ESMO Examination for Medical Oncologists

ESMO examination 2014

The main session of the 2014 ESMO examination will take place on Saturday 27 September 2014, during the ESMO 2014 congress in Madrid, Spain.

Main session at ESMO 2014, Madrid
Date: Saturday 27 September 2014
Examination time: 17:30–20:00 CEST
Enrolment: from 16:00 onwards
Location: Hall 7 ( Download the congress venue floorplan)

ESMO members: forgotten to register for the exam?

Online registration has now closed, however there are still 50 places left for ESMO members at the main examination session in Madrid. To register (€300) please go to the ESMO Lounge (Hall 10) on Saturday between 10:00 and 14:00.

ESMO examination 2014: parallel sessions

Parallel sessions will be held in: Lucerne, Switzerland; Berlin, Germany; Cairo, Egypt and Chennai, India.

Registration fees and deadlines

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: 15 March 2014 €60 €300
Late registration: 21 July 2014 €200 €300

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.

In 2013, 268 candidates sat the ESMO examination. The main session was at the European Cancer Congress 2013, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with parallel sessions in Cairo, Egypt; Berlin, Germany; Ahmedabad-Gujarat, India and Lucern, Switzerland.

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.

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 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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