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Sports Medicine Fellowship Program


OVERVIEW

Faculty and fellows of Sports Medicine within the Department of Family Medicine, in conjunction with the Department of Orthopedics, are primarily responsible for the care of athletes of both genders and of all ages who are engaged in numerous types of athletic endeavors in various degrees of competition at Ohio State.

Over 800 Division I NCAA athletes participate in 36 varsity teams at The Ohio State University. Sports medicine care is provided at practice sessions, at sporting events, and through training room supervision. As necessary, hospital care includes the wards and the surgical suites.

Sports Medicine staffs more than 8000 outpatient cases each year. The majority of these cases involve football or basketball related injuries. In order to treat these cases, fellows are exposed to the latest diagnostic and therapeutic techniques of knee surgery, rehabilitation, programs, and training procedures.

Program Structure:

The Sports Medicine Fellowship is primarily a one-on-one learning experience. This is accomplished by assigning each fellow to one of the Sports Medicine attending staff members. While with this attending, the fellow's schedule mirrors the attending staff's schedule which is time in the clinic, time in the operating room, time in the training room, and one day free to pursue research and prepare for conferences. This allows a very close exposure to the attending's thought processes regarding clinical evaluation and test ordering decision-making in the clinic, preoperative counseling and preparation for intra-operative decision making and post-operative decision making involving wound care, precautions, physical therapy, and activity progression. This exposure to the continuity-of-care for the athletic patient care is important in the fellowship program.

Research Requirement:

Each Sports Medicine Fellow is required to complete a research project during the year and to formally present it.

Accreditation:

The Sports Medicine Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.

Duration:

The Sports Medicine Fellowship is one year in length. It begins in early August and terminates in mid to late July of the following year.

Information and Application:

Applications are accepted from United States citizens who are residents in family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation between June 1 and September 30 through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). The fellowship program participates in the match program. Interviews are held in October and November for the following academic year.

If you have any questions regarding the ERAS process, please work with your current institution. If you have questions regarding Ohio State's program, please contact Samantha Primmer.

Dr. James Borchers
Director Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program