The Drexel University College of Medicine/Tower Health Sports Medicine Fellowship program offers a sound, balanced educational program that gives fellows a wide range of clinical knowledge. Fellows will develop the confidence to apply that knowledge throughout the fellowship and beyond. It is a broad-based program designed to offer the fellow opportunities to expand on prior experience, including ultrasound training, regenerative medicine and on-site (sideline) coverage. The one-year experience is centered on a series of primarily longitudinal educational activities designed to prepare the fellow for the successful practice of primary care sports medicine.
This academic fellowship program is based at Tower Health Chestnut Hill Hospital. Tower Health’s collaborative clinical excellence is leading the healthcare transformation — which means our communities have expanded access to advanced, comprehensive care by renowned physicians, when and where they need it. This helped Tower Health become the third largest healthcare system in Southeast Pennsylvania.
After a period of orientation lectures in the first block, the fellows' clinical experience is complemented by weekly didactic time that includes sports medicine and orthopedic lectures. Weekly journal clubs and dedicated research time round out the educational experience. Additionally, fellows participate in anatomy lab instruction, radiology conferences and research seminars. They take an active role in teaching medical students and residents and are expected to participate in local and national sports medicine conferences.
Drexel sports medicine fellows assist in the care of athletes from around the Philadelphia area.
As a primary care sports medicine fellow, you will have ample exposure to a diverse athletic population, including men and women of every age and athletic ability. You will also develop your expertise in diagnosing and managing medical illnesses and injuries related to sports and exercise including:
- Management of acute and chronic illness or injury
- Pre-participation evaluation
- Injury prevention
- Conditioning/exercise prescriptions (Exercise is Medicine™)
- Designing rehabilitation programs
- Team coverage:
- Two high school football teams
- Division I college sports at Drexel University
- Division II college sports at Chestnut Hill College and Lincoln University
- Penn State Brandywine and Temple University football
- Mass event coverage: Philadelphia Marathon, Rock and Roll Half Marathon, and College Rugby Championship
- MSK ultrasound procedures
- Treadmill testing for asthma, concussions and CECS
Clinical time for the fellow includes the following:
- One half-day per week of primary care clinic
- Office time with sports medicine faculty and sports orthopedists throughout the year
- Office time with hand specialists, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, musculoskeletal radiologists, pediatric orthopedists, strength and conditioning specialists and others
- Weekly training rooms at colleges
- High school, college and elite game coverage
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Please note that residents and fellows are employed by and insured by the hospital; they are not employees of Drexel University.