Clinical Experience for Fellows
Professional coverage includes US Soccer and Spring Training for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, a Kansas City Royals Class A affiliate. Fellows participate in the athletic training room and football game coverage for at least one local college (West Chester University, Rowan University, Holy Family University) and/or high school. At all levels from professional to recreational, the fellows are involved in the athlete's pre-participation screening and in-season care, and continue to participate in the athlete's care and management in the training room/clinic, on the field, and in the operating room.
Educational conferences include biweekly fellows conferences/presentations, monthly sports medicine journal clubs, and monthly radiology conferences.
Wednesday morning academic conference is the cornerstone of the didactic curriculum. This multidisciplinary conference covers all major topics in sports medicine which address surgical techniques, non-operative sports medicine, basic sciences, MRI, rehabilitation, and event coverage. While attendings and guest speakers present some of the lectures, the orthopaedic or primary care sports medicine fellows are responsible for leading the majority of the conferences on a rotating basis. The primary responsibility of the fellow is to present a case, provide the current literature, and to facilitate discussion on the topic. This conference is attended by departmental orthopaedic and primary care sports medicine faculty, residents, medical students, radiologists, physical therapists, and athletic trainers, providing a tremendous forum for discussion.
Fellows participate in monthly surgical cadaver labs with MedStar Sports Medicine in Baltimore, MD, as well as have the opportunity to attend various industry sponsored conferences throughout the year.
Fellows also attend the annual International Sports Medicine Fellows Conference in Carlsbad, California every January.
Fellows must participate in basic and/or clinical hypothesis based research. Fellows will learn to design, implement, and interpret research studies under supervision by qualified faculty members. The program provides scheduled and protected time and facilities for research activities by fellows. Fellows are expected to complete a publishable research study by the end of the fellowship.
CLINICAL CARE COORDINATION
In cooperation with the Sports and Performance Medicine Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, fellows have a direct link to coordinate patient care with attendings and primary care and pediatric sports medicine fellows at CHOP.