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The launch of the new Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine jointly by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland on Tuesday 19 November 2002 should not go unheralded. The first dean of the new faculty is Dr Michael G Molloy of Cork and rugby football fame. This is a highly significant event in the advancement of the discipline of sports medicine in these islands.
The development of any discipline has been shown to have four separate functions defined by McWhinney:1
A unique field of action
A defined body of knowledge
An active research programme
A rigorous training programme
Denis Pereira Gray2 added to these four functions an important codicil, “In the development of any discipline, the literature is the key”.
Because the British Journal of Sports Medicine has an international editorial board, which includes Professor Moira O’Brien of Trinity College Dublin amongst its ranks, it would seem appropriate that its editor should open a line of communication with this new faculty to unlock any obstruction in the path of this fledgling.
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