Sports Medicine Division | Fellowship Responsibilities

Both primary care and orthopedic sports medicine fellows are required to be involved in two writing projects during their fellowship; one peer reviewed and one non-peer reviewed.

Topics will be decided and assigned with Dr. d'Hemecourt and Dr. Micheli at the beginning of the fellowship. Each fellow will also be assigned an administrative project to be completed over the course of the fellowship. Past projects have included creation of post operative Instruction sheets, web page design, and billing sheet revamping.

All fellows carry a beeper during the day and are responsible for sports emergencies that present during clinic hours. Fellows have on-call responsibilities several times throughout the month as well. In the past, emergency calls have been infrequent and have not been a source of great time expenditure for fellows.

Fellows may occasionally have a local medical student or resident from an area hospital shadowing them in clinic for the day. This is part of our commitment as a teaching hospital, to afford residents and medical students the opportunity to be exposed to their areas of interest.

As part of both the primary care and orthopedic sports medicine fellowship curriculum, it is required for the fellow to provide team physician coverage for several off-site local, national and international sporting and performing arts events. It is the responsibility of the fellow to make themselves available for this coverage, on an as needed basis up to 2-3 times per week at peak season.

You will need to have a car during your fellowship, as clinical coverage is, in addition to being at Boston Children's Hospital, at two satellite locations of Boston Children's Hospital, located in Lexington and Waltham, Massachusetts. Both are approximately 10 miles from the main hospital and not accessible by public transportation.

As part of both the primary care and orthopedic sports medicine fellowship curriculum, the Sports Medicine Fellow is required to attend the following weekly and monthly conferences:

•   Weekly sports medicine conferences
•   Monthly sports medicine conferences
•   New England Baptist Hospital lectures
•   New England Baptist Hospital journal club
•   Orthopedic Grand Rounds
•   Radiology conferences
•   Boston Children's Hospital journal club

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow

The primary care sports medicine fellow has the direct responsibility for coverage of sports medicine clinics and may wish to spend additional time with other orthopedic clinics during the week such as the scoliosis clinic. If needed, he/she assists in surgery one half day per week. 

As part of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship curriculum, the fellow is encouraged to attend the Annual American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Team Physician Course. Your travel and accommodation expenses are reimbursed by the Boston Children's Hospital Division of Sports Medicine.

As a primary care fellow, your first priority is your fellowship. There is the opportunity to moonlight, however, the volume of moonlighting shifts you are allowed to do will be determined by the program directors. Typically fellows are allowed to do two shifts per month. This is subject to change at any time.

The primary care fellows also do 1/2 day per week in their area of primary care training which is usually in the Northeastern University Health Center or the ER at Boston Children's Hospital. 

The Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellow

The orthopedic sports medicine fellow will participate in surgical cases on a rotating basis with our five attending orthopedic surgeons including director, Dr. Lyle Micheli. As recommended by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS), a fellowship in general should not be designed in such a way as to compete with the basic residency training and the technical aspects of surgery, but there is plenty of opportunity to scrub and assist with surgery, including arthroscopy, ACL reconstruction, shoulder repair, etc. Each fellow participates in approximately 1,000 operations per year and spends 1.5-2 days in clinic per week. 

There is ample opportunity for both the primary care and orthopedic fellows to become involved in either basic or clinical research. In particular, the fellow may become involved with some of the ongoing clinical investigations being carried out in sports medicine or spinal deformities, which are our areas of most active interest. In addition, fellows are often invited to become involved in the preparation of manuscripts on orthopedic and/or sports medicine topics. 

The fellows will participate in an exam given by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), in April of their fellowship year. The exam is multiple choice and can be taken at your convenience. The exam takes approximately four hours. 

Event coverage

•   Boston Ballet: (all performances and transition dance therapy program at BB studio)
•   Fleet Boston Celebrity Series: (all dance companies and performing artists)
•   World Music/Crash Arts Series: (all dance companies and performing artists)
•   Rockettes: Radio City Christmas Spectacular
•   Broadway Musical Shows: (Lion King/Moving Out/Hairspray/Mama Mia etc.)
•   Cirque du Soleil: 2004 VAREKAI / 2002 QUIDAM / 2001 DRALION
•   Ailey Dance Camp Boston: physician health care consultants
•   U.S. Figure Skating: local, national, international competitions and team physician coverage 
•   Skating Club of Boston: Annual ICE CHIPS Spectacular 
•   Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center

-   ECAC Indoor Track & Field Championships
-   NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships
-   Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships
-   Reebok Indoor Games

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•   BAA Jimmy Fund Walkstrong>
•   Tufts Health Plan 10K for Womenstrong>
•   J.P Morgan/Chase Corporate Challenge Road Racestrong>
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•   Bay State Games:

medical director for summer games

•   coordinate physician coverage for contests
•   Boston Children's Hospital is designated trauma center
•   annual Bay State Games Sports Medicine Symposium

Harvard Summer Sports Camps:

•   Medical Advisor and referrals

Boston Public Schools Sports Medicine Initiative:

•   Provide Physician coverage for BPS Football contests
•   Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program

Team Physician & Affiliated School Coverage:

•   Babson College
•   Boston College
•   Boston Latin School
•   Boston Public Schools
•   Brookline High School
•   Eastern Nazarene College
•   Emmanuel College
•   Fairhaven High School
•   Fessenden School
•   Lasell College
•   Lexington Christian Academy
•   Lexington Minuteman High School
•   Northeastern University
•   Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center
•   Roxbury Community College
•   Walnut Hill School
•   The Winsor School