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Sports Medicine Fellowship: Curriculum

Key components of the schedule are as follows:

  • 3 to 4 half days in the orthopedic office.
  • 2 to 3 half days in the Sports Medicine Center.
  • 1 half day in the University/Student Health Sports Medicine Clinic.
  • 1 half day elective.
  • 1 half day Sports Medicine seminar.
  • 1 half day bi-weekly precepting at the Cone Health Family Medicine Center.
  • 1 evening per week at Urgent Care Center (5:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
  • Training Room - time depends on location.

Procedure Proficiency

Includes the preparation of orthotics, joint injections, casting, splinting and musculoskeletal ultrasound.  Elective educational experiences are available in exercise physiology, sports psychology, exercise tolerance testing and sports nutrition, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Faculty at the Family Medicine Center also assists fellows with scholarly projects, including research, case reports and complex treatment issues with athletes.

Scholarly Activity

During the course of the year, we expect each fellow to complete some form of scholarly activity with the intent of publishing. This may be a research project, a review article or a case report. The publication record of the program has been consistent, and each fellow has gained skills in writing, critical literature analysis and basic research. 

Regional sports medicine meetings are attended when they fit into the curricular objectives.

All fellows are required to submit a case for presentation to the annual AMSSM meeting. Our fellows attend at least two sports medicine conferences during the year, including the Advanced Team Physician Course, the AMSSM annual meeting and sometimes the AAFP Sports Medicine: Strategies for Treating Athletes meeting.

Teaching

Teaching is also an important component of the fellowship. Fellows present lectures to medical students and residents, precept residents in primary care clinics, and rotate with residents and medical students at the orthopedic office and UNCG sports medicine clinic. One half day per week is dedicated to sports medicine didactic teaching with Drs. Draper, Neal and Fields on sports medicine topics, cases and journal articles.

Fellows, as an elective basis, teach within the Exercise Sports Science and the Athletic Training curriculums at UNCG and Guilford College.