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Dr Stuart Miller
Dr Stuart Miller is the first specialist in Sport & Exercise Medicine in the UK to be formally recognised by the FSEM

Press Release - 24 November 2008

UK’s first formally recognised specialist in Sport and Exercise Medicine is announced

Dr Stuart Miller, Clinical Director of the MSc in Sport & Exercise Medicine in the School for Health at the University of Bath, has achieved Specialist Recognition following an endorsement by the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine (FSEM).

The FSEM board members ask for in-depth evidence and case-studies of all aspects of an individual’s work and experience to approve them as a specialist. Having worked on his application since July 07, with a few revisions along the way, Dr Miller is thrilled to at last be formally recognised as a specialist in SEM.

The news that his application had been successful was announced as he was working on some of the data he had collected in Beijing as Paralympic doctor. This outstanding achievement means Dr Miller is the first in the UK to achieve this accolade through the rigorous consultant recognition process set in place by the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB).

“It has been a really hard slog with over 600 pages of evidence to write up and there remains a lot to be done in the process of recognising those already working in the field as I am currently the only one past the post” says Dr Miller, adding: “I very much hope that many of my colleagues will soon join me.”

Dr Miller admits his many jobs, positions and projects all surmount to having the dream job: “My passions of teaching combined with sports medicine have allowed me to work with some incredible people in developing the practice of Sports Medicine.”

Already a doctor to the English Institute of Sport, also based at the University of Bath; the Chief Medical Officer for the Paralympics team; NHS lead Physician for a community sport and orthopaedic clinic Dr Miller also runs his own private sports clinic.

“Stuart truly deserves this, and his hard work has paid off,” says Mike England, Rugby Football Union Community Rugby Medical Director and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University’s School for Health.

“As a friend and colleague, I couldn’t be more pleased for him. He is one of the few sports physicians who works across the whole spectrum of SEM and is exactly the sort of person we want leading the speciality.

“His roles in the Bath course, the British Paralympic Association, and his local NHS Trusts are excellent examples of his dedication to the speciality and why he has been successful.”

Sports Medicine was recognised nationally in the UK in 2005 as a specialist subject worthy of status and attention. The MSc in Sport & Exercise Medicine underwent a major redevelopment in 2004 by a team within the School, including Dr Miller, who converted the course into an e-learning format, becoming the first full programme offered by the University on the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment. The MSc at Bath is the largest programme in Sport & Exercise Medicine in the world, and currently has over 450 qualified doctors as students.

Over the past two years, the strength and demand for the course has attracted large numbers of UK and international students, from countries such as Hong Kong, Australia, Nigeria, Antigua, Ecuador, South Africa and elsewhere.

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