Frequently Asked Questions
I am a final year medical student and would be grateful of advice on how to secure an elective in sports and exercise medicine?
We at BASEM often get approached by students seeking elective opportunities in Sport and Exercise Medicine. However, as an organisation we are not currently in the position to be able to locate, or advise on specific placements.
In general terms it is useful to look at a location in which you are interested in gaining experience, either geographical region or specific sports, and then to approach contacts within this area. Some sports teams and National Governing Bodies may have specific opportunities that are open, however, these change regularly and BASEM is not informed of many of the opportunities that may be available.
Have you considered becoming a member of BASEM? There are lots of opportunities to network with other medical professionals within the speciality, who can advise re and may be able to help with an elective. These opportunities include networking at the various courses/conferences throughout the year and also via the website forum.
I am a final year medical student who intercalated in sports medicine. What is the career path now to becoming an SEM Physician and what should I be doing in my Foundation years to improve my chances of selection for specialist training in SEM?
Firstly, the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine's website (www.fsem.co.uk) provides information on career progression which will answer many of your queries.
The route to ST3 higher specialist training is either through General Medicine, Acute Common Stem or General Practice. All of these are ST1-2, before looking to start SEM HST at ST3. There is an argument that says doing ST1 - 3 in General Practice may be a sensible option, then going on to ST3 in SEM as this will lead to dual accreditation.
An MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine would be a good thing to consider. This will teach you much of the academic underpinning for the training. A variety of Universitites run these, some of which allow you to continue working whilst studying. Click here for further information.
Finding local practitioners and gaining insights from them will be useful. Look in your local vicinity to see if you can gain some practical exposure to SEM.
Other things that can be useful include attending relevant courses, conferences and other learning events; join the SEM society at your University of study. Finally, join BASEM as an undergraduate student member, where you will receive regular updates on SEM issues and access to the members' area to enable you to network with your fellow colleagues via the BASEM forum. Not to mention the excellent education courses/conferences, that offer useful networking opportunites as well as improve your knowledge and skils in SEM.
I am a General Practitioner and have been looking for training appropriate for Doctors in Sports and Exercise Medicine. Can you advise?
There are a number of ways of getting education in Sport and Exercise Medicine, depending on the level you want to reach. If you want to work towards a Diploma or MSc, there are several courses run by academic institutions aroung the country. These may be full-time, part-time or distance learning. Information on these courses is available here
BASEM also runs courses from an introductory to Diploma Revision. Information on BASEM courses is available here
BASEM is a membership association whose main remit is to provide education and in addition to our courses we run 2 conferences each year. There are lots of benefits for members including the British Journal of Sport (and Exercise) Medicine, the BJSM which is a leading international journal which is also taken as the membership journal by 16 other Sports Medicine Associations around the world. BASEM has introduced an elearning portal for members that has lectures videod from recent conferences and courses. We hope to expand this with structured e learning topics carrying CPD points.