The sideline education of our fellows is of paramount importance. When our fellows are on the sideline, the expectation is that the fellow be immediately involved in the assessment of the injured athlete. Simply put, this is a hands-on fellowship, regardless of the level of the athlete. Our fellows are given an abundant amount of UConn coverage opportunities with football, men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, hockey, women’s lacrosse, and women’s field hockey. Our fellows also take the lead with dedicated training room time for track/cross country, volleyball, baseball, and much more.
We are beyond excited about the new construction currently underway that will bring to fruition the Husky Athletic Village and Performance Complex. This complex will become the epicenter of Husky athletics and game coverage for our fellows.
With several different training rooms across campus, and more currently under construction, our fellows are never far from the resources they need to care for our amazing UConn athletes.
Arguably one of the crown jewel experiences of this fellowship is the ~10 day ski experience at Whiteface Mountain. Settled in the Adirondack Mountains near Lake Placid, NY, Whiteface Mountain served as the home of the 1980 Winter Olympic games. This experience offers the fellows the unique opportunity to sharpen their ortho exam skills in the on-site clinic, get out on the mountain with ski patrol, and spend more quality time with our legendary alumni, Dr. Tracey Viola.
Bellator MMA and Premier Boxing Champions fight coverage at the Mohegan Sun
To supplement our professional event coverage and incorporate experience with fight medicine, our fellows are intimately involved in coverage of Bellator MMA and Premier Boxing Champions matches at the Mohegan Sun arena. While at these matches, our fellows get to work side by side with our very own ortho/sports medicine faculty and world-renowned fight medicine experts.
Not long after our fellows return from their experience at the Lake Placid Ironman, they head out to Cape Cod with Program Director Matt Hall to cover the Falmouth Road Race. This race is known for its HIGH prevalence of heat illness and fellows work alongside national heat illness experts from the Korey Stringer Institute.
Is it possible to offer fellows a legitimate hands-on professional team physician experience that’s more than an observership? Of course it’s possible! Our fellows get a healthy dose of life as a professional team physician for the Hartford Athletic professional soccer team whose games extend from summer deep into the fall.
Endurance race experience during fellowship is a given. Here at UConn we go big! As long as the dates do not conflict with the annual AMSSM conference, our fellows cover the granddaddy of endurance races… the Boston Marathon!
High School Team Physician Responsibilities
In order to reach out and serve our surrounding community, each fellow serves as the autonomous team physician for 2 local Hartford high schools. The fellows spend a half day per week going to each school and providing training room coverage as well as providing sideline coverage for football.
Ultrasound usage during fellowship
Arguably the most common topic we get questions about is how we utilize ultrasound within the fellowship. On a daily basis our fellows are performing diagnostic US evaluations as well as US-guided procedures. To supplement their day to day US experiences we also offer dedicated US didactics, diagnostic US training with standardized patients, US at all clinic sites, and our own US cadaver/bioskills lab that our fellows can use as they'd like.
Scholarly activity during fellowship
In addition to presenting their cases and/or research at the AMSSM annual meeting, our fellows attend the AMSSM Fellows Research and Leadership conference, and present podium case presentations at the New England ACSM regional meeting. We also have multiple longitudinal research studies in place within the fellowship and our fellows are always encouraged to participate in our established research studies or continue/establish their own project(s).
The fellowship family
Here at UConn we pride ourselves on operating as a family. Everyone does their job, respects those around them, and we all learn from each other. At the end of the day, we work as a team and we play as a team.