ESMO Examination for Medical Oncologists

ESMO examination 2014

The results of the 2014 ESMO examination will be available by the beginning of December.

All candidates will be informed of their results by e-mail. The letter and the certificate will be available to download from your myESMO account.

The main session of the 2014 ESMO examination took place on Saturday 27 September 2014, during the ESMO 2014 congress in Madrid, Spain. Parallel sessions were held in Lucerne, Switzerland; Berlin, Germany; Cairo, Egypt and Chennai, India.

In total, 323 candidates sat the 2014 ESMO Examination: 190 in Madrid, 43 in Lucerne, 34 in Chennai, 30 in Berlin and 26 in Cairo.

Registration

Online registration for the 2015 ESMO examination will open in January 2015.

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.

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

Read the report from the 2013 ESMO Examination

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
  • Pass score: 60% of correct answers
  • 100 multiple choice questions are divided as follows:
    • 60 type A questions
    • 20 type B questions
    • 20 type K questions

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 ESMO Academy 2015: is a new course giving a general but in-depth update about the major topics in medical oncology and specifically designed for professionals who intend to take the ESMO Examination, medical oncologists in training, and professionals in need of a refresher course.

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.

ESMO Examination analysis is powered by the University of Bern, Switzerland. Representatives from the Institute for Medical Education of the University of Bern have acknowledged the authority of the ESMO Examination and its value as a high-quality assessment tool.

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.