Clinical and Research Components

The majority of clinical time will be spent at the UI Sports Medicine Center in which fellows will provide continuous, comprehensive care to student-athletes and community patients with health problems related to sports and exercise. Specialized orthopaedics clinics will be integrated into the center allowing fellows to observe and/or participant in outpatient operative orthopaedic procedures and consultation. In addition to the UI Sports Medicine Center clinical experience, fellows will provide on-site sports care and management for a variety of collegiate and high school teams as well as mass-participation sporting events. Fellows are also required to spend a minimum of one, half-day per week maintaining their skills in their primary specialty.

Through didactics and a monthly journal club, fellows will be guided through the research process (critical analysis and evaluation of the medical literature, clinical epidemiology, and clinical study and design) and have opportunities to apply these skills in scholarly activities and projects. The UI Sports Medicine Center will combine excellence in education and clinical research, allowing fellows to focus on not only treatment and rehabilitation but also on prevention, outcomes, and methods of returning patients safely to activity and continual improvement. Each fellow will be encouraged but not required to participate in a research project or submit a manuscript. Each fellow will be required to submit a clinical case for presentation at a national sports medicine conference (American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine) or a national meeting in their primary field.

Patient Care Responsibilities

Fellow patient care and clinical activities will be supervised by fellowship faculty in the UI Sports Medicine Center. In accordance to RRC requirements, fellows will maintain their skills in their primary specialty in the UI Hospitals and Clinics Family Care Center or the UI Hospitals and Clinics Emergency Department dependent upon their primary specialty training under the supervision of teaching faculty of the appropriate clinical department.

Rotation Schedule

The 12-month program is developed around a longitudinal, integrated curriculum and is structured in accordance with the Residency Review Committee requirements. In order to increase patient continuity experiences and integrate a multi-disciplinary approach of sports medicine care a longitudinal (rather than a traditional one month block rotation) approach is emphasized. The curriculum allows fellows to build upon the foundation of their primary specialty while introducing and layering new content and perspective. A traditional, monthly rotation will not be utilized. Instead, the longitudinal, integrated curriculum will be comprised of the following components throughout the year:

  • Primary Care Sports Medicine Clinics
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine Clinics
  • Hand Clinic
  • Foot/Ankle Clinic
  • Fracture Clinic
  • Weekly MSK Ultrasound Clinic
  • Various mass participation event coverage including RAGBRAI, Iowa City Run for the Schools and Jingle Cross.
  • Weekly Sports Medicine-related Didactic Conferences (see below)
  • University of Iowa and Local High School Training Room Coverage
  • University of Iowa, Local High School and Community Event Coverage
  • Continuity of Care Clinics or Emergency Department shifts dependent on primary specialty

Didactic Components

Fellows will be required to attend weekly Primary Care Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Multi-disciplinary Sports Medicine and Musculoskeletal Radiology Conferences. In addition, fellows will have weekly Musculoskeletal ultrasound didactics with live scanning with instruction for 3 months of the academic year.

Sample Weekly Schedule

Below is a sample weekly schedule for a fellow during the fall months. Please note that schedules change quarterly to tailor the clinical curriculum to the needs of the individual learner.

  Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat/Sun
Morning Conference    
Primary Care Sports Medicine
1.Orthopaedic Sports Conference
2.Multi-Disciplinary Sports Medicine Conference
3.MSK Radiology Conference
AM Clinic Sports Medicine Clinic Iowa Football Coach’s Meeting Sub-specialty Clinic (Rotated between Fracture, Foot/Ankle, Hand and Spine Clinics) Sports Medicine Clinic Administrative/
Scholarly Activity
PM Clinic Concussion Clinic – Peterson Primary Care MSK Ultrasound Sports Medicine Clinic Sports Medicine Clinic  
High School Training Room UI Training
UI Training
UI Training Room High School Football
Game Coverage
Iowa Football Game Coverage & Sunday Training Room