The UVA Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship program will be administered out of the UVA Family Medicine Residency Program in the Department of Family Medicine within the UVA Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia. All clinical rotations and experiences will take place in clinic sites and departments that are part of the UVA health system.
Fellows will receive core didactic lectures by different faculty covering the various aspects of the sports medicine curriculum. The curricular aspects will be supervised by Dr. Siobhan Statuta.
UVA Family Medicine Sports Medicine Clinic
Two half-days per week will be spent in the Family Medicine Clinic; one of these is in the Sports Medicine Clinic under the supervision of Fellowship Director, Siobhan Statuta, MD. The other half-day will be in clinic providing continuity care to family medicine patients. The fellow will also present Family Medicine Residency didactic lectures and grand rounds on sports medicine topics.
General orthopedics, as well as specialty clinics in foot, hand, and spine surgery clinics will be 2 half day per week. The fellow will also participate in weekly anatomy and musculoskeletal radiology conferences. The overall supervision will be by Dr. David Diduch.
UVA Athletic Training Room
Dr. John MacKnight will supervise 2-3 half days per week in the training room providing acute primary care to the UVA athletes. There will be time to work with different athletic trainers assigned to the different athletic teams. The fellow will develop a deep appreciation for the critical role the ATC plays in sports medicine. Ethan Saliba, ATC, PhD, will play an integral supervisory role.
Runner’s Clinic in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department evaluates injuries in runners and provides experience in gait evaluation and orthotic use and design. Additionally, fellows will get additional training in obtaining compartment pressure measurement and observe EMG/NCV studies. This clinic is supervised by Dr. Robert Wilder.
One half day per week is spent observing/assisting with orthopedic surgical procedures under the supervision of Dr. David Diduch, Dr. Mark Miller, and Dr. Eric Carson.
Sideline Athletic Coverage
Athletic coverage will take place at the high school level (Western Albemarle High School) and the collegiate level (UVA Athletics) throughout the year depending on the sport. The fellow will participate in athletic sideline coverage with faculty supervision at all times. The fellow will also actively participate in providing pre-participation physical examinations for the schools and athletic teams they are covering.
Mass Participation Events
The fellow will participate in several mass participation events each year including the Charlottesville 10-miler, Half-Marathon and Marathon, and the Women’s 4-Miler race. Additionally, they will participate in numerous invitational cross-country meets. The fellow will help in the planning and coordination of providing medical coverage of the events including communication with race directors, EMS personnel and the UVA Emergency Department personnel. They will also participate in the after action meeting to assess the event and make recommendations to improve future event coverage.
The fellowship program will emphasize physiology and biomechanics; principles of nutrition; pathophysiology of illness and injury; effects of therapeutic, performance enhancing and recreational drugs; psychological aspects of exercise, performance and completion; ethical principles; medico-legal aspects of exercise and sports; and research and medical writing principles. Elective rotations may be done in any of these, or other, related areas.