Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship


Primary Care Sports Medicine FellowshipA dually accredited ACGME / AOA program in Primary Care Sports Medicine is offered through the division of General Academic Pediatrics / Sports Medicine. The fellowship is a combined venture of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center. As a dually accredited program, both MD and DO applicants are welcome. The fellowship is open to all graduates of either AOA or ACGME approved residencies in: Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, IM / Peds, or Family Medicine.

Osteopathic applicants who have completed an AOA approved residency and have completed board certification in their primary field will be eligible to sit for the AOA Sports Medicine CAQ upon completion of this fellowship. All allopathic applicants who have completed an ACGME approved residency and have completed board certification in their primary field will be eligible to sit for the Sports Medicine CAQ offered by their respective board upon completion of this fellowship.

The goal of this program is to educate physicians in all aspects of caring for athletes. This includes medical care both on and off the field. Exposure to athletes of all ages is provided through both pediatric-focused and adult-focused primary care sports medicine clinics. Clinical time is spent with Primary Care Sports Medicine physicians and sub-specialists in the following fields: Pediatric Orthopaedics, Sports Orthopaedics, Spine Orthopaedics, Foot and Ankle Orthopaedics, Hand Orthopaedics, Neuromuscular Medicine, Musculoskeletal Radiology, Rheumatology, Cardiology, and Rehabilitation.

As an AOA accredited program, there is extensive exposure to Neuromuscular Medicine. Both MD and DO fellows participate in Neuromuscular medicine elective clinical time. They also participate in a longitudinal hands-on skills workshop that is part of the regular didactic curriculum.

On the field sports coverage is obtained by working with high school and collegiate level teams at the NAIA, NCAA Division I, II , and III levels. Exposure to professional level football is also provided. Mass-participation event coverage of the Cleveland Triathlon, Cleveland Marathon, large scale youth soccer tournaments, and gymnastics competitions are provided. Other opportunities to cover marathons, rollerderby, bicycling events, and figure skating are frequently available.

As an academic institution, a focus on research and academic medicine is paramount. Clinical research seminars are provided, as well as quarterly Sports Medicine journal clubs. In conjunction with faculty members, all fellows initiate and complete a research project of their choice. Involvement in national level sports medicine organizations in encouraged and financially supported.

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