The practice of Sport & Exercise Medicine is a dynamic and rapidly evolving field of medicine that involves many specialties, including Family Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation to name a few.
If you are interested in pursuing Sport & Exercise Medicine as a full- time career or part-time as part of your usual practice, information on Fellowship Opportunities can be found on the CASEM web site.
CANADIAN ACADEMY OF SPORT AND EXERCISE MEDICINE (CASEM)
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. Student membership is only $25/year, and includes access to CASEM newsletters, clinical resources, and email updates about courses and opportunities. In addition to their annual Sport Medicine symposium, CASEM runs team physician courses, and several other Sport Medicine courses. Most of these are open to students at discounted rates.
SPORTS FIRST RESPONDER COURSES
These courses are taught by an athletic therapist or physiotherapist who are very experienced in sport. You will learn how to manage emergencies in a sport event environment. Many events will ask for volunteers with this certification, or give preference to those who have it. Other participants are usually therapists and physicians with sport coverage experience, or those who are interested in event coverage, so it’s also a great networking opportunity.
OMA SPORT MEDICINE CONFERENCE
The Ontario Medical Association hosts an annual multidisciplinary conference that includes sports medicine physicians, residents, medical students, and members of our allied health professions. Each year there is a medical student and resident social event as well. There are many great opportunities to learn and network at the conference!
Be sure to check out the websites of any upcoming National or International level Games. Large scale games usually have their websites up years in advance. Some examples include: The Pan Am Games, Commonwealth Games, European Games, and Asian Games. If you're interested in a specific sport, you can check the National Sport Organization's website for upcoming events (e.g. Skate Canada, Hockey Canada). They often post volunteer opportunities and will require you to go through a selection process. Examples of volunteer support roles include: media, officialing, medicals, doping control, accreditation, etc. There are also organizations that provide coverage at a variety of large events like marathons, obstacle course races, and festivals (e.g. Odyssey Medical). Consider asking your university about your own insurance coverage for events, as injuries can happen!
If you have any ideas or suggestions about events for learners, questions, or would otherwise like to get in touch, you can email the OMA Section on Sport and Exercise Medicine resident and student reps.