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Program Description and Goals

Sports Medicine Fellowship

Program Description

The Pediatric Sports Medicine Fellowship Training Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital provides the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to practice high quality, state-of-the-art Sports Medicine management. The program’s curriculum trains Fellows to master all 6 ACGME core competencies and the 14 identified subspecialty milestones.  Through the Phoenix Children's Hospital Sports Medicine program, all fellows will have access to Pediatric Sports Medicine, as well as Adult Sports Medicine.  The Phoenix Children's Hospital Sports Medicine program is unique in that it is a 2-year fellowship.  The first year of the fellowship is designed with the goal of meeting all ACGME requirements for fellowship.  The second year of the fellowship provides additional opportunities for leadership and clinical/knowledge building.

Goals of the Program

Patient care and procedural skills:  The fellow will be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.  The fellow will be able to competently perform all medical, diagnostic, and surgical procedures considered essential in Sports Medicine.  These areas include, but are not limited to, ultrasound injections, joint injections, casting, DME placement, and reduction of dislocated joints and fractures.

Medical knowledge:  The fellow must demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological, and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care.

Practice-based learning and improvement:  The fellow will develop competence in practice-based learning models leading to improvements in patient care through quality improvement initiatives, review, and appraisal of scientific medical literature relevant to Sports Medicine and self-evaluation of patient care. The fellow will have opportunity to develop teaching skills with patients, families, residents, medical students, coaches, and athletic trainers.

Interpersonal and communication skills:  The fellow will develop excellent interpersonal and communication skills in relationship building, collaborating, and supporting patients, families, and the Sports Medicine team.  The fellow is expected to communicate effectively across the broad range of educational background.  At times, the fellow will need to consult other physicians or health professionals as a member/leader of the healthcare team.  They will maintain comprehensive, timely and eligible medical records.

Professionalism:  The fellow will develop and foster a sense of professionalism regarding professional responsibilities, adherence to the ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.  In addition, the fellow will foster a strong sense of self-reflection and self-care essential to the practice of Sports Medicine.  They are expected to demonstrate compassion, integrity, and respect for others.  They are expected to be sensitive to the wishes and desires of the Sports Medicine team (patients, parents, coaches, etc.), but must put overall patient care above those interests.

System-based practice:  The fellow will develop a sense of the larger system-based practice, learning to evaluate and utilize resources to provide optimal patient care. The fellow will also learn how to affect change in hospital and community-based healthcare systems.  Fellows will be expected to work effectively in various settings (clinic, training room, on-site coverage).  The aim will be to coordinate patient care within the Sports Medicine team, incorporate cost awareness and risk-benefit analysis in patient care as appropriate.

Requirements (Conferences, Scholarly activity, etc.)

Clinical Expectations

  • Meeting or exceeding the 6 ACGME Core Competencies, including Professionalism

Scholarly Activity Expectations

  • Submit either a case or research for presentation by end of year 1
  • Design, execute and complete a quality improvement project by end of year 2

Teaching Expectations

  • Teach and guide PCH residents who rotate in Sports Medicine
  • Participate in PCH resident block didactics and Sports Medicine Fellowship didactics
  • Teach medical students both formally and informally
  • Present at community educational opportunities to athletes and families

Evaluation

  • The Clinical Competency Committee shall meet two times per year to monitor progress of clinical skill throughout fellowship.
  • Attend required twice yearly meetings with Program Director to track clinical and academic progress
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