Sports Medicine Curriculum

All fellows spend three to four days per week in primary care sports medicine clinics. Regardless of your primary specialty (family medicine, internal medicine or pediatrics) this time is divided between family medicine and pediatric sports medicine focused clinics. Fellows with a family or internal medicine background typically have more clinic time with the family medicine-based sports physicians, whereas pediatric fellows typically have more clinic time with the pediatric-based sports physicians. These clinics allow one-on-one fellow education with a sports medicine attending physician. This allows individuals to round out their education with exposure to athletes of all ages and skill level. Our clinics routinely attract recreational youth athletes, individuals involved in high level club sports, weekend warriors, as well as collegiate and professional level athletes for their comprehensive care. Musculoskeletal injuries, including fractures and sports-related concussion, are the focus of these clinics.

Our primary care sports medicine clinics offer a unique opportunity to gain exposure to procedures. Bedside musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound is often utilized for both diagnostic and procedural skills. Large joint injections of hips, knees, and shoulders are common place within the sports medicine clinic setting. Soft tissue injections of trigger points, tendon sheaths, and bursa are also frequently performed. Tenex is also taught. We provide fracture care and fellows learn the appropriate evaluation of fractures, management, surgical referral indications, and splinting/casting techniques. Osteopathic manipulation is performed within the sports medicine clinics by our osteopathic sports medicine physicians. All fellows are introduced to these skills, but those within the osteopathic track will have more sports medicine clinic time with the osteopathic physicians.

All fellows spend one half day per week or have an evening clinic in a collegiate training room. This experience allows fellows to build autonomy and gain exposure to providing athlete care within the training room setting.

Monthly subspecialty rotations include one to two days per week in clinical experiences that are central to primary care sports medicine. All fellows spend three months in orthopedic sports medicine, and one month each in: orthopedic shoulder, hip, hand, spine and pediatric rotations. Fellows rotate through several physical therapy and rehabilitation offices to gain exposure to common rehab techniques, active release, dry needling, gait analysis and concussion/vestibular rehabilitation. Clinical experiences in MSK radiology, exercise stress testing, sports nutrition and neuropsychology testing for concussion patients is also provided. One additional month long rotation is at the discretion of the fellow. Optional sub-specialties include physical medicine and rehabilitation, rheumatology, foot and ankle orthopedics, podiatry or research.

Primary care clinics are one half-day/week on average and are based in suburban sites. This experience allows all fellows to maintain their skills in their primary field while working one-on-one with a primary care doctor.