In Ohio State training rooms, the fellow has some autonomy with patient care but primarily has a staff member present to review cases and make decisions.
At high schools, the fellow serves as the primary source of orthopedic care both on the sidelines and in the training room. He or she has back-up support provided by the Sports Medicine staff.
In the operating room, the fellow has significant hands-on experience progressing from first assistant to primary surgeon with direct supervision.
The fellow may sometimes supervise resident clinic cases with the residents. This has been a positive educational experience for both the fellows and the residents. The fellow is involved in preseason physicals for many of the teams at Ohio State as well as in-season event coverage and training room exposure. The fellow is also expected to perform exit physicals with decision-making regarding off-season rehabilitation and conditioning.