Family Practice Sports Medicine

Duration: 4 weeks

Period offered: August - June

Distribution of Student's time:
80% patient care
10% amateur athletic events
10% operating room

Enrollment/Period: 1 maximum with pre-approval necessary

Prerequisite: Year IV

Clerkship Objectives:

  • Enhance knowledge and skills pertaining to muscuskeletal evaluations.
  • Become familiar with particular problems common to various sports and with history-taking of athletes.
  • Develop the ability to complete the pre-participation exam and to assess acute injury.
  • Develop ability to interpret data and use clinical judgment in providing therapy and advice to the athlete.
  • Increase student presentation skills.
  • Increase student use/review of medical literature.


  • Quality of care given
  • Participation in team care
  • Participation and performance in conferences
  • Level of knowledge

Methods to be used in student evaluation:

  • Observation of performance by faculty and house officers
  • Assessment of presentation
  • Assessment of write-ups/reports

Students explore the practice of sports medicine on the amateur level from screening the athlete in a pre-participation exam to assessing an acute injury and rehabilitation. Students spend most of their time at the Center for Athletic Medicine with family physicians trained in sports medicine experience and certified trainers working with local high school teams. Didactics add to this clinical experience.

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