Carolinas HealthCare System

Sports Medicine Fellowship Goals

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Fellowship Coordinator

Phone: 704-304-7118
Email: SMCoordinator@carolinas.org

Carolinas HealthCare System's sports medicine fellowship program provides comprehensive, immersive education and training for each of our fellows. Each fellow should have the following goals during the fellowship in order to maximize his or her medical training.

To develop competency in basic sports medicine injury patterns through a broad experience of sports medicine.

The fellow will work with:

  • Primary care sports medicine faculty
  • Sports medicine fellowship-trained orthopedists
  • Orthopedists sub-specializing in hand, foot and ankle
  • Physical therapists
  • Interventional physiatrists
  • Musculoskeletal radiologists

Fellows are scheduled to cover a wide range of individual and team sporting events.

To gain competency in sports medicine skills and procedures including physical exam skills, joint aspiration/injection and splinting.

The fellow will:

  • Have a physical exam skill tutorial at the beginning of the fellowship with the primary care sports medicine fellowship faculty.
  • Review musculoskeletal physical exam skills.
    • The fellow is observed completing these exams in the primary care sports medicine clinics.
    • The fellow is observed teaching the musculoskeletal exam to family medicine residents as well as residents and medical students from other departments.
  • Assist and perform joint injections and splinting of the extremities in the primary care sports medicine clinics with sports medicine faculty and the orthopedic faculty and orthopedic technicians.

To gain experience as a team physician.

The fellow will:

  • Work as an assistant team physician for athletic teams/events at UNC Charlotte and Johnson C. Smith University alongside the primary care sports medicine/orthopedic team physicians at those schools.
  • Work as the primary team physician for a high school football team, as well as the UNC Charlotte men’s soccer team, putting the fellow in the decision-making role that is integral to being a team physician. They will always have primary care sports medicine faculty backup during these events.

To develop a strong, practical sports medicine knowledge base through formal and informal teaching.

The fellow will:

  • Complete assigned reading in preparation for weekly meetings with the primary care sports medicine faculty for sports medicine topic discussions.
    • These include specific musculoskeletal injuries, as well as medical issues in athletes.
  • Participate in a bi-monthly sports medicine noon lecture series involving the family medicine residents and faculty.
  • Attend a yearly splinting workshop and joint injection workshop.
  • Coordinate the primary care sports medicine journal club every other month.
  • Undergo training in the sports medicine clinics by sports medicine faculty as well as orthopedic faculty.
  • Undergo training in the athletic training rooms when evaluating athletes.

To develop the administrative skills to manage the care of athletic teams, institutions and events.

The fellow will:

  • Work as an assistant team physician for both universities and is included in the medical team discussions and decisions that are frequently held in the athletic training rooms or offices with coaches, trainers and athletes.
  • Attend the multi-disciplinary athletic sports performance team meetings.
  • Be included in the coordination of mass events.

To develop teaching and presentation skills.

The fellow will:

  • Prepare a minimum of three lectures to be presented to family medicine residents and faculty during the year. The primary care sports medicine faculty provides assistance as needed and gives feedback after the presentation.
  • Be present at the primary care sports medicine journal clubs.
  • Have progressive teaching responsibility and teach residents from family medicine and other departments as well as medical students in the sports medicine clinics each week.

To develop research skills including an understanding of scientific methodology and critical analysis of medical literature.

The fellow will:

  • Participate in existing research projects as team members and attend research planning meetings. He or she can also choose to pursue the development and design of a project suitable for completion in one year.
  • Work with the sports medicine faculty and research division family medicine faculty and the research faculty from Carolinas Medical Center on study design, literature review, statistical data analysis, with the goal of producing a publishable manuscript.
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