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.)
How to Become a Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician?
How to become a Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician
Sport and Exercise Medicine physicians have specialized training and skills (see PDF above) that position them to be caregivers for active patients of all ages. They have an interest in the promotion of lifelong wellness and fitness, as well as in prevention, diagnosis and management of illness and injury related or affecting sport and physical activity.
Anyone with an interest in becoming a Sport and Exercise Medicine physician must first be a graduate of a recognized medical school. There are now routes through both medical colleges (CFPC and RCPSC) to obtain further training in Sport & Exercise Medicine in Canada (aka CAC and AFC respectively – see below). The CASEM Diploma in Sport Medicine (Dip. Sport Med.) provides an additional internationally recognized certification over and above the CAC or AFC.
College of Family Physicians of Canada: CCFP (SEM) / MCFP (SEM)
A Family Physician resident can apply for a third training year (PGY3) in Sport & Exercise Medicine to complete their Certificate of Added Competence (CAC) SEM – see more information on http://www.cfpc.ca/CAC/#what
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: (RCPSC) AFC Dip SEM
The Royal College has established national standards for evaluating and accrediting Canadian Area of Focused Competence (AFC) programs. AFC diploma programs are post-residency competency-based programs that provide additional training. They build upon a broader discipline in order to enhance scope of practice.
Residents can apply to undertake an AFC in Sport & Exercise Medicine either as part of their residency program or after they have completed their specialty residency.
CASEM Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine (Dip. Sport Med.)
The Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) has developed a standardized and specific certification examination – the CASEM Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine. This internationally renowned clinical exam was introduced in 1989, and physicians who possess a Dip. Sport Med are held in the highest standards of accomplishments in Sport & Exercise Medicine.
It is the required certification for applications to national and international sport events as a team physician, as well as to many NSOs as a member of their medical team. The examination is a multi-stage OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation) administered annually through the Credentials Committee. Physicians who possess the Diploma in Sport Medicine can be identified by the nominal Dip. Sport Med.