Fellows have many responsibilities, including coverage of multiple national professional and amateur sporting events that come to Indianapolis, which is home to the NCAA headquarters, ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), National Federation of State High School Association, and numerous professional, collegiate, and high school teams. Fellows have primary coverage of a high school and cover Division I Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). There are also opportunities for coverage of Purdue University athletics. Examples of the variety of sports medicine events covered include NCAA Championship events, Golden Gloves boxing, and Indiana High School Association Athletic State Championships. Fellows complete one half-day per week of family medicine continuity clinic in downtown Indianapolis. Fellows trained in this setting prepare become leaders in the field of primary care sports medicine, and they become comfortable in any academic environment.
During didactics, fellows learn physiology and biomechanics, healing and injury repair as well as the medical aspects of specific sports and the principles of rehabilitation, medical and legal aspects of sports. Ethical principles, pediatric injuries, the psychology of performance and competition, complementary and alternative sports medicine, nutrition, the effects of systemic disease on exercise, and emergency evaluation on the field are also covered in this fellowship program.
Offered by one of the largest medical schools and academic medical centers in the United States, this Indiana University School of Medicine fellowship program offers multiple opportunities for teaching. Sports medicine fellows give lectures and joint examination workshops for IU School of Medicine MD students and to family medicine and other residents as well as to primary care and orthopedic sports medicine staff.
Other educational activities include attendance and presentation at monthly physical therapy rounds, monthly radiology rounds; presentations for the community, residency and national sports medicine conferences; a research project; bi-monthly journal clubs and book review opportunities; and quarterly musculoskeletal didactic sessions for the family medicine residency as well as scholarly submissions to peer-reviewed journal and textbook chapters.