The PM&R sports medicine fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine offers excellent learning opportunities at a tertiary care university setting. This is coupled with all the resources of a world renowned orthopedic surgery department. The fellow works directly with physiatrists and interacts in the clinical and didactic setting with multiple specialists including orthopedic surgeons, radiologists, and physical therapists. The fellow will have extensive exposure to the clinical management of a variety of musculoskeletal disorders involving both spine and peripheral joints. There is a walk-in orthopedic injury clinic to increase exposure to acute injuries including fractures. There is a continuity clinic where the fellows can treat patients autonomously, with attending physicians available as backup. There will be numerous opportunities for sports team and events coverage.
The educational curriculum includes weekly journal club didactics with PM&R faculty, weekly sports medicine conference with the orthopedic sports medicine service, and journal clubs with physical therapists on a quarterly basis. The fellow will also attend joint conferences held with spine surgery and shoulder/elbow surgery. A stipend is provided for attendance of conferences o courses based on fellow's interests and research presentations. In the past, fellows have attended events such as the annual AAPM&R conference, Washington University physical therapy course, NASS lumbar injection course, AMSSM advanced team physician course, etc. Collaborative research opportunities are abundant and participation is encouraged. For example, Washington University Orthopedics has a multidisciplinary research group focusing on adolescent and young adult hip disorders.
Procedures Taught: There will be extensive opportunities to learn and perform fluoroscopic guided lumbar spine and peripheral joint injections. There will be chances to learn various ultrasound guided injections, and also diagnostic ultrasound. The fellow is also expected to perform nerve conduction studies and electromyography, with the chance to refine these skills.
Director: Chi-Tsai Tang, MD
About Washington University School of Medicine
Currently ranked among the top five medical schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Washington University School of Medicine is the most selective in terms of student quality. The School's faculty members are the staff physicians at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, The Rehabilitaton Institute of St. Louis, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. These hospitals, perennially recognized for excellence in patient care, also provide a superb atmosphere for training students, residents and fellows. Washington University also operates the nation's largest medical scientist training program, a combined M.D./Ph.D. program dedicated to educating the next generation of physician-scientists.