FMCH 7537: Sports Medicine

Course Availability:   2017-2018   2018-2019

General Information

Course Director:  Michael Broton, MD

Course Coordinator:  Brenda Dolejs,


MS Year:  MS3 or MS4

Periods offered:  All periods except S1, S2, S3, S4

Total credits (weeks):  4

Consent requirement:  No

Patient care:  Yes

Clinical site(s):  Students will be assigned to one of the following sites:

  • M Health Clinics and Surgery Center, 909 Fulton St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • Tria Orthopedic Center, 8100 Northland Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55431

Required session attendance:  

Typical weekly schedule:  Work may include evenings and weekends.  Schedules vary by site.


Required or Elective:  Elective

Limited to student type:  No

Prerequisites:  None

Course equivalency:  None

Open to visiting students:  No


Discipline(s):  Family Medicine & Community Health

Description:  Students will gain experience in the field of sports medicine including exposure to the disciplines of primary care sports medicine, orthopedic sports medicine, sports physical therapy, and athletic training. There will be opportunity for participation in the treatment of sports injuries and illnesses in the following venues:

  • Outpatient Sports Medicine Clinics with both Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Primary Care Sports Medicine Physicians.
  • Outpatient Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgical Procedures
  • NCAA Division III and high school training room clinics and game/event coverage when available
  • Sports Physical Therapy Rehabilitation
  • Introduction to radiographic evaluation of sports injuries

Course objectives:  The course will provide an opportunity for participants to evaluate and treat common sports medicine conditions encountered in the adolescent and adult population. Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Take a sports medicine history and perform a general and regional physical examination of the musculoskeletal system, including the ability to assess the extremities using special clinical examination techniques pertinent to the field of sports medicine.
  • Use of proper terminology to describe signs and symptoms, of common sports injuries.
  • Develop a differential diagnosis and the ability to evaluate the patient while outlining a plan to establish a proper diagnosis based on physical findings and utilization of pertinent laboratory, x-rays, and special studies.
  • Learn the appropriate treatment for common Sports Medicine conditions including the appropriate use of activity modification, physical therapy, medications, surgical intervention, and bracing, splinting and casting.
  • Understand the role of the following members of the Sports Medicine Team: Certified Athletic Trainer, Sports Physical Therapist, Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician and the Orthopedic Sports Surgeon.


Graded components:

  • Clinical assessment by attending
  • Case-based educational video

Grading scale:  H/E/S/N


An evaluation of the elective by the student will be set up in E*Value.


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