The National Capital Consortium's Military Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is an intense one-year training program that equips active duty family physicians with the skills and knowledge needed to provide expert musculoskeletal and exercise-related medical care for active persons of all ages and skill levels.
The Sports Medicine Fellowship consists of seven major areas of training that occur simultaneously: (1) ambulatory sports medicine clinic; (2) team physician responsibilities; (3) sports medicine didactics; (4) operative and clinical orthopedics; (5) scholarly activities; (6) faculty development; and (7) continuity clinics in Family Medicine.
Team Physician Opportunities
Each of the four fellows is assigned to have team physician responsibilities at one NCAA school--Naval Academy, American University/Montgomery College, George Mason Univ. or Georgetown University--and each fellow serves as a high school football team physician.
Scholarly Activities and Faculty Development
The fellows have weekly didactic sessions and meet periodically with a research mentor. Each fellow is involved in a new or ongoing research project and is encouraged to write a review article or textbook chapter and present a clinical case or research study at a national meeting. Fellows also fine-tune their teaching skills by instructing medical students, residents, and other professionals.
The didactic curriculum is robust. Each week there are approximately four hours of lectures and small group discussions. This is supplemented by an anatomy curriculum utilizing anatomy texts, Netter 3-D Anatomy software, and cadavers. The fellows receive several days of formal instruction in musculoskeletal (Msk) ultrasound, including hands-on practice using cadavers for injection training. They attend the Advanced Team Physician Course, where they get an intense exposure to advanced topics in sports medicine. They also attend an annual meeting of the ACSM, AMSSM, or AOASSM, and the Marine Corps Marathon Medical Symposium.
Other Training Events
Several other events give the fellows excellent training opportunities, e.g. Marine Corps Marathon, Virginia Special Olympics, Naval Academy Boxing Championships, the Army 10-Miler, and NCAA Sports Physicals at the US Military Academy (West Point, NY). Elective activities include Event Physician duties at USA Boxing National Championships, USA Wrestling National Championships, or an Armed Forces Sports competitions.
The Fellowship is based at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in conjunction with the Family Medicine Residency, with support from the Department of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, MD. The Fellowship began in 1994, and the program's 55 graduates include officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, and two adjunct civilian fellows. In addition to being one of the largest Sports Medicine fellowships in the country with four fellows each year, it is one of the most prestigious. All fellows who have taken the American Board of Family Medicine examination in Sports Medicine have passed and earned Certificates of Added Qualification. Since 2001 the Program's fellows have averaged in the 85th percentile nationwide on the certification examination. The fellowship was first accredited by the ACGME in Sept. 1997 and most recently received the maximum five-year ACGME re-accreditation in 2010.
Applications: Applications are usually submitted in August and September (see respective service GME websites for more information). In addition to submitting an application to their service-specific Graduate Medical Education (GME) coordinator and speaking with their respective specialty consultant, all applicants must interview with the Program Director by telephone or in person. The Tri-Service GME Selection Board meets in late November, and applicants are typically notified of the board results by mid-December.
Anthony Beutler, MD, Colonel, USAF, MC
Director, NCC Sports Medicine Fellowship
Chief, Injury Prevention Research Laboratory
Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-4799
Lab Phone: (301) 295-9460
Clinic Phone: (301) 295-3630
For detailed Fellowship information see the Tri-service Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Manual
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