In August of 1999, the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, in conjunction with the Department of Orthopedics started a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. The University of Colorado Sports Medicine Center has been established for many years in Denver. The facility as well as its faculty and fellows have a well-respected reputation and is a referral site for many primary care providers at the University and throughout the community. Many individuals and athletes also self-refer to this site. We expanded in 2006 with the Pediatric Primary Care Fellowship.
Goals and Objectives
The goals of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship encompass four major, equally important areas:
- Sports injuries
- Team physician experience
- Musculoskeletal ultrasound training
- Fracture care
- Medical education
- Leadership development
Specific curriculum objectives are defined for each component. There
is overlap between the components in that knowledge and skills gained in
some areas will augment other areas. This is a broad curriculum
designed for longitudinal implementation over the one-year Fellowship.
The overall goal of the curriculum is
to teach the primary care fellow to evaluate and manage sports medicine
problems in their own patients. Patient care activities must be the
cornerstone of training. These goals will be accomplished by working at
four or five sites plus providing coverage at numerous athletic events
such as Denver University games (women's basketball, volleyball, soccer,
and men's hockey, basketball and soccer), University of Colorado
Buffaloes games (football and women's and men's basketball), and some
local high school games. The primary care fellow will also participate
in many didactic conferences throughout the year.