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: orthopedics spine musculoskeletal radiology physical medicine and rehab sports nutrition physical therapy cardiology 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
About East Carolina University-Brody School of Medicine
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University (ECU) is located in Greenville, North Carolina. East Carolina University is the 3rd largest public university in North Carolina, with over 27,000 students and 6,000 faculty and staff. Greenville is a rapidly growing city of more than 84,000 persons in Pitt County (population 168,148). Located near many recreational areas, including the Atlantic Ocean, Greenville is a university town, rich in cultural activities with charm and an easy pace of life. ECU-Brody School of Medicine is affiliated with Vidant Medical Center, one of four academic medical centers in North Carolina. This 900+ bed academic medical center is a tertiary referral center and provides acute, intermediate, rehabilitation and outpatient health services to more than 1.4 million people in 29 counties.