Those skills extend across a vast population of patients:
- Pediatric athletes
- High school athletes
- University athletes
- Professional athletes
- Disabled athletes
- Geriatric athletes
- The general population of recreational community-based athletes who participate in sporting activities for health and fitness.
In our program, sports medicine fellows acquire general orthopedic and medical knowledge in addition to learning to apply osteopathic principles in the evaluation and treatment of athletic patients. Simultaneously, working with athletic trainers, orthopedic surgeons and other providers to create a holistic, comprehensive, and team approach to the management of the patient. An evidence-based approach is used to benefit the athlete patient and promote wellness and provide a supportive rehabilitative environment. Our fellows also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of clinical and biomedical research programs during their fellowship year and acquire clinical skills in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound through participation in our designated curriculum.
Our program includes four positions at VCOM-Virginia and two positions at VCOM-Auburn. This allows us to train residents in two of the NCAA’s Power Five athletic conferences. We offer all fellows extraordinary training opportunities through this collaboration, including caring for elite Division-1 athletes at Virginia Tech, Auburn and Radford Universities and local high schools associated with our programs.
The sports medicine fellowship at VCOM will provide the educational experiences necessary for the sub-specialty fellow to achieve the cognitive knowledge, psychomotor skills, interpersonal skills, professional attitudes, and practical experience required of physicians specialized in the care of athletes. The clinical faculty will provide didactic learning and clinical opportunities as integral parts of the required curriculum for this program. The educational and clinical opportunities will be designed to allow the fellow to assume progressive responsibility for patient care. Fellows will be mentored and assisted in developing and completing their respective research projects over the course of the fellowship year.