How to pursue a career in sports and exercise medicine?
Caroline replies . . .
Sports and exercise medicine (SEM) is a relatively new kid on the block because it only became a specialty in 2005. SEM offers a variety of career options, such as working in NHS funded musculoskeletal services and exercise medicine clinics across primary and secondary care, and also private sports medicine practices for individuals as well as roles attached to professional sport teams.
After the foundation programme, doctors who are interested in pursuing a career in SEM have a choice of three pathways—core medicine, acute common core stem, or general practice. On successful completion of one of these three programmes, doctors apply to enter SEM at specialist training year 3 level. Data from the most recent recruitment round (available on the www.st3recruitment.org.uk website) reported that there were 34 applicants for 11 national training numbers, giving a competition ratio of 2.4. To put this in context—this means