What is the OMA Section on Sport and Exercise Medicine?

The section aims to promote sport and exercise medicine within Ontario and to help foster the development of physicians and allied health. They are involving in organizing the annual provincial sport and exercise medicine conference Sport Med. They also act as a liaison with other sport and exercise medicine organizations as well as the OMA Board of Directors. Any member of the OMA with an interest in sport and exercise medicine is able to join the section.

For Patients

You will find information and tips for common sport medicine problems as well as links and resources for accessing a Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician in your area.

For Physicians

You will find resources for referring patients to Sport & Exercise Medicine Physicians as well as information regarding SEM services, billing FAQs, and educational opportunities.

For Members

Members of the OMA Section of Sport & Exercise Medicine may log in to the ‘members only’ section to access the latest news from the Section Executive as well as minutes from past meetings, negotiations updates and other hot topics. In order to become a member, you must be a registered member of the OMA and then you can register under our “Member Sign In”. If you have any comments, or suggestions please click here to email us.

What Is A Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician?

Sport and Exercise Medicine physicians have specialized training and skills 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. Many have completed further professional training, in the form of a Sport Medicine Fellowship and/or an additional university degree (Master’s or PhD level) in a related discipline such as sport medicine, exercise science etc...

To read more you will need to download a PDF of the brochure “What is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician?”

Sport and Exercise Medicine is not just for elite athletes – it’s for EVERYONE! Speak to your physician about seeing a sport and exercise medicine specialist.

Who are the current members of the OMA Executive?

Section Chair

Jack Ceaser


Andrea Moldes

Tariff Chair

Tatiana Jevremovic

Program Chair

Lindsay Bradley

Secretary Treasurer

Lee Schofield

Members at Large

Amandev Aulakh Janet McMordie Taryn Taylor

Resident Representative

Alessandro Francella

Student Representative

Alexandra Kilian

Dr. Forrest Caldwell

This week we lost our friend and colleague Forrest Caldwell. Words cannot express how much we will miss him. For many and us and personally for me it's been a sad and bittersweet week. I'm sad but also feel so fortunate and blessed to remember seeing Forrest at the annual CASEM conference starting in the late 1980s and then feeling so fortunate that Forrest welcomed me to Waterloo in 1995 to join Waterloo Sports Medicine Centre.

Many people in our CASEM family may not realize how important Forrest was in terms of his contributions and commitment to sports medicine care in Canada. In the early 1980s when he moved to Kitchener Waterloo after his family medicine residency in Ottawa he started working at student health at the University of Waterloo. He and the head athletic therapist at the time set up an informal on-campus "varsity injuries" clinic for the athletes, working out of what was literally the dusty back hallway behind the gymnasium. Very quickly word got out that a sports medicine doctor was around and athletes from the community and parents of school-aged athletes would try to "sneak" into the "varsity clinic" to see Forrest.

Eventually Forrest, who was unable to accommodate these community athletes, really felt that they deserved his care and attention as much as, or even more so than the university student athletes. So he had this idea to create a clinic close to, but away from the universities to really provide good quality primary care sports medicine for the competitive and recreational, young and old "weekend warrior". In addition, he wanted the clinic close to both universities so that all the student athletes and faculty and staff also had convenient access to the clinic.

Thus Waterloo Sports Medicine Centre opened its doors as a truly community based primary care sports medicine facility 32 years ago in 1986 - a time when most of the few dedicated sports medicine clinics in Canada were located either within a University athletic therapy clinic, or within a hospital orthopaedic or physiotherapy department. Forrest and Janet Ames worked hard in the late 1980s to really establish WSM as one of the most reputable clinics around.

When I moved from London to Waterloo in 1995 a lot of people nowadays think that I helped to create WSM, not realizing it was already 9 years old when I joined! Eventually as you may know Forrest transitioned away from Waterloo to the University of Guelph where he embraced his leadership roles with the sports medicine clinic and primarily with Student Health. His constant support and presence at almost every CASEM conference for the past 30 years reflects on his loyalty and commitment to the promotion and advancement of sport medicine care in Canada. It is truly a tribute to Forrest's constant thirst for knowledge that he would really pay attention to each and every lecture and workshop presented year after year and incorporate any and all new information from the lectures, research sessions and workshops into his clinical practice.

I'm not sure how our "Forrest and Bob surprise musical performance" at the CASEM annual meeting banquet even started. That first one had to be in the early 1990s. I vaguely remember that on the Saturday afternoon -after the talks and workshops were done around 2 or 3 pm, - there was usually some type of CASEM east-west sports activity or challenge, like a 5 km road race, or hockey game etc. to fill the time before the evening gala banquet. I'm guessing there was an activity that neither Forrest and I did or were good at (probably hockey!) or got injured at (I infamously dislocated my shoulder skiing at the conference in Mount St. Anne -1990 I think..) so to kill time we wandered around the hotel and found a piano. Normally I would play piano and do sing alongs at the end of the gala, but this was not part of the "formal gala entertainment" We decided to see if we could make up some funny lyrics to a pop song and make it relevant to the conference and sneak it into the gala for a surprise performance for everyone.

Well it was obviously a hit! So year after year, it became a tradition (and actually an "expectation - -what are we going to do this year?) Coming up with an idea and lyrics and making a relevant summary to the topics presented, make it super funny, and on a few occasions "roast" the outgoing CASEM president became quite the pressure packed creative challenge for me and Forrest to literally create a song out of nothing in about 90 minutes. I'm not sure how, but the two of us always figured out something fun and memorable.

I cherish the last performance we did at CASEM Ottawa in 2015.

We did it as it was a spoof of the late night show host Jimmy Fallon's "classroom instruments" songs that were getting millions of hits on YouTube. So not only did we create the song we also set up a video camera and knew we had one and one chance only to make a live video recording of a song we just wrote and we never really practiced! Complicating matters was the mandatory involvement of the entire CASEM and Ottawa host organizing committee who had no idea what they were getting into with, I believe, absolutely no useful instructions either.

So here's that video.

-and what a fantastic way to forever cherish the memory, friendship and mentorship of our friend and colleague Forrest Caldwell.

Bob Lee
Jan 30, 2018