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A few days ago I learned that you could do a fellowship (exactly how long does this take?) and become a sports podiatrist. I was wondering if anyone is a sports podiatrist or knows someone who is. Are there sports podiatrists that are involved in college level or professional sports? I know I am not even in podiatry school yet but I think this would be a very interesting speciality in podiatry that I would look foward to.
 

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There are some guys who carve out a subspecialty in sports. Try looking up James Losito, Marque Allen, Amol Saxena, Matt Werd, etc.

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how do you become a podiatrist specializing in sports medicine? I know you do your schooling and residency and then what? or is this specialization all done in residency?
 

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how do you become a podiatrist specializing in sports medicine? I know you do your schooling and residency and then what? or is this specialization all done in residency?
Residencies usually have their focus: trauma, elective recon forefoot, wounds and diabetes, clinic, advanced rearfoot recon, etc. Most 3yr programs will give a balance of all those areas, but it varies.

Sports med is more of just a practice focus. You work hard and hustle to gain those team DPM jobs, get sports injury referrals, do athlete foot/ankle exams at sports and running events, etc. Athletes (or any subpopulation of patients) will probably never be 100% of your patient load, but once you're an attending with more pts you can handle, you can shape your practice the way you want to by referring some types of pts out and gaining more referrals for other types. Or, you can just expand, hire associates/residents/assistants and keep a balanced patient base of whatever pathologies are in your community.

You can do a fellowship if you want focus and fine-tuned training. To my knowledge, the only CPME approved sports med fellowship is Dr. Losito's in Miami. He works with the Heat, Barry Univ athletics, and is past pres of AAPSM.
 

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So in order to practice sports medicine podiatry you don't necessarily have to do a fellowship? Is the fellowship just to fine tune yourself in the field and give you the subspecialty name? Then what is the point in doing a fellowship?
 

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Feli's post was excellent, but I thought there were a few more sports medicine fellowships available. I was under the belief that there were a couple of more including Dr. Amol Saxena, but that may have been in the past.

Any DPM can hang up a sign stating he/she specializes in sports medicine or any other sub specialty of podiatry. You can choose to specialize in wound care, surgery, diabetics, right feet, left feet, etc. There is no rule that you have to perform a fellowship to "specialize". Please don't forget, we are ALREADY specialists!!

The purpose of performing a fellowship is to raise the bar regarding the skills and knowledge you bring to your patients. Naturally, it adds to your credibility as an "expert" if lecturing or applying for a job/position. But the real reason to do a fellowship is simply to gain knowledge and to know that despite the fact that the guy down the street SAYS he's a specialist in sports medicine or some other field, you KNOW you're the TRUE "expert".
 

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Dr. Saxena still has a sports fellowship as do some others but only the one in FL that Feli mentioned is accedited.

IMO - it doesn't matter if your fellowship is accredited.