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Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM)

The PGY-3 Sport and Exercise Medicine Program at McMaster University offers candidates a focused and comprehensive educational year to prepare candidates for a career that includes Sport and Exercise Medicine as part of their practice. The program offers a wide range of educational experiences with a large focus on Sport and Exercise Medicine clinics, field and event coverage opportunities, elective opportunities in disciplines relating to SEM, support for interest in research and scholarly pursuits, teaching of fellow residents and learners, and skills development in educational presentations.


The goals and objective of the Program align with the CFPC Priority Topics and Key Features for assessment of competence in Sport and Exercise Medicine. The Program curriculum is competence based and designed to allow residents a significant broad exposure to as much of the Priority topics as possible. For areas that are difficult to gain exposure to, the Program provides additional learning opportunities, such as Sport Medicine Rounds topics and presentations. Resident are expected to present and participate in local and National educational rounds and be involved in teaching family medicine residents, when possible. Residents are also expected to participate in event and field coverage for some varsity athletics at McMaster University. Other event and field coverage opportunities are available throughout the year for added learning experiences.

Upon successful completion of the 12-month Program, residents will qualify to be awarded a Certificate of Added Competence (CAC) from the CFPC. In addition, successful completion will qualify candidates to sit the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine “Diploma in Sport & Exercise Medicine” examination.

Further information regarding the CAC from the CFPC can be found at: and information on the Diploma in Sport Medicine can be found at the CASEM website at

It is recommended that applicants possess current certification in ACLS and ATLS.

Resident spot per year: 1-2


Sample 6-month Schedule:

Sports Medicine


Sports Medicine

Grand River Hospital – KW

Orthopedic Surgery

McMaster University Medical Centre



Sports Medicine

David Braley Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine


Typical Core Curriculum:

Primary Care Sports Medicine Clinics

  • Ten months full-time experience in an approved sports medicine clinic
  • Candidates will be supervised by a Dip. Sport Med physician during these rotations

Orthopedic Surgery

  • One month clinical rotation in orthopedic surgery
  • Radiology
    • Candidates will be expected to participate in a horizontal elective in radiology


  • One month opportunity for elective rotation in approved clinical setting (ie. Rheumatology, physiatry, cardiac rehabilitation, etc)
  • Field Coverage
    • Candidates will be expected to provide field coverage for at least one varsity team at McMaster University during their training. Opportunities to participate in coverage of other sport teams and events will also be available.

Education Involvement Expected of Residents:

Monthly Sports Medicine Grand Rounds

  • Candidates are expected to participate at all rounds
  • Family Medicine / Medical Student Teaching
    • Candidates are expected to provide teaching to medical students and family medicine residents on a formal or informal basis


  • Candidates are encouraged to participate in a relevant research project during the year however it is not mandatory


Program Director: Dr. Wade Elliott

For further program details please contact: Connie Shen