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Sports Medicine Fellowship Overview

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship has been training fellows in sports medicine since 1996. Accepting two fellows annually, we offer a 12-month accredited fellowship in primary care sports medicine to physicians who have satisfactorily completed an ACGME-accredited residency in family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine or pediatrics. Upon completion of the fellowship program, graduates are eligible to take the examination for Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine from the American Board of Family Practice.
The mission of the fellowship 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 or colleges/universities.
Throughout their advanced training, fellows work closely with primary care sports medicine physicians in a variety of settings, including the Palmetto Health-USC Family Medicine Center, USC Student Health Services and Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center practices. In addition, fellows work one-on-one with the Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center sports medicine team physicians. The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship program is closely integrated with the University of South Carolina (USC) Athletics Department. The 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. 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, fellows have increasing independence and autonomy in decision-making as the year progresses. The fellows are first-call for their team’s athletic trainers, and are actively involved in the health and wellbeing of their athletes. Fellows have the opportunity to travel with teams to tournaments, bowl games or other post-season events.
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 orthopedics 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.