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Curriculum

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship


Two Curricular Tracks

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship program has two program tracks

  1. Family Medicine/Internal Medicine/Emergency Medicine Track
  2. Pediatric Primary Care Track

Fellows in the two tracks have a majority of rotations in common. Each fellow spends a one half day in the continuity clinic. The curriculum is designed to meet all the ACGME requirements for Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship.

 Shared Curriculum Activities

Fellows in the two tracks have many clinical experiences in common, but are never working with the same provider simultaneously.  This allows for better learning with a higher volume of patient encounters and individualized teaching.  The curriculum for both tracks is designed to meet all the ACGME requirements for Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.​

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 Primary Care Track

Core Clinical Rotations

Continuity Clinic (1 half day/week)

  • Located within the University of Colorado network, according to prior specialty training

Primary Care Sports Clinic (2-3 half days/week) 

  • Located at CU Sports Medicine (South Denver), AF Williams Family Medicine, and Lowry Internal Medicine
  • Acute and chronic injuries in adult and pediatric patients
  • Procedures: injections (including PRP), bike fits, compartment pressure testing, MSK ultrasound (including Tenex)

University of Colorado Training Room (1-2 half days/week)

  • Located at CU Boulder campus and covers entire CU student-athlete population
  • Fellow works with Dr. Poddar, Dr. Chu, and Dr. VanBaak
  • Fellow also has own training room 2 half days/month supervised by Dr. VanBaak

MSK Ultrasound Clinic (1 half day/week)

  • Located at CU Sports Medicine
  • Fellow works with Dr. Hill
  • Learn diagnostic and interventional ultrasound from Dr. Hill, who has been doing MSK ultrasound for over 20 yrs; additional MSK ultrasound experience with Dr. Spittler and Dr. Khodaee

Rose Family Medicine Sports Clinic (1 half day every other week)

  • Located at Rose Hospital (Denver)
  • Fellow works with Dr. Hill, Dr. Chu, Dr. Poddar, and Dr. Leiszler
  • Primarily underserved adult (and some pediatric) patients with a multitude of musculoskeletal ailments

Winter Park Ski Clinic (4 weeks in Feb/March)

  • Located in Winter Park, CO (1.5 hours from Denver)
  • Lodging provided during rotation
  • Fellow works with Dr. Hill, Dr. Khodaee, and other FM/EM physicians
  • See a high volume of patients with acute musculoskeletal injuries, including many joint dislocations and fractures

Orthopedics clinic (1 half day/week)

  • Located at CU Sports Medicine Clinic
  • Fellow works with Dr. McCarty, Dr. Wolcott, Dr. Bravman, Dr. Mayer, and Dr. Vidal
  • Learn indications for surgical intervention, in-depth MSK imaging exposure, care for surgical patients, and opportunities for O.R. time

Pediatric Sports clinic (1 half day/week)

  • Work with Dr. Dahab at Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Other opportunities to work with pediatric faculty: Dr. Provance, Dr. Stuart, and Dr. Wilson
  • High volume of pediatric fractures and other pediatric sports medicine injuries


Other Clinical Opportunities

The fellow will have the opportunity to choose from many clinical opportunities throughout the year.

  • Pediatric sports medicine
  • Musculoskeletal radiology
  • Orthopedic hand, hip, and foot/ankle clinic
  • Physical therapy/rehabilitation
  • Sports psychology
  • Casting/splinting
  • Exercise physiology


Didactics

 Sports Medicine Conferences (Each Wednesday AM)

  • Fellow presents a lecture quarterly throughout the year, based upon core curriculum topics
  • Conferences are attended by a variety of sports medicine faculty (surgical and non-surgical), fellows, residents, and medical students
  • Sports medicine faculty also provide lectures throughout the year


Teaching Conferences

Medical student teaching

  • Both fellows will help teach MSK exam basics to 3rd year medical students at CU (monthly)
  • Medical students rotate through sports medicine clinics, providing ample opportunities for teaching

Resident teaching

  • Both fellows will teach sports medicine topics to family medicine residents at the University of Colorado during their didactics session (3-4 times over the year)
  • Family medicine and visiting residents rotate through sports medicine clinics, providing ample opportunities for clinical teaching


High School Sports Coverage

Fellow may act as Team Physician for one of the Aurora Public Schools High Schools in the Metro Denver area and help with HS football, pre-participation examinations, and wrestling tournament coverage


University Sports Coverage

University of Colorado (Boulder) – NCAA division I

  • Training room coverage
  • Sports physicals
  • Fellow will be one of the CU football physicians

Fellow will be the main team physician for:

  • Women’s volleyball

Fellow may help with other sports coverage, including:

  • Women’s lacrosse
  • Men’s/women’s basketball
  • Women’s soccer
  • Track/cross country
  • Skiing

University of Denver – NCAA division I

Fellow may help with DU coverage:

  • Hockey
  • Men’s/women’s soccer
  • Women’s volleyball
  • Men’s/women’s lacrosse

Professional Sports Coverage

Fellow will work with the Colorado Avalanche hockey team (w/ Dr. Changstrom) and has the opportunity to work with the Denver Nuggets basketball team (w/ Dr. Khodaee).


Event Coverage

Bear Chase Trail Race

Serve as Co-Medical Director (with the pediatric sports medicine fellow) to organize medical coverage for the event. Two day event in late September to include a 100K, 50-Mile, 50K, 13.1-Mile, and 10K runs.

https://www.bearchaserace.com/

Chase the Moon Race

Work as a volunteer for the Chase the Moon running relay race in Highlands Ranch, CO.

https://www.chasethemoonrace.com/


Research/Scholarly

Research is an essential part of the University of Colorado Sports Medicine Fellowship. Our fellows have been actively involved in multiple research and scholarly projects. Fellows are required to lead at least one research/QI project during the fellowship. Due to the time limitations during the fellowship, the research faculty mentor will start this process before the beginning of the fellowship (after the match). Fellows often take part in other ongoing projects conducted by faculty members. During the fellowship, fellows meet regularly with their research mentor in order to make sure the project is on track. In order to make sure the project achieves completion, fellows are encouraged to conduct small scale projects such as survey studies or retrospective studies. Fellows are expected to present at least one research/QI project at the AMSSM and/or ACSM Annual Conferences. In addition, fellows are required to present one clinical case at the AMSSM Annual Conference and one clinical case at the ACSM Annual Conference. 

The fellowship will cover fellows’ expenses to attend the annual AMSSM, annual ACSM, and AMSSM Fellows Research and Leadership conferences. 

Dr. Morteza Khodaee is the director of the fellowship research program. He supervises and approves research projects conducted by fellows. Fellows can chose their own research mentor.

Examples of publications on scholarly projects conducted by past fellows:

  • Miller L, Spittler J, Khodaee M, Bravman JT, Lyon C, Hoffecker L. Management of acute achilles tendon rupture. Am Fam Physician. 2015 June 1;91(11):794,800.
  • Khodaee M, Riederer M, VanBaak K, Hill JC. Ultraendurance athletes with type 1 diabetes: Leadville 100 experience. Wilderness Environ Med. 2015 June;26(2):273-5.
  • Khodaee M, Spittler J, VanBaak K, Changstrom BG, Hill JC. Effects of running an ultramarathon on cardiac, hematologic, and metabolic biomarkers.Int J Sports Med. 2015 Oct;36(11): 867-871.
  • Harris-Spinks C, Nabhan D, Khodaee M. Noniatrogenic septic olecranon bursitis: report of two cases and review of the literature. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2016 Jan-Feb;15(1):33-7.
  • Khodaee M, Grothe HL, Seyfert JH, VanBaak K. Athletes at high altitude.Sports Health. 2016 Mar;8(2):128-32.
  • Magrini DM, Khodaee M, San-Millán I, Hew-Butler T, Provance AJ. Serum creatine kinase elevations in ultramarathon runners at high altitude. Phys Sportsmed. 2017 May;45(2):129-133.
  • Poddar SK, Widstrom L. Nonoperative Options for Management of Articular Cartilage  Disease. Clin Sports Med. 2017 Jul;36(3):447-456.


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 Pediatric Primary Care Track

Core Clinical Rotations

Pediatric Sports Medicine Clinic (4-5 half days/week)

The fellow will work with Dr. Provance, Dr. Dahab, Dr. Wilson, or Dr. Nagle at one of the various Children’s Hospital Colorado specialty clinics evaluating children and adolescents with various musculoskeletal complaints, including acute and overuse injuries, fracture care, and concussions.

  • Aurora (Main)
  • Broomfield (North)
  • Centennial (South)
  • Parker (South)
  • Wheat Ridge (West)
  • St. Joe’s (Central)

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound with Dr. Hill (1 half day/week)

  • The fellow will learn diagnostic ultrasound with Dr. Hill of the shoulder, hip, knee, ankle primarily of adult patients typically followed by ultrasound guided corticosteroid injections or aspirations.

Continuity Clinic (1 half day/week)

  • The fellow will work with general pediatricians on practicing primary care pediatrics in the community. Typically will see those patients with acute musculoskeletal complaints, acute care ill visits, and adolescent well-child check-ups. This is an ACGME requirement.

Primary Care Sports Clinic (4-5 half days/week)

  • Located at CU Sports Clinic (South Denver)
  • Fellow works with Dr. Hill, Dr. Poddar, and Dr. Chu
  • Acute and chronic injuries in primarily adult and some pediatric patients
  • Procedures include: injections, bike fits, compartment pressure testing, MSK ultrasound

CU Sports Medicine Clinic (1 half day every other week)

  • The fellow will work with Dr. Poddar evaluating primarily adult patients with various musculoskeletal complaints, and allows the fellow to perform corticosteroid or viscous injections.

Rose Family Medicine Sports Clinic (1 half day every other week)

  • The fellow work with Dr. Poddar, Dr. Hill, Dr. Chu, or Dr. Leiszler seeing primarily adult patients with musculoskeletal complaints, and allows the fellow to perform corticosteroid or viscous injections.

Winter Park Ski Clinic (4 weeks in Feb/March)

  • The fellow will provide medical care at East Grand Community Clinic and Emergency Center, Winter Park, CO, a popular ski resort during February/March. The fellow will see many patients with acute musculoskeletal injuries, including joint dislocations and fractures.

Clinical Electives

The fellow will have the opportunity to choose from many clinical electives throughout the year.

  • Adult and pediatric sports orthopedic surgery
  • Musculoskeletal radiology
  • Pediatric orthopedic hand surgery
  • Pediatric general orthopedic surgery
  • Pediatric orthopedic hip/pelvis surgery
  • Pediatric orthopedics spine surgery
  • Sports nutrition
  • Sports psychology
  • Casting/splinting
  • Exercise physiology
  • Complex concussion clinic
  • Physical therapy/rehabilitation
  • Cardiology
  • Rheumatology

Didactics

 

Sports Medicine Conferences (Each Wednesday AM)

  • Fellow is expected to present about 4-6 morning lectures throughout the year, based upon core curriculum topics
  • Conferences are attended by a variety of sports medicine faculty (surgical and non-surgical), fellows, residents, and medical students
  • Sports medicine faculty also provide lectures throughout the year

Pediatric Musculoskeletal Radiology (1st Wednesday of each month)

  • Fellows are taught by pediatric MSK radiologists on interesting cases

Pediatric Complex Concussion Team Conference (Every 2 months)

  • The fellow will participate in the multidisciplinary concussion meetings that include psychologists, PT, neurology, and sports medicine physicians on various concussion topics.

University Sports Coverage

University of Colorado (Boulder) – NCAA division I

  • Training room coverage at least 2 half-days/week for all sports
  • Fellow will be one of the main CU football physicians

University of Denver – NCAA division I

Fellow may help with DU coverage:

  • Women’s soccer
  • Women’s volleyball
  • Women’s lacrosse

High School Sports Coverage

The fellow will act as Team Physician for one of the Adams 12 Five Star High Schools in the Metro Denver area. The fellow will also provide training room services ½ day per week to evaluate injured athletes.

Event Coverage

Leadville Race Series

Provide medical coverage for endurance sporting events held at Leadville, CO, the highest incorporated city in the US at 10,200 feet. Events include marathon, half-marathon, 50-mile run, 50-mile mountain bike, 100-mile marathon, and 100-mile mountain bike.

Bear Chase Trail Race

Serve as Co-Medical Director (with the other primary care sports medicine fellow) to organize medical coverage for the event. Two day event in September to include a 100K, 50-Mile, 50K, 13.1-Mile, and 10K runs.

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