The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program is a one-year ACGME accredited fellowship program sponsored by the Department of Family and Community Medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center. The Sports Medicine Fellowship is primarily a one-on-one learning experience. The program has six longitudinal block rotations allowing for both continuity as well as diversity. During each rotation, the fellow will gain experiences in sports medicine, orthopedics, high school athletics, division I athletics and primary care. Each fellow also will have required experiences with sports ultrasound, sports radiology, division III athletics and pediatric sports medicine. Furthermore, academic endeavors are expected and supported through national and local conferences, individual mentoring and local workshops. The aim is for the fellows to achieve the milestones outlined by ACGME for Sports Medicine based on the program requirements.

Sports Ultrasound

Becoming proficient in sports ultrasound technology is one component of this program. You will have a dedicated ultrasound curriculum lead by faculty trained in sports ultrasound.  Through this curriculum and longitudinally through the year you will learn the terminology and basic physics of musculoskeletal ultrasound, and understand appropriate applications as both a diagnostic tool and with interventional procedures. You’ll learn how to perform basic ultrasound exams of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, hip and foot; and you will gain understanding of the coding and billing used for sports ultrasound. You will get adequate scanning time throughout the year and will have met the requirements to be a basic musculoskeletal ultrasound operator upon completion of your fellowship.

Event and Training Room Coverage

Fellows will have a variety of opportunities with both event and training room coverage. You will work directly with NCAA Division I athletes at The Ohio State University as well as Division III athletes at Capital University. All university training rooms and event coverage will have an attending assigned for teaching and supervision. Throughout the year you’ll have progressive independence and responsibility for management decisions. Fellows will also work with athletes at the high school level, to learn to care for and manage medical illnesses and orthopedic injuries in the athletic setting.

Fellows will provide medical care for Pelotonia, a large cycling event, and Special Olympics Summer Games, providing experience in large scale, mass participation events. Additional opportunities are available through our Endurance Medicine program.

Additional Training Requirements

  • Weekly teaching conferences are required and consist of in-depth review of sports medicine topics as well as evidence-based reviews of teaching points associated with clinical cases. The primary care sports medicine faculty and the fellows all attend and participate in these conferences. 
  • Journal club sessions are required experiences throughout the year. The goal of the journal club is to become able to critically analyze medical literature for its quality, strength of evidence and impact on practice.  
  • National conferences are educationally valuable and are a required portion of your fellowship. Each fellow is required to submit a case for presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) national meeting and attend one of the conferences. 
  • Each fellow will be required to complete scholarly activity on a topic of choice with program director approval. This could be a systematic review or a planned research project. The project will be presented at the research conference in the spring. Submission for publication in a national journal is also an expectation. Fellows will also be asked to contribute to other publication opportunities as they arise.
  • National speakers are brought in periodically through the year for system-wide grand rounds. There are also many symposium hosted for varying topics such as endurance medicine and concussion. This is an excellent opportunity to see the latest treatment and research from across the country. Fellows are expected to attend these events.
  • Fellows will have a half day required continuity clinic in their primary specialty as well as a half day continuity sports medicine clinic where they will have their own schedule.