ESMO Examination for Medical Oncologists
The main session of the 2015 ESMO examination will take place on 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
Please kindly note that the ESMO Examination will take place in the ACV (Austria Center Vienna - Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1, 1220 Vienna).
This is a different venue from where the 2015 European Cancer Congress will be held (Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Centre).
Registration deadlines and fees
Registration for the ESMO examination closed on 22 July 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|
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 accredited with 50 category 1 ESMO-MORA CME points.
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 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.
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.