Sports Medicine

Jersey Shore University Medical Center offers a one-year fellowship program in Sports Medicine through the Department of Pediatrics leading to eligibility for board certification in Sports Medicine. One position is available each year. This fully accredited training program is available for physicians trained in the primary care specialties of pediatrics, family practice, internal medicine, and emergency medicine.

The curriculum covers the full spectrum of preventive strategies as well as the diagnosis and management of injuries and conditions associated with sports activity. There are broad opportunities for event coverage in youth sports, high school interscholastic athletics, intercollegiate athletics, adult masters and recreational sports, Special Olympics, mass participation running races, large soccer tournaments, and among athletes with disabilities.

The Jersey Shore Sports Medicine Center sees patients of all ages with various musculoskeletal problems and medical conditions affecting participation. The Sports Medicine fellow, under faculty supervision, conducts pre-participation physical examinations at nine local youth sports organizations, high schools, and universities. The Sports Medicine fellow serves as team physician for one high school, providing coverage for all sports throughout the school year. In addition, extensive time is spent at two colleges and universities providing care to student-athletes. The fellow has a weekly continuity clinic in his or her primary field of medicine.

Other rotations include: occupational medicine, physical therapy, neuropsychology, podiatry, rheumatology, physiatry (PM&R), emergency medicine, pediatric orthopedics, orthopedic surgery, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, pulmonary function and pulmonary stress testing, radiology/diagnostic imaging, cardiac stress testing and cardiac rehabilitation, sports psychology, and nutrition. Frequent didactic lectures, tutorial sessions, and hands-on skill training sessions are integral to the fellowship learning experience. Each fellow conducts a research project during the year.

The program faculty have extensive experience in research and publishing research articles.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center has a full-time biostatistician on staff to assist in research design and statistical analysis. The fellow is expected to present research findings and case studies at local and/or national Sports Medicine meetings.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center's faculty for this program includes two pediatricians who are Diplomats in Sports Medicine from the American Board of Pediatrics.