About CASEM

Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine Committed to Excellence

The Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) is an organization of physicians committed to excellence in the practice of medicine as it applies to all aspects of physical activity.


Mission statement

Our mission is to forge a strong, collective voice for sport and exercise medicine; to be a leader in advancing the art and science of sport and exercise medicine, including health promotion and disease prevention, for the benefit of all Canadians.


What is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician?

CASEM has developed a short brochure which outlines the scope of practice of the sport medicine physician.    You can download the brochure by clicking on the link below – feel free to use it in your offices and with your patients


How to Become A Sport Medicine Physician?

Anyone with an interest in becoming a Sport Medicine physician must first be a graduate of a recognized medical school. At this time, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons does not recognize Sport Medicine as a specialty. However, the CASEM Diploma in Sport Medicine serves to identify to the public and the profession physicians with particular skill and special expertise in the area of Sport Medicine. Physicians may further their education by taking electives in medical schools/residencies, post-graduate training or fellowships. Membership in the Academy provides another opportunity to share experiences with Sport Medicine experts and to receive the CASEM Diploma in Sport Medicine.

This internationally renowned clinical exam was introduced in 1989. The Diploma is recognized in many provincial and international jurisdictions as the requirement to practice sport medicine. The examination is a multi-stage OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation) administered annually through the Credentials Committee. A curriculum has been developed through the Education Committee to assist candidates in preparation for the exam. Physicians who possess the diploma in sport medicine can be identified by the nominal Dip. Sport Med. You can register on-line or by mail.


Organizational Structure

The CASEM was developed because of specific medical problems presented at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico, and became officially incorporated on June 8, 1970. Since that time it has evolved from an organization providing medical care to elite athletes at international events to the leading source of information and expertise in the art and science of sport medicine.

The CASEM’s affairs are managed by a Board of Directors who are elected annually. The office is based in Ottawa. Operating costs are supported through membership fees, corporate sponsorship, fundraising activities and charitable donations (the CASEM is registered as a charitable organization).

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