Primary Care Sports Medicine is a dynamic and rapidly growing subspecialty within the medical profession. The practice of sports medicine is the application of the physician's knowledge, skills, and attitudes to those engaged in sport and exercise. Primary Care Sports Medicine specialists recognize the need for a unique skill set in providing care for athletic and active populations. The goal of this clinical experience is to provide the medical student or resident with the appropriate training to evaluate and optimize the athlete-patient's performance while mitigating the effects of acute and chronic disease and injury on health and performance. Those skills extend across a vast population of patients, including but not limited to pediatric athletes, high school athletes, university athletes, professional athletes, disabled athletes, geriatric athletes, and the general population who participate in sporting activities for health and fitness. Therefore, a broad-based primary care curriculum and a whole-patient approach to care is modeled, including regular incorporation of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM).
Rotations are available in the OMS4 year. In addition VCOM has a sports medicine fellowship, designed primarily for residents completing their primary care residency. This Fellowship program is designed to meet all of the special requirements put forth by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for training programs in Primary Care Sports Medicine.