Sports Medicine Fellowship

Our mission is to recruit and train the highest caliber sports medicine physicians in the country.  The purpose of a primary care sports medicine fellowship is to train primary care specialists (FM, PM&R, IM, EM, Pediatrics) in the various aspects of sports medicine and to ensure their dedication towards serving the needs of our patients with musculoskeletal concerns.  Doctors will maintain proficiency in their primary specialty as well as gain experience in managing any sort of athlete.  This term, "athlete," refers to individuals of any age who are engaged in sport, exercise, and/or physical activity at the recreational, industrial, competitive, professional, or elite level.  Fellows will be provided research and teaching programs that ensure delivery of the highest quality orthopedic, concussion, and sports medicine care to the DMV community, the nation, and the world.  We share compassion with our patients to do everything possible with excellence and care to achieve their goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Program / Curriculum

The GWU Sports Medicine Fellowship is a twelve-month ACGME Accredited sports medicine fellowship sponsored by the George Washington University Department of Emergency Medicine.  The fellowship works hand in hand with the Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

The Sports Medicine Fellowship will train the fellow to provide care to physically active people of all ages. The fellowship education is provided by emergency medicine staff with expertise in sports medicine, fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons, concussion specialists, ultrasound specialists, sports physical therapists, as well as staff from George Washington University Hospital with expertise in nutrition, strength training, and sports psychology.

Experiences are included that will focus on the evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of injuries as well as non-musculoskeletal conditions which decrease the effectiveness of the exercising individual.

Our fellowship program will emphasize many aspects of primary care sports medicine including illness and injury related to sports participation, exercise, physiology, nutrition, pharmacology, sports psychology, and ethical/medical-legal aspects of exercise and sports.

The curriculum includes approximately 90% primary care sports medicine (musculoskeletal and general medical care) and 10% Primary Specialty experience. 

The Fellow will gain experience at the high school, collegiate, and university levels with various sideline experiences in many different sports and recreational events.  They will be responsible for staffing their own high school’s training room as well as being in close contact with the school ATC.

Our graduates will be able to function as team physicians, cover mass events, and counsel their patients about regular physical activity and musculoskeletal conditions arising from physical activity.

Sports Medicine Experience

The George Washington University Hospital Sports Medicine Fellowship assists in the comprehensive medical care of the Division I NCAA student athletes at George Washington University.  The fellow is expected to cover Men’s and Women’s Basketball games and assist in other individual and team sports.  

These athletes participate in 24 NCAA sports in the Atlantic 10 Conference.  We also care for many local high schools in the area.  The Fellow will be the main point of contact for their own high school.

In a spirit of collaboration, the Fellowship works in conjunction with 4 other local Fellowship Programs in the greater Washington, DC Metro Area as part of the National Capitol Sports Medicine Consortium (NCSMC).  These include the military program, USUHS, as well as Innova Fairfax (Family Medicine based), MedStar Georgetown/Washington Hospital Center (Emergency Medicine based), and MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (PM&R based).

All fellows and Sports Medicine faculty learn and train together.  We cover several events, including the Special Olympics, Warrior Games, Marine Corps Marathon, Army 10-miler, the Rock & Roll Marathon, as well as 20 high schools, 10 colleges, and 10 professional sports teams.  Fellows also come together weekly in large group didactics, via a longitudinal Sports Ultrasound curriculum, and other sessions covering regenerative medicine with multiple cadaver/injection workshops.

Program Goals

  • To train physicians in a multidisciplinary sports medicine environment, with instructors who are up to date on recent advances in the field.
  • Manage the health of athletes of all ages and levels of participation.
  • Build personal knowledge as well as educate residents, medical students, and PT/ATC students.
  • Advance the field of sports medicine with scholarly activities, presentations, workshops, peer-reviewed articles.
  • Maintain one’s primary specialty skill set.

Duration:

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is one year in length. It starts July 1 and ends June 30, after 1 year of training.

Research Requirement:

Each Sports Medicine Fellow is required to participate in a research project during the year and/or present a clinical case at a national conference (AMSSM, ACSM).

Eligibility:

To be eligible the applicant must be board certified or be a board-eligible graduate of an ACGME-accredited residency program in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or Emergency Medicine.