Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) consultants are specialists skilled in the delivery of Musculoskeletal and Physical activity medicine and Team Care. The specialty has a large scale application in managing and improving the health of the general public through exercise advice and prescription.
Training and qualifications requiredTraining usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine. You’ll then complete two years of foundation training, two years of core medical training and four years of specialty training (ST3-6). This period of training will include completing your royal college exams. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.
Expected working hours and salary rangeDoctors may work up to 48 hours a week. The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings. On call possible. Pay scales (2017): NHS consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490. Outside the NHS they may earn more.
Desirable skills and valuesYou’ll need to have good team working and communication skills and understand the legal and ethical issues related to drugs in sport. You’ll also be able to take and record complex patient histories, manage a wide spectrum of conditions and be willing to learn and understand the demands of sports-related activity.
ProspectsThere are 6 consultants in sports and exercise medicine in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching
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