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Sports Med

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by ColinHay, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. ColinHay

    ColinHay Its A Mistake 7+ Year Member

    May 23, 2006
    What is the required route one must take to become a sports med doc?

    Can you go into a sports med fellowship after anesthesia residency?
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  3. Tired

    Tired Fading away 7+ Year Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    Hmm, that would be a new one to me.

    Sports Medicine, as I understand it, normally flows out of FP. One would imagine you could track from IM as well, given the overlap between the two.

    Sports Ortho is a fellowship of Orthopedics, focusing on surgical management of Sports Med injuries/disorders.

    Never heard of tracking out of Anes. Hard to believe you could do that, since I find it hard to believe that clinical musculoskeletal medicine is taught in those programs.
  4. Taus

    Taus . Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    You can apply to a sports med fellowship through FP, IM, Peds, PM&R, and EM. FP is the most popular/traditional route to enter the primary care sports med fellowships. Ortho is also another option, but that is surgical sports medicine....entirely different training. As far as I know, the closest thing to sports med through Anesthesia is doing a fellowship in Pain Management, though those are usually more interventional then purely msk/sports and definitely won't put you in a position to be a team doc if thats what you're looking to do.
  5. indo

    indo Feed me a stray cat 7+ Year Member

    Sep 28, 2002

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  6. Pyroclast

    Pyroclast 10+ Year Member

    Oct 22, 2004
    Louisville, KY
    According to FREIDA, there are 3 EM fellowship programs, 1 IM, and 85 FM programs. I'd say FM pretty much has a lock on this sub-specialty. I'd also say that PM&R is the closest thing you'll probably find to an anesthesia route to sports medicine, though there's not really that much overlap between the two specialties. Both do learn a lot about pain management, but that's about it.
  7. The Buff

    The Buff The Big Cat 7+ Year Member

    Oct 14, 2006
    Right behind you...
    Yes, but I believe that many of those FM fellowhips accept IM and EM people too.
  8. Pyroclast

    Pyroclast 10+ Year Member

    Oct 22, 2004
    Louisville, KY
    I don't know anything about that, so I can't comment. I do know that many Anesthesia-run pain fellowships claim to take people from other specialties like PM&R, but it's a heckuva lot easier to get into them if you're an anesthesia resident.
  9. StrengthDoc

    StrengthDoc 7+ Year Member

    May 10, 2007
    Republic Of Texas
    Any of the primary care sports med fellowships should be accessible from all of these avenues plus peds and pm&r. The only distinction would be the ortho (surgical) fellowships as Taus pointed out. At least, this is how it has been explained to me.
  10. Biscuit799

    Biscuit799 7+ Year Member

    Oct 29, 2004
    From what I've gathered, FP Sports Med fellowships are available to IM, EM, Peds, and PM&R, but they heavily favor family med residency grads; as a general rule...
  11. swimguy23

    swimguy23 New Member 5+ Year Member

    Oct 8, 2005
    probably pretty program specific.....some have websites that give some stats about their fellows and it says what residency they have done
  12. cfdavid

    cfdavid Banned Banned 7+ Year Member

    Oct 24, 2004
    It seems that FP would be the best way to go since kids, teens, and younger adults comprise the majority of athletes. Also, I'd imagine that it could take a while to build a practice specific to sports med (unless you enter into an established one). So, one could do regular FM and take on sports related injuries as they presented in your patient population.

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