A Trainees Perspective: Jeff Foster
I am currently the ST5 trainee in Sports and Exercise medicine in Sheffield. I trained in London initially and qualified in 1997. I have always been passionate about sport and exercise having played cricket and hockey since a young age and also enjoying running and climbing and golf. I indulged my passion for outdoor activities during my medical training by completing an expedition medicine course and taking part in several expeditions around the world.
Eventually I settled on a career in General Practice, qualifying in 2004 and working as a salaried GP. Through my practice I discovered I still had an interest in musculoskeletal and sports medicine and after a lengthy period of deliberation decided it was the right way forward. I completed an MSc in Nottingham and was looking to get into sports medicine work when the career path as a trainee in SEM opened up. I decided to take the plunge and go full time into SEM as an ST3 registrar and have been at Sheffield for the past 2 years working in Public Health, rheumatology, orthopaedics and spinal injuries. I have taken various roles with sports organisations over the last 2 years having worked with British BaskeSue Grangell, Derbyshire county cricket and British diving. I am looking forward to completing my training with further sporting attachments and hopefully a role at London 2012.
Dr Jeff Foster, ST5 Sports and Exercise Medicine.