Spain, scored the highest mark.

Read the report from the 2014 ESMO Examination