The National Capital Consortium's (NCC) Military Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is an intense one-year training program that equips active duty physicians with skills and knowledge to provide expert musculoskeletal and exercise-related medical care for active persons of all ages and activity levels.
Sports Medicine Fellowship training includes ten major areas of simultaneous training: (1) ambulatory sports medicine clinic; (2) team physician responsibilities; (3) sports medicine didactics; (4) clinical orthopedics; (5) scholarly activities; (6) faculty development; (7) Family Medicine continuity clinics; (8) mass event coverage; (9) resident and medical student teaching and (10) adaptive sports coverage. Fellows are also extensively trained in muskuloskeletal (MSK) ultrasound, regerenerative medicine, and physical modalities for pain relief (e.g. battlefield acupuncture and dry needling). Successful fellowship completion results in passage of the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Sports Medicine exam developed by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). Fellows are also expected to obtain certification as Registered in Musculoskeletal Sonography (RMSK) upon graduation.
Team Physician Opportunities
Each of the six fellows is assigned team physician responsibilities at one NCAA school--Naval Academy (2), American University, George Mason University, Bowie State University, or Catholic University--and each fellow serves as a high school football team physician.
Scholarly Activities and Faculty Development
Fellows have weekly didactic sessions and meet periodically with research mentors while participating in new or ongoing research projects. Fellows are required to write a review article or textbook chapter and present a clinical case, poster or research study at a national meeting. Fellows fine-tune teaching skills by instructing medical students, residents, and other professionals. Additionally, fellows teach the musculoskeletal ultrasound workshop at the annual Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians national meeting.
The robust multi-disciplinary didactic curriculum includes approximately eight hours of lectures and small group discussions weekly. Fellows receive immersive formal instruction in: anatomy, physiology, excercise associated pathologies, injury prevention, and MSK ultrasound, including hands-on workshops utilizing cadavers for injection training. Fellows regularly attend, participate, and present in Grand Rounds, Radiology Rounds, Pediatric/Adoloscent Medicine clinic, and Urgent Care clinic. They attend the Advanced Team Physician Course, Marine Corps Marathon and Army Ten-Miler Medical Symposiums, and receive intense instruction in advanced sports medicine topics. They also attend an annual meeting of the ACSM, AMSSM, or AOASSM.
Unique/Mass Training Opportunities
Fellows receive unique training opportunities by participation in: Marine Corps Marathon, Army Ten-Miler, Special Olympics, Naval Academy Boxing Championships, NCAA Sports Physicals at the US Military Academy (West Point, NY), Wounded Warrior Games, Military Combatives, and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Course.
The Fellowship is supported by Fort Belvoir Community Hospital Family Medicine Residency in Virginia and the Department of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, MD. The Fellowship began in 1994, and graduates include officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, and adjunct civilian fellows. In addition to being one of the largest Sports Medicine fellowships in the US with six fellows each year, it is one of the most prestigious. Since 2001, program graduates have averaged in the 85th percentile nationwide on the CAQ examination. The fellowship was first accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in Sept. 1997 and most recently received the maximum five-year ACGME re-accreditation in 2015.
Applications are generally submitted in August and September (see respective military Graduate Medical Education (GME) websites for more information). In addition to submitting an application to their service-specific GME coordinator and speaking with their respective specialty leader, applicants must interview with the Program Director or a designated fellowship faculty member. Interviews may be conducted by telephone or in person with no preference given to either mode. The Joint-Service GME Selection Board (JSGMESB) typically meets in late November, and applicants are usually notified of board results by mid-December.
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-4799
Sports Medicine Links:
- American College of Sports Medicine
- American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM)
- Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP)
- National Athletic Trainers Association
- Institute for Preventative Sports Medicine
- Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians (USAFP)
- American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) CAQ