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Sports Medicine Fellowships

Vanderbilt Sports Medicine, located in the Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute, provides medical care for all NCAA Division I Vanderbilt athletics and athletes of all ages and levels of competition from Tennessee and surrounding regions. Dr. John E. Kuhn (Director of Sports Medicine) leads the sports medicine staff, which includes surgical and non-surgical physicians, physical therapists and certified athletic trainers, in treating all athletic injuries and conditions.  Two distinct sports medicine fellowships are offered, one for the orthopaedic surgeon and one for the primary care sports medicine physician. 

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery Fellowship
The Orthopaedic Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery Fellowship, under the direction of Dr. Charles L. Cox, is a one-year program in which candidates actively participate in the coverage of SEC varsity and high school athletics.  Fellows focus on developing skills in all aspects of the musculoskeletal examination, ligament reconstruction, and arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, ankle, and elbow. Active participation in weekly didactic conferences on sports medicine topics and appropriate orthopaedic resident conferences are encouraged.  Fellows also develop and complete a research project during the year for publication of results and findings. Click here for more information

Pediatric Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
The Pediatric Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, under the direction of Dr. David G. Liddle, is a 1 year, ACGME accredited fellowship program with 2 tracks.  One track is for residency trained Emergency Medicine physicians and the other for non-Emergency Medicine physicians.  The program welcomes applicants with backgrounds in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Med/ Peds, Emergency Medicine, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  

In addition to the primary goal of learning musculoskeletal examination skills, fellow training also focuses on systemic and general medical concerns of athletes such as exercise-induced asthma, nutritional guidance, injury prevention, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries via appropriate training therapy methods.  

Fellows in this program:

  • work in clinic with both surgical and non-surgical sports medicine faculty each week, with various rotations throughout the year.
  • cover all levels of sport in a variety settings.
  • provide both musculoskeletal and medical care to professional, SEC varsity, high school, and recreational athletes, with fellows having their own primary team coverage assignments. 
  • enjoy autonomy in their own atheletic training room sessions each week.
  • continue to work in their primary specialty (1 half day/ week).
  • actively participate in weekly didactic conferences in primary care sports medicine and orthopaedics.
  • develop and complete an appropriate research and quality improvement project.
  • submit presentations to and participate in national and regional sports medicine conferences.

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