UPMC Family Medicine has a long tradition of superior education for primary care physicians including a one-year fellowship in sports medicine.
The Sports Medicine fellows gain extensive clinical, academic, and "on-field" experience, working with local athletes from high school to the professional level. The Fellowship offers not only superior musculoskeletal training, but also a solid foundation in sports psychology, sports nutrition, musculoskeletal imaging (including MSK ultrasound), exercise physiology, academic development, and research design in preparation for the certificate of added qualification. A particular asset of this program is its connection to UPMC's department of Orthopedics and the world-class centers of basic-science research in sports medicine. In addition, the program partners with the UPMC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department to offer a comprehensive yearlong musculoskeletal ultrasound curriculum.
Throughout the year the fellow acquires training room and on-field experience at a large high school, a Division I University and Division III college athletic program. Uniquely, the fellow has exposure to some of the best athletes in the world, observing the medical teams of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins Hockey. The three fellows participate in mass event planning and coverage participating in the Pittsburgh Marathon, and EQT 10 mile race.
In addition, each fellow obtains exposure to dance medicine working with the Pittsburgh Ballet. Teaching faculty include athletic trainers, radiologists, physical therapists, world renowned orthopedists, and more than 10 physicians with special training and CAQs in Sports Medicine, among others. Community medical student/resident, peer lectures and presentations are integrated throughout the Fellowship year.
Throughout the year the fellows attend The Advanced Team Physician Course and consistently present annually at the National American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Conference. Although the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is administered through the Family Practice Residency Program, it is available to graduates of residencies in family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, PM&R and emergency medicine.