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Sports Medicine Fellowship Overview


Our ACGME accredited fellowship program has been training primary care sports medicine physicians since 1996. The mission of this program is to graduate fellows with advanced knowledge and expertise in the field of primary care sports medicine, including musculoskeletal ultrasound. Our fellows are well prepared to practice in the setting of their choice after graduation and are comfortable serving as a referral source for their primary care colleagues as well as providing training room and sideline support to local high schools, colleges, and universities. The strengths of our program include:
· Event coverage
· Procedural and ultrasound opportunities
· Teaching opportunities
· Diverse core faculty committed to fellow education

Event coverage
Cocky on the fieldThe Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship program is closely integrated with the University of South Carolina Athletics Department. USC hosts a Division 1-A intercollegiate athletic program, including eleven women's and eight men's intercollegiate varsity athletic sports competing in the Southeastern Conference. As team physicians for USC athletics, the fellows are first-call for their team’s athletic trainers and are actively involved in the health and wellbeing of their athletes. Fellows earn increasing independence and autonomy in decision-making as the fellowship year progresses and have the opportunity to travel with teams to tournaments, bowl games or other post-season events.

Colonial CenterThe Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center sports medicine team is the largest provider of sports medicine services in the Midlands. They serve as the official team physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists for USC athletes, the Columbia City Ballet and more than 60 other schools and organizations in the state. The primary care sports medicine fellows have the opportunity to work with this group providing sideline coverage at the high school, collegiate and professional levels as well as at community mass events.

Procedural and ultrasound opportunities
The fellowship builds on the strength of the point-of-care ultrasound curriculum at the University of South Carolina which was started in 2006. Diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound is utilized in the Family Medicine Center, USC Student Health Services and in the orthopedic clinical settings. Fellows not only have the opportunity to improve their own musculoskeletal ultrasound skills but also to teach other learners throughout the course of their fellowship.

While in clinic, the fellows have ample opportunity to gain experience with a variety of sports medicine procedures in addition to MSK ultrasound.

Teaching
The sports medicine fellows teach a variety of learners in a diversity of settings, including professional level athletic training students in their general medicine classes, fourth year medical students on their sports medicine electives, Family Medicine residents on their MSK rotations, as well as their peers and faculty in the fellowship’s weekly didactic sessions. Fellows graduate with a collection of presentations that they can build on and update in their future careers.

Diverse core faculty committed to fellow education
Throughout their training, the fellows work closely with our primary care sports medicine faculty in a variety of settings, including the Prisma Health-USC Family Medicine Center, University of South Carolina Student Health Services and Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center practices. Fellows work one-on-one with the Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center sports medicine orthopedists and their specialty colleagues. Our program’s strong ties with other departments ensure that fellows receive a well-rounded education in primary care sports medicine.