Sports Medicine

The sports medicine area of concentration features learning opportunities with national leaders in the field of Sports Medicine, access to cutting edge training facilities and equipment, and offers clinical experience with the athletes and teams at the University of Florida. Residents are exposed to a wide variety of orthopaedic problems and develop the superior history taking and examination skills necessary to comprehensively evaluate orthopaedic complaints.

They also develop a strong foundation in the interpretation of more specialized diagnostic studies such as MRI, CT, EMG/NCS, and ultrasound. The SMAOC is coordinated by the faculty of the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida with assistance from the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. The primary goal of the SMAOC is to foster the advancement of the resident’s knowledge base and clinical skill set in the area of musculoskeletal medicine.

Things to know: 

  • This concentration is available to interested residents who wish to further their training in sports medicine, supplementing their abilities as a primary care physician. It also aids in the preparation of those who are interested in pursuing a Sports Medicine Fellowship.
  • The curriculum is designed to allow the individual to tailor their educational experience with opportunities that include medical coverage at University of Florida athletic events, bi-weekly didactic lectures by national leaders in the field of Sports Medicine, MSK ultrasound exposure, a position as a high school football team physician, and paid opportunities to provide medical care to spectators at University of Florida football games.
  • Interested residents declare their intention to enter the sports medicine area of concentration before completion of their intern year.
  • The curriculum includes additional musculoskeletal exposure within the continuity clinic and a minimum of 3 additional months of Sports Medicine elective rotations.
  • Residents will attend a National Sports Medicine Conference, contribute to SMAOC reviews, and administer pre-participation physical examinations for young athletes in the community.
  • Academic requirements include a Sports Medicine Scholarly Project as well as presenting at didactic conferences and journal club meetings.

Practice locations: 

  • UF Health Family Medicine – Main
  • UF Student Health Care Center
  • UF Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Institute
  • University Athletic Association’s Facilities

The resident will be evaluated through periodic reviews and a comprehensive examination. The goals and objectives will be used as a guide for determining successful completion of the concentration.

Following completion of the Sports Medicine area of concentration, the Family Medicine Residency Program Director and SMAOC faculty supervisor submit documentation to the resident’s portfolio summarizing the training completed in the AOC. The resident will have a solid foundation that will enhance their marketability in pursuing a sports medicine fellowship should they choose to do so.