UPMC Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program

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After a period of orientation, the fellows’ diverse clinical experience is complimented by weekly didactic time that includes sports medicine and orthopedic grand rounds, specialty lectures, and case presentations and reviews. Monthly journal clubs and dedicated research time round out the educational experience. Additionally, fellows participate in anatomy lab instruction, radiology conferences, and research seminars. They take an active role in teaching medical students and residents and are expected to participate in local and national sports medicine conferences.

The first few weeks of fellowship provide an intense review of physical exam skills, radiology, and key topics including pre-participation evaluation, on-field emergencies, casting, hydration, heat illness, and concussion.

Sports Medicine Grand Rounds
Director: Christopher Harner, MD
Fellows from both Primary Care Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Sports Medicine present cases for review and discussion. Occasionally, visiting professors provide lectures on current, cutting edge, topics in sports medicine and orthopedics. Senior faculty from both programs are in attendance.

Orthopedic Grand Rounds
Director: Freddie Fu, MD
Chair, Department of Orthopedics

Core Lecture Series
Weekly lectures on medical and musculoskeletal topics are given by the Primary Care Sports Medicine faculty, orthopedists, and ancillary medical staff. The fellows are expected to give two lectures yearly.

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Resident and Medical Student Tutorial
Every week, a one-hour seminar reviewing the basic musculoskeletal examination is given to medical students and residents in family medicine. Initially, these sessions are taught by the faculty and observed by the fellows. Over time the fellows transition out of the student role and assume the responsibility for teaching the exam sessions. Feedback and support are provided by the faculty so that the fellow may continually develop their style and comfort with teaching throughout the year.

Case Presentations and Topic Reviews
Cases and topics are discussed routinely, often with the aid of digital radiography that is available throughout UPMC. The focus is on diagnosis, management, and return to play. These complement the core lectures and serve to provide a comprehensive exposure to medical and musculoskeletal issues seen in the athletic population.

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Complimentary Academic Experiences

Journal Club
Monthly journal club is run by the fellows in both primary care sports medicine and sports orthopedics. It is attended by faculty from both disciplines as well as physical therapy and research faculty.

Fellows participate in the AMSSM research seminar each year. They have the opportunity to participate in a local research conference series and have time each month dedicated to working on a research project of their choice.

National Meetings
The fellows are encouraged to submit research and/or cases to for presentation at the National Meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and the National Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Faculty Development Lecture Series
Fellows participate in the Faculty Development Fellowship based at UPMC St. Margaret. This provides valuable education in areas such as; instructional design, precepting skills, literature review, and research methodology.

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