SPORTS MEDICINE FELLOWSHIP
Primary Care Sports Medicine is a dynamic and rapidly growing subspecialty in the medical profession. The practice of sports medicine is the application of the physician's knowledge, skills, and attitudes to those engaged in sport and exercise. Primary Care Sports Medicine specialists recognize the need for a unique skill set in providing care for athletic patients. The goal of our program is to provide the sports medicine fellow with the appropriate training to evaluate and optimize the athlete-patient's performance while mitigating the effects of acute and chronic disease and injury on health and performance. This program is designed to meet all of the special requirements put forth for graduated medical education training programs in primary care sports medicine. Those skills extend across a vast population of patients: pediatric athletes, high school athletes, university athletes, professional athletes, disabled athletes, geriatric athletes, and the general population of recreational community based athletes who participate in sporting activities for health and fitness.
In our program, sports medicine fellows acquire the general orthopedic and medical knowledge in addition to learning to apply osteopathic principles in the evaluation and treatment of athletic patients while working with athletic trainers, orthopedic surgeons and other providers to create a holistic, comprehensive, and team approach to the management of the patient. An evidence-based approach is used to benefit the athlete patient as well as to promote wellness and provide a supportive rehabilitative environment. Our fellows also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of clinical and biomedical research programs during the course of their fellowship year as well acquiring clinical skills in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound through participation in our designated curriculum.
Our program includes four positions at VCOM-Virginia and two positions at VCOM-Auburn. This allows us to train residents in two of the NCAA’s Power Five athletic conferences, and through this collaboration we will be able to offer all fellows extraordinary training opportunities including caring for elite Division 1 athletes at Virginia Tech, Auburn and Radford Universities and local high schools associated with our programs. Additionally, VCOM Sports Medicine fellows participate in coverage at the following events: the annual Greenbrier Classic PGA event, New Orleans Saints summer training camp, the Commonwealth Cup, and the Pulaski Yankees professional baseball team. The sports medicine fellowship at VCOM will provide the educational experiences necessary for the subspecialty fellow to achieve the cognitive knowledge, psychomotor skills, interpersonal skills, professional attitudes, and practical experience required of physicians specialized in the care of athletes. The clinical faculty will provide didactic learning as well as clinical opportunities as integral parts of the required curriculum for this program. The educational and clinical opportunities will be designed to allow the fellow to assume progressive responsibility for patient care. Fellows will be mentored and assisted in the development and completion of their respective research projects over the course of the fellowship year.