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The Brody School of Medicine
Department of Family Medicine

Family Medicine

Sports Medicine Fellowship


The Department of Family Medicine at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine offers a comprehensive fellowship designed to support the advanced education and training of primary care physicians in the field of sports medicine. Clinical experiences include an outpatient sports medicine clinic, athletic training room clinic, athletic event coverage, outpatient clinical experiences in the fellow's primary specialty, and several subspecialty rotations, including

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Spine
  • Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitative Medicine
  • Clinical Imaging
  • Cardiology
  • Nutrition
  • Sports Psychology
  • Exercise Physiology / Biomechanics

Fellowship Goals

The goals of our fellowship program are to...

  • Educate and train primary care physicians in sports medicine through the development and refinement of clinical skills.
  • Enhance skills in critical analysis of the scientific literature.
  • Maintain clinical skills in primary care.
  • Nurture enthusiasm for scientific investigation.
  • Establish effective teaching strategies.
  • Promote learning using an evidence-based approach.

Upon completion of the fellowship program, our graduates will be able and expected to…

  • Provide comprehensive, and integrated health care services with a focus on sports medicine and physical activity.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and skill in sports medicine, while remaining an active practitioner within their primary specialty.
  • Analyze, construct, and conduct research in the field of sports medicine with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Develop teaching methods and demonstrate high quality teaching to medical personnel in the areas of sports medicine or physical activity.
  • Exemplify a passion for sports medicine within their primary care specialty through patient care, teaching, research, and leadership.

Inherent in our approach is the commitment to provide education that supports future success through a faculty development and research curriculum. Fellows from the Department of Family Medicine (sports medicine, geriatrics, and women's health fellows) participate in a monthly conference series focusing on research methodology, teaching skills, curriculum development, and administrative skills.

Sports medicine conferences focus on diagnosis and management of sports medicine problems. Fellows also take part in a monthly journal club, musculoskeletal radiology conference, sports medicine seminar series, and weekly in-depth teaching sessions relating to sports medicine topics. Fellows can participate in a weekly evidence-based medicine conference that focuses on primary care issues. Family medicine grand rounds are held twice monthly.

Clinical experiences include the care of adult and pediatric patients with acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, medical complications of participation in sports or exercise, and medical diagnoses complicating participation in sports or exercise.

The fellow will participate in performing pre-participation exams for athletes and patients who want to start an exercise or sports program, provide exercise prescriptions, provide patient education on injury prevention, as well as manage illness, injury, and rehabilitation of patients.

As part of the fellowship, the fellow will participate with team physicians and training staff who provide care for the East Carolina University Pirates, a Division I NCAA athletics program. This program has over 400 intercollegiate athletes in football, men's and women's basketball and soccer, baseball, track and field, and tennis, among others.

To further augment the sports medicine experience, the fellow will participate in local high school football event coverage during the fall semester.