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Sports Medicine Fellowship FAQ's

What are the strengths of your program?

Our program began in 1992 with our first fellow graduating in 1993. We were among the first programs to be fully accredited by the ACGME and have consistently received long reaccreditation periods, most recently receiving five years in 2009.
     The Program Director, Dr. Bert Fields, is well-known both nationally and internationally in the Sports Medicine Community and is a past-president of the AMSSM. He remains very active, presenting regularly at several meeting per year. Associate Program Director, Dr. Ryan Draper has been active in the Greensboro sports medicine community since graduating from our program in 2005.  Dr. Sara Neal been Family Medicine Residency and Sports Medicine faculty for more than 15 years. All of our Primary Care Sports Medicine Faculty located in each of the participating orthopedic offices received their fellowship training at Cone Health.
     Graduates of our program feel well trained no matter where they end up practicing. We have graduates who are program directors, who work in orthopedic offices, who work in primary care offices and who practice in solo, rural settings. No matter what your final destination, we can help tailor the program to fit your ultimate needs.

How has your program done in the match?

Our program began with a single position, expanded to two positions in 1997 and has successfully matched 2 to 3 fellows yearly.   All of our fellows have been chosen through the match with the exception of additional positions sponsored by the U.S. Military.

What do you look for in an applicant?

We feel fortunate to receive many strong applications each year, but we are limited to interviewing 15 to 18 candidates, thus the strength of the application and outstanding performance in residency is very important. Specifically we look for an applicants' long-term interest in sports medicine.  This will include rotations scheduled or completed, conferences attended, time spent as a team physician and/or at mass participation events.

What previous training do you need to apply to the program?

We consider candidates who have recent, successful completion of a Family Medicine or Meds/Peds residency program. We consider candidates from Emergency, Internal Medicine and PM&R residencies if they had a strong ambulatory and sports medicine experience during training. Because of the amount of adult medicine in the Sports Medicine and Urgent Care Clinics, we consider only those graduates of Pediatric programs who have additional experience in adult medicine.

What major changes do you anticipate?

In July 2013, Dr. Ryan Draper assumes the Associate Fellowship Director position.  Dr. Fields will remain the Program Director and Dr. Sara Neal with continue to teach and see patients in her role as Family Medicine Faculty Liasion.  We anticipate expanding sports medicine coverage and patient care based on this change.

Does your program have elective opportunities?

Our medical community is very supportive of our teaching programs, thus lending itself to many elective opportunities, which can be tailored to the fellow's interest. Fellows have done additional time with hand surgeons, cardiologists, radiologists, PM&R, physical therapists, nutritionists, faculty at the kinesiology department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as intensive treadmill testing and interventional ultrasound.

How does your program incorporate technology into education?

The office is fully electronic (no paper charts), using Cone HealthLink (EPIC) for scheduling,  billing and EMR. Radiographs and other images are available electronically through the PACs system which is integrated into EPIC.  We have library services, with most journals available full text over the Web. There are a variety of technological resources.
     Additionally, Dr. Fields has done extensive training in musculoskeletal ultrasound, including recent training in Norway. This technology helps diagnostically, often making MRI unnecessary, as well as using for guided injections.

Where does fellow training take place?

Fellows' training takes place in several specific sites but primarily at The Cone Health Sports Medicine Center, an orthopedic office, the Student Health Center at UNCG and the training room of their college.

Do your residents obtain board CAQ certification?

Every fellow who has graduated from the program has successfully passed the CAQ on their first attempt.

Is Greensboro a good place to live?

Greensboro is a city of 257,997 people. It is nestled between the Appalachian mountains and the Atlantic coast, in a region of gently rolling terrain called the Piedmont. With lengthy fall and spring seasons and generally mild winters, outdoor activities are popular among residents.
     The city has several colleges and universities, including the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Bennett College and Elon University - all within 20 minutes of the Moses Cone Hospital campus.
     The cost of living is at the national average. The Guilford County Schools are well regarded. Most children of the residents and faculty attend public schools. Because Greensboro is such an attractive city, we have been able to recruit residents from all parts of the country. Most of them choose to stay in North Carolina once they graduate because it is such a great place to live.