The Cone Health Sports Medicine Fellowship is a one-year ACGME accredited program, which allows primary care physicians to develop expertise in sports medicine. This is accomplished through teaching and supervision from the Cone Sports Medicine Center faculty and staff as well as affiliated community orthopedic teaching practices.
Sports medicine fellows will gain experience in sports preparticipation and wellness, treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, sideline and mass participation coverage, and treatment of chronic disease in athletes. Completion of the Fellowship allows the physician to sit for the Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.
Sports Medicine Fellowship: Curriculum
Key components of the schedule are as follows:
3 to 4 half days in the orthopedic office. 2 to 3 half days in the Sports Medicine Center. 1 half day in the University/Student Health Sports Medicine Clinic. 1 half day elective. 1 half day Sports Medicine seminar. 1 half day bi-weekly precepting at the Cone Health Family Medicine Center. 1 evening per week at Urgent Care Center (5:30 to 9:30 p.m.) Training Room - time depends on location. Procedure Proficiency Includes the preparation of orthotics, joint injections, casting, splinting and musculoskeletal ultrasound. Elective educational experiences are available in exercise physiology, sports psychology, exercise tolerance testing and sports nutrition, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Faculty at the Family Medicine Center also assists fellows with scholarly projects, including research, case reports and complex treatment issues with athletes.
Program Director: Karl B. Fields, MD, ABFP, CAQ
About Cone Health
A key experience for the primary care sports medicine fellow at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital is becoming a team physician for a local college and a high school. By assuming the primary role as team physician, the fellow gains extensive experience assisting on the sidelines and evaluating acute injuries while following multiple sports. During the course of the Fellowship, the fellow is exposed to a minimum of 2,000 encounters that involve sports injuries. This is accomplished by training the fellow in a variety of settings and under the supervision of faculty who have extensive experience in sports medicine.