It is an experience for graduates of accredited residencies in family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine or emergency medicine. The program is one year of concentrated training and education in the area of sports medicine, with a primary care as the emphasis. We accept three fellows each year. The fellowship has three integrated areas of education opportunities.
Approximately 50 percent of the fellow’s time is spent in direct patient care within the context of sports medicine: managing a sports medicine referral clinic; running an acute sports medicine injury clinic, attending specialty clinics in Orthopedics; and acting as the team physician for a local high school and college. Approximately 20 percent of the time is devoted to the fellow’s own continuity clinic maintaining his/her own identity as a primary care physician. The rest of the time will be spent on research activities, educational opportunities, and teaching responsibilities. The year of fellowship training allows an individual who wishes extra training in sports medicine to further extend their skills and knowledge, while remaining committed to the principles of primary care and family medicine.
Goals & Objectives
The goal of the Kaiser Permanente Fellowship Program is to train primary care physicians in the care of active and athletic patients of all ages and levels, for injuries, illnesses, and other problems related to athletic activity. This includes treatment of medical conditions and injuries, not only arising from athletic endeavors, but that interfere with these activities. Prevention of injuries, illness, and diseases is also taught. The fellows are trained in exercise prescription and its relationship to health.
Much of this training occurs in the Sports Medicine Clinic via one-on-one teaching by the Sports Medicine Faculty. Fellows see and present patients to the faculty present in the clinic. Primary Sports medicine faculty are available at all clinics. Fellows work with orthopedic sports medicine consultants in sports medicine clinics and in orthopedic clinics.
Fellows are required to complete a research project during the year. This is supervised by the faculty with funding available from the Kaiser Regional Research Fund. In house support in terms of study design, biostatistics, and manuscript editing is available to help fellows complete their project.
Clinical Experiences & Rotations
Rotations are available in Radiology, Preventive Medicine/Nutrition, Cardiology/Exercise Testing, and Podiatry. Time is set aside in each schedule to allow the resident to participate in these rotations. There is also continued experience in each of these areas.
During Preventive Medicine/Nutrition, the fellow works in a Kaiser Permanente Clinic with an exercise physiologist providing nutritional and exercise counseling to patients.
A radiology rotation is available with radiologists at Kaiser Permanente. Clinically relevant radiology is taught in the sports medicine clinics with the sports medicine faculty and orthopedic surgeons. The fellows review plain radiography, CT, nuclear studies, and MRI on individual patients at each Sports Medicine Clinic.
Podiatry is taught by podiatrists in the Orthopedic Department. Fellows become familiar with common foot and ankle problems and their treatment Additional time is available during the orthopedic rotation.
The Fellow supervises treadmills with trained nurse clinicians in the Cardiology Department. Discussion of Sports Medicine Cardiology concerns is always available with board certified cardiologists.
A great deal of time learning Sports Medicine is done on the sidelines and in the training room. The schools chosen for fellows assignment are carefully selected from the large number of schools in the area. Each fellow is designated team physician at a high school and college under the guidance of faculty members.
The primary care background of residents is also honed during the year. Fellows participate in one or two continuity clinics per week. They share a panel of patients with faculty so they may serve as the primary caregivers. Daily family medicine resident conferences are open to the Fellows.
Fellows actively participate in teaching medical students and residents in clinics and on the sidelines.
Program Director: Aaron Rubin MD, ABFP, FAAFP, FACSM
Kaiser Permanente (KP) is a unique organization that represents an integrated bond between Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, the insurer, and Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG), the deliverer of health care.The Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) boasts 70 years of experience in delivering high-quality, innovative health care. With sub-specialists in virtually every... area of medical and surgical practice, SCPMG is home to more than 6,500 physicians serving 4 million members. Our medical group and Kaiser Permanente's integrated health care model are the foundation for providing patients with award-winning health care. SCPMG's chronic disease management programs and electronic medical record system, Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect, also support our clinical excellence, service and innovation. SCPMG prides itself on attracting outstanding physicians. We offer them an opportunity to have sustained, fulfilling careers in their practices and they enjoy the benefits of a large, stable medical group. We also offer opportunities for physicians to broaden their skills, participate in the governance of our Medical Group, and for some, take on additional clinical or administrative activities.