If you have been watching the Olympics and have been wondering how you can combine your love of sports with your interest in a career in medicine, you should consider applying to the medical schools with the best sports medicine programs in the U.S. Sports medicine is considered a subspecialty under Family Medicine according to the AAMC. We have compiled a list of the top five sports medicine programs, per US News and World Report, for you to explore. Most of the programs prefer students who have completed a residency in Family Medicine.
The University of Washington is ranked highest in primary care by U.S. News. They offer a prestigious fellowship in sports medicine through the Department of Family Medicine and Hall Health Primary Care Center. Participants earn a certificate in sports medicine after successfully completing the residency.
Students accepted into this residency will gain extensive training in sports medicine at the Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center. The school also hosts the Matthew Gfeller Sports-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center. This world renowned research center conducts research on the long term effects of concussions and brain injury in retired NFL players.
This sports medicine fellowship is hosted by both the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. The curriculum provides a holistic approach to the field with training in Orthopedics, Sports Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sports Psychology. The program educates participants using patient panels with a diverse population including professional and recreational athletes as well as patients of all ages.
The Sports Medicine Group at UCSF provides training in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Research. This interdisciplinary program provides exciting research opportunities for residents through the UCSF Sports Medicine Center at the Orthopaedic Institute. Research is conducted at the basic science level as well as through clinical studies. They have research projects covering the subjects of cartilage injury and repair, muscle atrophy and rotator cuff tears, musculoskeletal radiology imaging, and biomechanics.
This Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is offered through the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Orthopedics. They offer a special focus on women’s health—the CU Women’s Sports Medicine program — and provide opportunities for research, training and clinical experience in women’s health. This fellowship is only available to students who have completed a residency in Orthopedic Surgery.
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