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Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP)

Specialty Area

Sport and Exercise Medicine

College Description

ACSEP is the pre-eminent professional body representing Sport and Exercise Physicians and Sport and Exercise Medicine in Australasia. ACSEP is dedicated to providing a robust training experience for its Registrars whilst advancing the skills of its members through evidence-based practice. Sport and Exercise Physicians are committed to excellence in the practice of medicine as it applies to all aspects of physical activity. Safe and effective sporting performance at all levels is a major focus. Alongside this is the increasing recognition of the importance of exercise in the prevention and treatment of common and often serious medical conditions, such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and many cancers. The goal of all Sport and Exercise Physicians should be to facilitate all members of the community to enjoy exercise safely to 100 years and beyond, knowing that physical activity provides them the ‘best buy’ to prevent chronic disease.

Fellowship Name

Fellowship of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (FRACESP)

Fellowship Description

Doctors that have graduated from our college are known as “Fellows” of ACSEP and can use the initials “FACSEP” at the end of their name and be called “Sport and Exercise Physician” (SEP). Doctors that have not graduated from our College, but have an interest in sport and exercise medicine, can only refer to themselves “Sport Doctors”.

Indigenous Entry Path

No

Location

Level 3, 257 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia

Contact Information

Overview

The ACSEP Postgraduate Sport & Exercise Medicine Specialist Training Program consists of four years full time training (minimum). The majority of our training occurs in privately owned SEM clinics or practices across Australia and New Zealand, which are managed by our own ACSEP Fellows – these Fellows become our Trainee’s core teachers and supervisors during their training.  We also emphasis on-field training within Sporting Teams and at Sporting Events.

Trainees can also expand their own learning by working within hospitals assisting within surgery or working in emergency departments.

Trainees are encouraged to foster partnerships and work alongside other health professionals, such as paramedics, radiologists, physiotherapists, podiatrists and general practitioners. The ACSEP Curriculum covers a wide range of SEM topics.

Trainees must complete a number of Training Program deliverables and assessments throughout their Training Pathway.  At the completion of the Training Program, trainees must complete Fellowship Examinations.

Pathways

Indigenous Entry Pathways Description

Not applicable.

Key Dates

Entrance Exam & CV Submission.

Placement Requirements

ACSEP Accredited Practices.

Assessment

Registrars can apply for an ACSEP Fellowship once they:

  • Have completed their 4th FTE Year on the Training Program, and
  • Have completed all Training Program tasks/deliverables/requirements, and
  • They have passed their Written & Clinical Fellowship Exams, and
  • All of their College fees have been paid in full, and
  • Do not have any medical caveats or misdemeanours placed against them.

The ACSEP Fellowship Examinations have two components

  1. Written Examination held in June, and include:
  • 120 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ);
  • 10 Short Answer Questions (SAQ).
  1. Clinical Examination held in September, and include:
  • Long Case Examination;
  • Short Case Examinations;
  • Viva Examination.

Enrolment & Fees

Other

ACSEP has a Reconciliation Action Plan which is due for review at the end of 2019.

ACSEP is part way through the development of a Cultural Competency education module that will be completed by ACSEP Fellows and Registrars during their four years of training.

Support

Indigenous Mentoring Programs, networks, support programs etc

ACSEP works with AIDA to facilitate appropriate mentoring for Registrars as they come through the training program.

ACSEP has an informal process in NZ where registrars will be appropriately partnered with Maori Fellows. ACSEP is looking into how to successfully develop this approach with our Pacifika Fellows/registrars.

College Scholarships

Three scholarships currently available, two relating to the ACSEP Scientific Conference and one to first year training (these are current scholarships available but are assessed on a year-by-year basis):

  1. Conference Scholarship – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (covers up to $5000 for flights, accommodation and registration fees)
  2. Conference Scholarship – Maori (covers registration fees)
  3. 1st Year Registrar Grant – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (covers up to $5000 for costs relating to 1st Year Training Program)
Financial Assistance

N/A

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