Five Questions with Dr. Paul Jackson — President of FSEM UK

Dr. Paul Jackson President, Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine UK

We have returned from AMSSM18 (the 27th annual meeting of AMSSM), which just wrapped in Orlando.  It is such a large and rich conference that it would be difficult to summarize the entire proceedings.

One of the highlights for sure was a session discussing the importance of ‘exercise medicine’ in our field of clinical sports medicine.  There is a debate in AMSSM, so I understand, of whether to change its name to signal that importance — a change that other societies with which we affiliate [Australasian College of Sport & Exercise Physicians (ACSEP) & the Canadian Academy of Sport & Exercise Medicine (CASEM)] have done previously.

During this session, I couldn’t help but think about another society with which we have more recently partnered:  The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK) (FSEM). It too has put the ‘exercise’ smack dab in the middle of ‘sports medicine.’

We are pleased to announce that CJSM has begun a new initiative with the FSEM (UK) members and fellows, and the journal is now freely available to them.

In the spirit of getting to know a bit more about FSEM (UK), CJSM thought a “Five Questions with the President” interview was in order.  And so I reached out to the man who currently owns that title (Dr. Paul Jackson) to find out a little bit about the history of FSEM UK,  the landscape of the sport and exercise medicine (SEM) profession in the UK,  and what the future holds for SEM both in the UK and in the wider, global SEM community.


Five Questions with CJSM

1)   CJSM:   Dr. Jackson, you are currently serving as President of the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine (FSEM) in the UK.  Can you tell our readers a little bit about FSEM – how long has it been in existence, how many members have you, what are the guiding principles of the organization?

Paul Jackson (PJ): FSEM is a UK wide body which was founded in 2006. It is an intercollegiate Faculty of the Royal College of Physician of London and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. FSEM(UK) was set up under an Act of Parliament which designates FSEM(UK) as the body responsible for training specialist in Sport and Exercise Medicine in the UK. This involves setting the curriculum for the 5 year Higher Specialist Training programme, setting a Membership Examination to test skills and knowledge and awarding Fellowships to doctors on the General Medical Council Specialist Register in Sport and Exercise Medicine. We consult with and advise Government and other bodies on areas covered by our specialty. We produce positions statements and advice on ethics in SEM (see There are three main areas of activity: Musculoskeletal Medicine, Exercise Medicine and Team Care. We currently have 236 Fellows and 270 Members and will soon open a category of membership for doctors working in other medical specialties who have an interest in SEM. Our office is based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

2) CJSM:   We were delighted to see FSEM members will now have free access to CJSM as part of their membership.  What do you see as the fruits of this relationship? 

PJ: On-line access to journals is something we have wanted to have for some time, but this has only been possible since we launched our new website with a secure members and fellows area. We are delighted that CJSM is the first journal available to our members and fellows.

3)  CJSM:   We (and 5000+ others ) follow you on Twitter. If you had to compose a 280 character tweet to describe the work FSEM does, what would it say?

PJ: “TEACH, train, support, and represent specialists in SEM in UK. INFORM other medical specialties, allied healthcare workers, Government, NHS and the public about MSK medicine, exercise medicine and team care medicine. SET STANDARDS for those working in SEM see our Professional Code”

4) CJSM:      CJSM has relationships with several other international sporting bodies – CASEM (Canada), AMSSM & AOASM (USA), ACSEP (Australia).  Does FSEM interact with these organizations?  More generally, what role do you see such organizations playing in the advancement of sport and exercise medicine (SEM) around the globe?

PJ: Representatives of FSEM(UK) have been working with a number of the organisations you mention to define a core curriculum for Sport & Exercise Medicine training which has recently been published. I expect further projects to spin off from this. I have attended a number of AMSSM meetings in the past and hope to find time to attend more overseas meetings when my term as President comes to an end.

5) CJSM: CJSM has been honored to have you serve on its Editorial Board the past 13 years.  How have you seen the journal change during that time?

PJ: CJSM has remained true to its title name in providing clinically relevant research, interesting cases and reviews of topics which are invaluable to the practicing clinician. Over it’s lifetime it has moved from an essentially North American publication to a Global Journal.


Thank you so much Dr. Jackson.

If readers would like to learn more about FSEM UK and President Jackson, they can go the FSEM UK blog — from one blogger to another:  FSEM UK does a very good job with this media!

We look forward to partnering with FSEM UK for a long time.


About sportingjim
I work at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio USA, where I am a specialist in pediatric sports medicine. My academic appointment as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics is through Ohio State University. I am a public health advocate for kids' health and safety. I am also the Deputy Editor for the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.

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