Collaborating Centres of Sports Medicine
The FIMS Collaborating Centres of Sports Medicine (FIMS-CCSM) will facilitate regional and national educational, developmental and research networks to promote best practice sport medicine principles for athlete care and active living on an international basis.
- To promote an international FIMS standard of Sports Medicine in clinical care and research through knowledge transfer and exchange.
- To develop and deliver accessible FIMS educational courses (Team Physician Course, Advanced Team Physician Course, Instructor Course, Rehabilitation, Emergency Courses and others) on a regular basis to sport medicine professionals.
- To promote a model that supports developing countries and early career professionals for advancement of sport medicine best practices through peer coaching of team physicians.
- To engage an international network of FIMS members in collaborative research efforts that promote evidence-based sport medicine.
- To promote the membership and active participation in the FIMS.
Who may apply?
Applications are invited from institutions / organizations with demonstrated leadership in sport medicine locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and active collaborations in clinical work, education and research with a stress on developing.
The applicant key contact must currently be a FIMS member in good standing and supported by their FIMS member organization (National Sports Medicine Organization).
A FIMS member organization can support more than one application at a time and/or a shared application of different centres. All centres must be supported by only the National FIMS member organization. A country may have more than one FIMS-CCSM.
How to apply?
FIMS invites applications to become a FIMS-CCSM at any time. The following review and decision deadlines apply:
- Evaluation of submitted applications by Review Committee July-August
- Recommendation to FIMS Executive Committee first week of September
- Decision by FIMS Executive Committee at autumn meeting
- Information of applicants November
- Announcement on FIMS website December
- Designation is awarded for four years after which a reapplication may be submitted.
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Intent of Agreement - Benefits to and Responsibilities of FIMS Collaborating Centres of Sports Medicine:
Through the process of application, and if successful in being awarded a designated Collaborating Centre status, your centre will consent to the following:
- Designation as a FIMS-CCSM including posting of approved FIMS signage, use of approved FIMS logo and compliance with FIMS contract for collaborating centres. The designation will be for a term of 4 years with a possibility for reapplication thereafter.
- Partner or lead in the delivery of FIMS Educational Courses to your national, regional, continental and / or international FIMS members with the organizational support of the FIMS Education Committee. These courses include the Team Physician Course, Advanced Team Physician Course, Emergency Medicine Course, Rehabilitation Course or others.
- Network development with all FIMS-CCSM through communications, meetings, timely responses to discussions and surveys and posting of your centres key activities on the FIMS website. There will be a bi-annual FIMS CCSM meeting held in conjunction with FIMS World congresses where each Centre will have a mandatory attendance requirement. Funding of travel- and accomodation expenses for the meeting lies within the responsibility of the designated FIMS-CCSM.
In addition, it is highly recommended that all designated Centres support the attendance of five delegates at the World FIMS Congresses which are held every two years.
- Opportunity for involvement in FIMS Projects may be requested, sponsored, facilitated and supported by the global efforts of FIMS. It is a major task of the FIMS-CCSM to take a leadership role in mentoring less developed FIMS country members through support of Travelling Fellowships and Visiting Scholarships.
- Support of the national Sports Medicine Organisation to increase the numbers in the FIMS-block-membership.
- It is understood that FIMS-CCSM will promote members to be actively contributing to FIMS educational activities through attainment of FIMS Fellowship and FIMS Instructor Status
- Support to develop and implement a peer coaching model applicable to developing countries and early career professionals for advancement of sport medicine best practices
- Maintain the FIMS-CCSM standards as a leader in sport medicine and a member of FIMS.
- Promotion and support of FIMS projects, positions papers, congresses and educational courses and products.
- Contribute to the ongoing development of the FIMS-CCSM system through relationship building in knowledge transfer and exchange in mentoring and peer opportunities.
- The right and the opportunity (in cooperation with two other FIMS CCSM) to submit a proposal for a special symposium to be included in the programme of the biannual FIMS World Congress.
- Payment of a FIMS licensing fee of 1000 CHF per year.