Sports Medicine Fellowships

Vanderbilt Sports Medicine is located in the Vanderbilt Orthopedic Institute on the campus of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.  We provide medical care to athletes of all ages and levels of competition from Tennessee and the surrounding regions and are official sports medicine providers for: 

  • Vanderbilt University NCAA Division I Athletics
  • Nashville Predators (NHL)
  • Nashville Sounds (Oakland Athletics AAA Baseball)
  • Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association
  • Metro Nashville Public Schools 

Dr. John E. Kuhn, Director of Sports Medicine, and the Vanderbilt Sports Medicine faculty, lead the sports medicine staff, which includes physical therapists and certified athletic trainers, in treating all athletic injuries and conditions.  

Two distinct but fully integrated and collaborative sports medicine fellowships are offered:

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery Fellowship
The Orthopaedic Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery Fellowship, under the direction of Dr. Charles L. Cox, MD, MPH, is a one-year program in which candidates actively participate in the coverage of SEC varsity and high school athletics.  Fellows focus on developing skills in all aspects of the musculoskeletal examination, ligament reconstruction, and arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, ankle, and elbow. Active participation in weekly didactic conferences on sports medicine topics and appropriate orthopedic resident conferences are encouraged.  Fellows also develop and complete a research project during the year for publication of results and findings.

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Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
The Vanderbilt Sports Medicine Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship program is a 1 year, ACGME accredited fellowship program, offered through the Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation.  

The program is certified through and supported by the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics.  

We offer 2 tracks; one for Emergency Medicine and another for Non-Emergency Medicine physicians.  We welcome applicants with backgrounds in:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medicine/ Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

In addition to the primary focus of learning musculoskeletal examination skills, fellows also focus on the systemic and general medical concerns of athletes such as exercise-induced asthma, cardiac conditions related to sports, nutritional guidance, wellness and performance optimization, injury prevention, and rehabilitation of injuries via appropriate training and therapy methods.  

Throughout the year, fellows in this program:

  • rotate in dedicated Pediatric Orthopedic clinics with both surgical and non-surgical faculty.  They also rotate in adult sports and general musculoskeletal clinics with Primary Care Sports Medicine faculty from all disciplines as well as Shoulder, Hand & Upper Extremity, Hip, Knee, and Foot & Ankle surgeons.
  • cover all levels of sport in a variety settings; providing both musculoskeletal and medical care to professional, SEC varsity, high school, and recreational athletes, with fellows having their own primary team coverage assignments
  • enjoy autonomy in their own athletic training room sessions each week
  • actively participate in weekly didactic conferences in primary care sports medicine and orthopedics

  • continue to work in their primary specialty (1 half day/week)
  • develop and complete an appropriate research and quality improvement project

  • ​submit presentations to and participate in national and regional sports medicine conferences

  • complete the Vanderbilt Sideline Medicine Pre-Season Preparation course for physicians, PTs, & ATCs
  • train in musculoskeletal ultrasound following the AMSSM, AIUM, and ESSR guidelines
  • learn to interpret ImPACT neurocognitive tests through the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center
  • complete the BMJ modules and receive supplementary instruction on ECG interpretation in athletes

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