The program has six longitudinal block rotations allowing for both continuity as well as diversity. These rotations are divided into six two-month clinical blocks. All blocks include sports medicine, orthopedics, academic time and primary care experiences. Each block will provide other experiences including student health, physiology/cardiology, sports radiology, physical therapy, surgery and elective time. During each rotation block, you will be expected to spend time in the operating room with the orthopedic surgeon that you are assigned to work with.  

Elective rotations throughout the year include hip, hand, research, exercise physiology, stress testing, osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), operating room, pulmonology and podiatry.

This format helps fellows learn:
  • Clinical evaluation, diagnosis and test ordering
  • Decision-making in the clinic
  • Preoperative counseling and preparation
  • Intra-operative decision-making
  • Post-operative decision-making involving wound care, precautions, physical therapy and activity progression

Sports Ultrasound

Becoming proficient in sports ultrasound technology is an important part of this program. You’ll learn the terminology and basic physics of musculoskeletal ultrasound, and understand appropriate applications as both a diagnostic tool and interventional procedures. You’ll learn how to perform basic ultrasound exams of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, hip and foot; and you will gain understanding of the coding and billing used for musculoskeletal ultrasound. 

Event and Training Room Coverage

Fellows will have a variety of opportunities through event and training room coverage. Because of our affiliation with Capital University, you’ll work with Division III NCAA athletes as well as Division I NCAA athletes here at Ohio State. All university training rooms and event coverage will have an attending assigned for teaching and supervision. Throughout the year you’ll have progressive independence and responsibility for management decisions. Fellows will also work with athletes at the high school level, to learn to care for and manage medical illnesses and orthopedic injuries in the athletic setting.

Fellows will provide medical care for Pelotonia, to plan coverage and provide care for athletes at mass participation events.

Additional training requirements
  • Weekly teaching conferences will be required and should be of the quality of a national professional presentation. Each fellow will be required to present cases with associated evidenced-based teaching points during the year. 
  • Journal club sessions are required monthly experiences following the teaching conference. The goal of the journal club is to become able to critically analyze medical literature for its quality, strength of evidence and impact on practice.  
  • National conferences are educationally valuable and are a required portion of your fellowship. Each fellow is required to submit an abstract or case for presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) national meeting and attend one of the conferences. 
  • Each fellow will be required to complete one systematic review on a topic of choice with the program director. The guidelines will be presented at the research conference in the fall. Submission for publication is an expectation of this assignment. Fellows will also be asked to contribute to other publication opportunities as they arise.  

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