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SpR Training Programme
The Faculty continues to progress
development of its four-year Specialist
Registrar (SpR) Training Programme. The
programme has been approved by both
the RCPI and RCSI and is now ready to
progress to the next phase, submission to
the HSE Medical and Education Training
Unit and the Irish Medical Council.
The FSEM held its Annual Scientific
conference on Friday, September
20, 2013. The conference focused
on "Exercise at the extremes of age"
(childhood and adolescence, and middle
and later life) and "Head & neck injuries
in sports", including facial, eye, dental,
neck, ear, nose, and spine injuries.
The conference, which was officially
opened by Senator Eamonn Coghlan,
also featured presentations on exercise
medicine and chronic illness, as well as
an update lecture on anti-doping and
supplements. Honorary Fellowships
were awarded to Dr David McDonagh,
University Hospital Trondheim, Norway
and Professor Bengt Saltin, Professor of
Human Physiology and a leading anti-
doping expert.
The Faculty launched its Sports and
Exercise Medicine Structured Educational
Programme (SEMSEP) on November 30,
2013 in RCSI with the first of a series of
four modules. The inaugural topic was
Anti-Doping and Pharmacology, which
drew a strong attendance of FSEM
Fellows and Members, as well as medical
practitioners in various specialties,
physiotherapists and medical/
physiotherapy students.
The series continued in Spring 2014
with three further modules. Concussion
was the focus for the February 1,
2014 module, while the third module
on March 8 covered two topics
Disability in Sports and Physical
Activity for Health. The fourth and
final module took place on May 17 and
addressed the subject of the Mountain
Environment and Mountain Rescue.
The Joint Diploma in Musculoskeletal
Examination and Injury Management,
run by the Irish College of general
Practitioners and the Faculty of Sports
Medicine, RCPI & RCSI, continues to
grow, with a strong focus on learning
outcomes and practice skills that meet
general practice needs. Bone and joint
disorders account for more than half of
all chronic conditions in people over 50
years of age and are the most common
cause of severe, long-term pain and
disability. In Ireland, the average gP
practice consists of almost 20 per cent
musculoskeletal problems. This diploma
course in musculoskeletal care, driven
by learning outcomes and a strong
emphasis on practice skills, is being
offered to meet general practice needs
in the future.
Standard Principles of
Resuscitation and Trauma in Sport
(SPoRTS) Immediate Care Course
Two series of very successful Standard
Principles Of Resuscitation and Trauma
in Sport (SPoRTS) Immediate Care
Courses were held in November 2013
in RCSI and April 2014 in UCC. The
courses are based on an approach
where health care professionals from
all levels and backgrounds train and
learn together and these pre-hospital
courses, for medics who do not deal
with critical care situations every
day, are designed to encourage this
integrated training method.
the year from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 has been a busy one for the board,
committee and staff of the faculty of sports & Exercise medicine (fsEm) with
significant progress achieved across our key objectives: the promotion of a healthy
and active lifestyle in the general population; the protection of the physical and
mental health and wellbeing of all engaged in sports, exercise and physical activity
and the provision of guidance and support to national sports medicine federations.
Dr Padraig Sheeran
Dean of the Faculty of Sports &
Exercise Medicine, RCPI & RCSI