The goal of the Sports Medicine Fellowship program at East Carolina University is to train competent physicians to deliver and coordinate the highest quality care for athletes and active individuals of all ages and abilities.
During the academic year the fellow will be trained to develop the clinical competencies needed to diagnose and manage medical illnesses and injuries related to sports and exercise. Clinical experiences will include injury prevention, pre-participation evaluation, return to play criteria, management of acute and chronic illness or injury, event coverage and rehabilitation.
Specific program highlights include:
accredited program since 2001
unopposed fellowship program in an academic environment with teaching, research and many other scholarly activities available
extensive NCAA Division I team physician experience
diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound curriculum with abundant clinical experience opportunities
participation in a faculty development curriculum with a certificate of completion awarded at the end of the Fellowship program
The educational and clinical opportunities are designed to allow the fellow to assume progressive responsibility for patient care while working with athletic trainers, orthopedic surgeons and other providers to create a comprehensive and team approach to the management of the patient. The clinical faculty are committed to providing didactic learning as well as clinical opportunities and this is viewed as an integral part of the required curriculum for this program.
Curriculum and Education
The Department of Family Medicine at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine offers a comprehensive fellowship designed to support the advanced education and training of primary care physicians in the field of sports medicine.
The fellow will work directly alongside core faculty during their longitudinal primary care sports medicine clinics located at:
community and academic based offices
university student health center
athletic training rooms
Intermixed into the longitudinal clinical education are block rotation experiences with peripheral faculty members in the disciplines of:
physical medicine and rehab
Inherent in our approach is a commitment to provide an education that supports future academically successful and active professionals in the field of primary care sports medicine. We accomplish this is by:
Incorporating a faculty development and research curriculum into our fellowship training.
A weekly academic morning sports medicine curriculum.
A monthly musculoskeletal radiology conference and sports medicine seminar series.
Support and participation in local, regional, and national sports medicine conferences.
Additional opportunities during one’s Fellowship include:
Involvement in ongoing IRB approved research projects during the academic year.
Scholarly writing for journals and/book chapters.
Additional training in advanced injection techniques including ultrasound and fluoroscopic guided injections, fracture care, custom orthotic fabrication and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment.
Team physician responsibilities including providing comprehensive care for the East Carolina University Pirates, a Division I NCAA athletics program with approximately 450 intercollegiate athletes in football, men's and women's basketball , soccer, baseball, softball, track and field, and tennis, among others.
Upon completion, the fellow will be eligible to sit for the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine (CAQSM) exam.
Program Director: Joseph Armen