The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine
The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) is the governing body for Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) in the UK. Representing and developing the medical specialty of SEM, the FSEM sets out:
- Standards of excellence
- Oversees curriculum, educational and training requirements, examination, assessment and appraisal of SEM doctors
- Demonstrate the need for specialists and subspecialists
- Progress career pathways for doctors by offering guidance and support
- Demonstrate the positive benefits to public health of physical activity in the prevention and management of disease
- Engage with the Government, organisations and the wider public on behalf of its members
Doctors from the UK and overseas, who have completed specialty training, can join the FSEM to gain either FFSEM or MFSEM recognition.
The Faculty also welcomes SEM trainees and medical students with an interest in SEM through Associate Membership. See our membership page for further information.
The FSEM was launched in 2006, and is an intercollegiate faculty of the Royal College of Physicians of London and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Our strategic mission is to promote better health for the public through excellence in musculoskeletal medicine, exercise medicine and team care. Promoting SEM is a cost effective approach to the prevention and management of illness and injury.
The Faculty has over 560 Members and Fellows, not including medical students. There are curently 115 Sport and Exercise Medicine Consultants on the GMC specialist register.
The Specialty of Sport and Exercise Medicine
Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) involves the medical care of injury and illness in sport and exercise and has a large scale application in improving the health of the general public through exercise advice and prescription.
It requires accurate diagnoses, careful clinical examination, experience and knowledge of sport and exercise specific movement patterns. A multidisciplinary approach and a ‘broad church’ specialty, SEM practitioners work in a variety of settings across primary, secondary and tertiary care and includes the following disciplines:
- Sport Medicine and Team Care
- Musculoskeletal Medicine
- Exercise Medicine
- Workplace Wellness
The specialty treats a wide range of patients from elite sportspeople through to those recovering from and managing illness or injury.
You can find further information, publications and resources about the specialty of Sport and Exercise Medicine in our Media & Resources section.