University of Nebraska Medical Center

Fellowship Goals & Objectives

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at UNMC will produce graduates who master the unique set of knowledge, skills and attitudes that create a Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician.


The fellow will:

  1. Construct a comprehensive knowledge base regarding acute and chronic sports and non-operative musculoskeletal injuries, treatment of these injuries, strategies for treatment prevention.
  2. Expertly perform the musculoskeletal and neurologic physical exam, as well as procedure skills that enhance diagnosis and treatment of sports medicine and other non-operative musculoskeletal injuries.
  3. Demonstrate the clinical judgment needed to provide care in multiple setting including but not limited to a sports medicine clinic, an athletic training room, and coverage of sporting events.
  4. Communicate clearly, directly, and respectfully with athletes, athletes' families, referring physicians and all members of the sports medicine multidisciplinary health care team.
  5. Exhibit clinical acumen in making return to play decisions for the athletes that appropriately balance medical science, athlete's motivation, and the physician's ethical responsibility to their athlete patients.
  6. Promote the concept of “Exercise as Medicine” through health and wellness promotion along with ensuring safe exercise and sports participation with the appropriate use of pre-participation examinations and evidence-based screening test.
  7. Develop a mindset of “meeting their patients where they are” by creating and communicating diagnostic and treatment plans that considers the patient’s goals, health literacy, and social determinants of health.
  8. Submit scholarly activity (case presentation or original research) for presentation at a national Sports Medicine meeting. The fellow will write up this case (or another suitable clinical case) in a format suitable for publication.
  9. Successfully pass the exam for a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.
  10. Seek a job after graduation that is consistent with the fellow's personal values and career goals.