The Sports Medicine fellow at East Carolina University serves alongside Dr. Joseph Armen as the team physicians for their approximate 450 NCAA Division I student-athletes. The fellow gains valuable experience serving as one of the team physicians by completing pre-participation physical exams, providing event coverage and through the evaluation and management of acute and chronic injuries and illnesses.
Two half days per week are spent longitudinally through the academic year by the fellow in athletic training room clinic. In this setting, the fellow gets the opportunity to work as a key member of the Sports Medicine health care team alongside Dr Armen, our orthopedic consultants and the athletic training staff. This experience allows the fellow to maintain continuity and close follow-up with our student athletes and also interact with the coaching and strength and conditioning staff. There is also direct access in our athletic training room clinic to our electronic medical record and many office procedures can be performed on-site including joint injections and aspirations, IV fluid administration, suturing, incision and drainage, diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound, electrocardiograms and electronic access to laboratory and imaging studies ordered.
Extensive experience is also gained in concussion evaluation and management utilizing ImPACT for our neurocognitive testing and the Biodex Biosway for postural sway testing. Finally, several IRB approved research projects have been conducted on this NCAA Division I student-athlete population.