The fellow staffs a sports medicine clinic four half days a week and is supervised by an attending physician in sports medicine. The fellow is given greater independence as his or her clinical competence increases.
These clinics average four to seven patients per half day. Patient complaints range from osteoarthritis and tendon dysfunction to concussion and acute fractures. The patient population ranges from weekend warriors to world-class competitors.
In addition, the fellow will have monthly rotations in various related specialties where he or she will spend four half days a week working with other faculty. These monthly medicine rotations include orthopedics, nutrition, musculoskeletal radiology, cardiovascular stress testing, hand surgery, pediatric orthopedics, physical therapy, physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR), research, and others.
Each fellow must also spend one half day a week working in his or her subspecialty. For primary care, this means caring for general family practice patients in the family medicine clinic, while for PMR, it includes working with our PMR consultants.
The fellow is expected to embrace the concept of lifelong learning and actively pursue educational opportunities throughout his or her year of training. The fellowship provides access to a wide array of learning resources, including recommended texts, an electronic curriculum of selected papers and topic reviews, and access to comprehensive literature reviews and assistance through the Mayo Clinic Libraries.
A fellow's conference is held weekly during which key topics in sports medicine are reviewed. In addition, many weekly conference opportunities are available in PMR, physical therapy, orthopedics, spine and beyond.
The fellow should also be prepared to participate in the education of visiting medical students and the family medicine residents. Past fellows have put on musculoskeletal workshops and injection seminars as well as spent time educating residents one-on-one. Fellows will be expected to take on educational tasks commensurate with their level of sports medicine knowledge.
Fellows are expected to present at several national and regional sports medicine conferences throughout the year. The program will reimburse fellows for travel expenses related to conferences at which he or she presents and will also pay for the fellow to attend a separate continuing medical education (CME) conference of the fellow's choosing up to five days a year.
Advancing the science and application of medicine through research is highly regarded at Mayo Clinic. The fellow is required to participate in sports medicine research during the year and expected to publish or present (or both) his or her findings in peer-reviewed or juried settings.
There are many research projects underway at Mayo Clinic in Florida that provide opportunities for participation. Fellows are also offered financial and academic support for individual research related to their unique interests in sports medicine.
- Collegiate. The fellow is the assistant team physician for the University of North Florida Ospreys, a Division I university in the Atlantic Sun Conference. As assistant team physician, the fellow covers a half day in the training room at the school and provides on-field and on-court coverage for soccer, basketball, and track and field home games and events.
- High school. The fellow is the team physician for several local high school football teams, including Sandalwood High School, Terry Parker High School, and Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. The fellow engages in sideline coverage for all home football games and manages related injuries.
- Endurance sports. Mayo Clinic sports medicine provides medical coverage for several local events, including the 26.2 With Donna marathon and half marathon and the BFAST triathlon series.
- Tennis. Fellowship director Walter C. Taylor III, M.D., is the acting medical adviser for the Women's Tennis Association. The fellow has opportunities to participate in audio conferences and patient care decisions related to these elite players.
In addition, the fellow is supported in investigating other sports coverage opportunities in the region that match his or her specific sporting interests. As a result, the program catalog of covered events varies each calendar year.