The first step for a new graduate doctor in working towards applying to the ACSEP Training Program, is completing a minimum of three full time equivalent years of "Foundation Training".  Foundation Training occurs once the doctor has graduated from their undergraduate medical degree and then works within the medical industry for at least three years (also known as PGY1, PGY2 and PGY3).

Unlike other Colleges that run specific Foundation Training program, ACSEP allows the graduate to determine their own Foundation Training Pathway within the general medical and surgical fields.


what should foundation training consist of?

At least two of the three years must have been in full-time, supervised positions in recognised teaching hospitals.

During Foundation Training the applicant is recommended to spend time in the following posts:

  • General medical unit
  • Accident and Emergency Unit
  • An orthopaedic service dealing mainly in sports medicine related orthopaedics or trauma.

While some Applicants choose to undertake other study to further their own knowledge/experiences, such as a Masters or a PhD, the College does not mandate other course completions as part of the Application process.  Furthermore, the College does not place preference on any particular MBBS degree, as long as it comes from a recognised institution.


What else should happen during these 3 (or more) years?

It is highly recommended that intending applicants demonstrate a commitment to a career in Sport and Exercise Medicine - what you do during these years goes into your CV and influences your success rate in getting into the ACSEP Training Program.

Ideally you should demonstrate your interest in SEM via scholarship, leadership and/or involvement within a range of SEM activities.  This could be in the form of team or event medical coverage, attendance at the ACSEP Conference or other SEM conferences, completion of sports medicine qualifications or courses (such as ACSEP's award winning Modules, hosted by our SEM Academy page, which also offers access to three free modules), research and sitting in with ACSEP Fellows.

Interested applicants may also request to attend one of ACSEP weekly registrar tutorials. These run every Friday from 10.30am-12.30pm AEST. >80% are online via Zoom, with a session every 4-5 weeks being held face to face in major cities or regions. If you would like to attend a registrar tutorial, please email to organise. 

You may also wish to consider becoming a Student Member or Associate Member of the College.


what's next?

The next step in the Application Process is to apply to sit the Entrance Examination

You are eligible to sit the Entrance Exam anytime during your Foundation Training years, but can only submit your CV in your 3rd (or later) Foundation Training year.