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60 RCSI Annual Report 2012/13
TEACHING & LEARNING
facultY of sPorts &
EXErcisE mEdicinE,
rcPi and rcsi
Another busy year for Board members,
Committee members and staff in the
Faculty.
It was made particularly memorable by our tenth anniversary
celebrations in November 2012, in which we were joined by
representatives from RCSI and RCPI, past and current Faculty Deans
and Board Members, and Representatives from FSEM UK. I would
like to thank everyone for their dedication to the specialty and the
work done so far. We look forward to what the next 10 years bring.
Administration
The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) priorities were:
ˇ Afour-yearSpRTrainingProgramme,whichhasbeenwrittento
RCPI standards with details available in September 2013 when
we hope to have RCPI approval.
ˇ FSEMplantomeetwithRCSIinSeptember2013toensurethe
acceptability of the four-year SpR Training Programme.
ˇ Re-accreditationoftheFacultywiththeIrishMedicalCouncil
through the Chairman of the Re-accreditation working group,
Professor Michael Molloy, has been postponed to early 2014.
The Faculty must have approval from RCSI and RCPI before
approaching the Medical Council or the HSE/MET Unit.
FSEM Fellows and Members
Our objective is to have as widely representative a group of medical
practitioners with an interest in sports and exercise medicine,
across all specialties and levels, joining our ranks as Fellows as
Members. Sports medicine doctors, physicians, general practitioners,
emergency medicine specialists, anaesthetists and surgeons are
currently represented on our Faculty board.
Following survey feedback from our Fellows and Members, the
Board decided to review part of its committee structure. A Corporate
Committee was set up in early 2013 under the leadership of Dr
Padraig Sheeran, our Treasurer, to focus on corporate risk and
strategy and will make recommendations to the Board in relation
to Fellows and Members benefits, marketing and fundraising
opportunities.
Following the AGM, we created a new membership category,
Associate Membership, for registered medical practitioners currently
in training who have been awarded with a postgraduate qualification
in sports and exercise medicine, but do not meet the full criteria
for Membership at this time. We hope this category will be popular
among NCHDs in training. Information about Associate Membership,
Membership and Fellowship is available on our website:
www.rcsi.ie/fsem
We have increased communications by e-mail and given our website
a make-over, with a range of enhancements, including additional
course information.
In an attempt to improve our corporate governance, we circulated
an article on `Better Boards' to all Board members. In addition, we
had a presentation from a PwC management consultant on corporate
governance. We explored issues related to the culture of the Faculty
and the FSEM image was re-branded.
International Activities
We maintain close contact with the Faculty of Sports and Exercise
Medicine (UK), and are committed to our international European
Federation of Sports Medicine Associations (EFSMA) and Fédération
Internationale de Médecine du Sport (FIMS) affiliates. The biannual
meeting of EFSMA will take place in Strasbourg in September 2013,
under the patronage of the Council of Europe.
Education
Our Annual Scientific Conference was held in September 2012,
attracting more delegates than ever. Honorary Fellowships were
awarded to Dr Peter Bruckner (Australia) and Mr David Hickey
(Ireland). I would like to thank our Organising Committee, especially
Chairman, Dr Nick Mahony, for an invaluable contribution to the
success of the conference.
Our `Diploma in Musculoskeletal Examination and Injury
Management' is taught by Dr John O'Riordan, Dr L. Joe Conway
and Dr Michael Griffin from the FSEM, and the course is
administered by the ICGP. Information is available on
www.icgp.ie and www.rcsi.ie/fsem
In October 2012, the Faculty ran the inaugural `Standard Principles
Of Resuscitation and Trauma in Sports (SPoRTS) Immediate Care
Course' in RCSI, led by Dr Padraig Sheeran, Course Director and Mr
Brian Carlin, Lead Tutor. This course is open to medical practitioners
in other specialties and at all levels, as well as allied health care
professionals. An intensive three-day course, it has since been run