Core Knowledge Assessment Test
in Gynaecological Oncology



The ESGO Examination in Gynaecological Oncology is a theoretical evaluation and a high-level knowledge assessment that covers the entire subspecialty curriculum of gynaecologic oncology including the respective areas in surgery, medical oncology, pathology and radiation therapy. The Examination is open to all physicians treating patients with gynaecologic cancers - fellows and junior doctors to complement their clinical training, and more experienced colleagues to obtain the certification of their knowledge in countries where GO is not recognised as a subspecialty.

The existence of a supra-national examination in gynaecological oncology provides an incentive for the development of the university, regional, national and European training programs.

The Exam can be also used on national levels as an excellent tool for learning and validation in countries where the subspecialty is not recognised. Whereas in such countries the national training programmes do not exist, the ESGO Exam provides a possibility for healthcare professionals to validate their professional theoretical knowledge.

Since the Exam reflects the ongoing European standardisation, harmonisation and quality assurance process in medicine in general, the successful candidates will receive an ESGO Certificate that certifies a high level of professional competence and excellence on a European scale.


The ESGO Examination is a written test consisting of set of 100 single best answer questions that have been created by a team of professionals and match the rules set by the UEMS/CESMA.

Questions will contain organ specific questions:

  • Ovarian and tubal cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Vaginal cancer
  • Vulvar cancer
  • Gestational trophoblastic disease
  • Miscellanous

As well as generic modules:

  • GMP
  • Clinical cancer genetics
  • Systemic therapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Pathology
  • Psychooncology, Sexual health
  • Palliative and supportive care
  • Peri-operative care
  • Urological surgery
  • Plastic surgery, wound care
  • Radiology
  • Research, methodology

The candidates will take the written examination in length of 180 minutes. Pass/fail will be calculated based on the Cohen method and will be communicated within 12 days after the exam by the ESGO Office.

The next ESGO Exam will take place before the annual ESGO congress in Rome, 2025.

All details will be announced in due course.

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Clinical practice requires capability to evaluate the problem and find the most suitable solution in an adequate period of time within the context of a continuously evolving multidisciplinary approach.

A regular update of competences is therefore needed. Preparation for the ESGO exam increases your knowledge in the fields of medical specialties which make you a gyneconcologist with a true multidisciplinary update approach.

Prof. Cristiana Sessa, Switzerland


ESGO 2025 Congress



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