Training and development (SEM)

This page provides useful information on the training and development for this specialty and also has tips for people at all stages of their training including medical school.

The approved postgraduate training programme for sport and exercise medicine is available from the GMC

The full training programme for sport and exercise medicine lasts a minimum of six years. Trainees must apply on completion of foundation programmes to one of three different ST1-2 training routes as detailed below each lasts a minimum of two years:

Trainees undertaking CMT or ACCS as their core training programme are required to obtain full MRCP (UK) before entry into specialty training at ST3.

Following completion of ST1 and ST2 years, the trainees must then apply for the SEM specialty training starting at ST3.  The SEM specific training lasts four years.

Detailed entry requirements and all essential and desirable criteria are listed in the NHS Person Specification 2017 for Sports and Exercise Medicine ST3.

All 2017 person specifications can be found on the NHS specialty training website. Please note that these documents are updated every year in the autumn before the recruitment round opens.

Trainees can complete the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine Diploma Exam from ST3 onwards in passing the Diploma exam a doctor can also apply to the Faculty for membership of the faculty of sports and exercise medicine (MFSEM) status.

The British Association of Sport and Exercise (BASEM) run a revision course for parts 1 and 2 of the Diploma in SEM.

On completion of SEM training doctors will be able to enter the specialist register and apply to the Faculty for FFSEM status.

This information is correct at the time of writing. Full and accurate details of training pathways are available from medical royal colleges, local education and training boards (LETBs) or the GMC.

Getting in tips

These tips will give you valuable experience to add to your CV.

Whether you're a medical student, foundation trainee or doing your core specialty training, there's information below to help you.

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