Carolinas HealthCare System

Sports Medicine Fellowship Overview

Contact Information

Fellowship Coordinator

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

Exposure to sports medicine and experience with game coverage is vital to the education of the primary care sports medicine fellow. The fellow is responsible for providing team coverage for the athletes of a Charlotte-area high school, Division I university, Division II university and sometimes event coverage for the North Carolina high school state wrestling tournament.

The fellow may also choose to cover a wide variety of other sporting events (including boxing, professional lacrosse and endurance events). The fellow gains experience on the sidelines and evaluating acute injuries while following multiple sports. All coverage will be under the supervision of faculty, all of whom have extensive experience in sports medicine.

Specific coverage:

  • West Mecklenburg High School football: Fellow assumes the primary role as team physician.
  • UNC Charlotte 49ers – Division I: Solo coverage of men’s soccer (College Cup contenders in 2011) and all other varsity sports (coverage with attending physicians for football and men’s basketball). This includes weekly training room experience.
  • Johnson C. Smith University – Division II: Predominantly solo coverage of men's and women’s basketball, track (coverage of football with attending physicians). As the fellowship year progresses, the fellow accrues more responsibilities and is given more solo coverage responsibilities. Will include weekly training room experience.
  • Pre-participation physical exams for all programs.

The fellow also works with orthopedic specialists, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, sports nutritionists and radiologists.

The fellow will become proficient at multiple procedures, including:

  • Joint and soft tissue injections
  • Casting and splinting
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound

The fellow will have opportunities to develop lecture, teaching, and publication skills. At the conclusion of the fellowship the fellow will be able to sit for the Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.
The fellowship is a fully-accredited program affiliated with Carolinas HealthCare System family medicine residency and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

We accept one fellow per year through the NRMP Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Match.

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