Nicole Yedlinsky, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP, RMSK
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University of Kansas Health System
Sports Medicine & Performance Center
This Primary Care Sports Medicine (PCSM) fellowship is a twelve-month program sponsored by the University of Kansas Health System as a collaborative effort between the Sports Medicine division and the Family Medicine Residency Program.
Fellows will be based in the Primary Care Sports Medicine clinic and spend time in a fellow's clinic supervised by PCSM faculty and with different orthopedic specialties.
Further clinical experience will be gained in athletic training rooms and on the sideline at high school and collegiate levels. Fellows will benefit from The University of Kansas Health System's partnership with the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs.
Required and elective rotations will also be completed with other clinical services, including musculoskeletal radiology, to develop a well-rounded education. The fellowship is accredited by the ACGME.
Fellows will have their own clinic based out of the University of Kansas Health System's Sports Medicine and Performance Center at the Indian Creek Campus. Two and a half days a week, fellows will evaluate and care for their own patients and be precepted by each of the members of the Primary Care Sports Medicine faculty.
The faculty will be available on site to review cases with the fellow and supervise procedures, including ultrasound guided injections. We see a wide array of primary care sports medicine complaints, including musculoskeletal injuries, medical issues related to exercise and sports participation, and concussion.
The PCSM fellowship has a longitudinal curriculum where the fellow alternates between orthopedic subspecialties, musculoskeletal radiology, and electives. Rotations include working with sports orthopedic surgeons and other orthopedic specialty clinics, including elbow, hand/wrist, and foot/ankle.
Fellows will be assigned as team physician to a local high school contracted with The University of Kansas Health System. They will spend one afternoon a week seeing student athletes in the training room working with a certified athletic trainer then attend football or other practices.
They will also spend one day a week at KU Athletics in Lawrence, Kansas, seeing Division-I collegiate athletes and in training room under the direction of the head team physician for the University of Kansas. As part of this collegiate experience, the fellow will be on the sideline for home football games and other athletic events as determined by the head team physician.
The fellow will be scheduled one half day per week at the University of Kansas Health System's Med West campus providing primary care and urgent care services to private patients. Family Medicine faculty will be on site to review cases as needed.
Fellows will learn ultrasound through a longitudinal comprehensive curriculum in our program. There are ultrasounds available at all sports clinics. Musculoskeletal ultrasound is used in the clinic for diagnostic purposes and ultrasound guided procedures and injections. The fellow will receive training from the faculty and have opportunities to administer ultrasound guided injections on their patients with direct supervision. Fellows will gain enough experience to earn RMSK certification through APCA by the end of fellowship year.
Fellows will have opportunities to provide physician coverage at a variety of different athletic events. Primary responsibility is to cover all home and away football games at the assigned high school and other events such as wrestling tournaments or other tournaments hosted by the high school. All home football games and other events requested by the head team physician at the University of Kansas will also be covered by the fellow.
The fellow will assist in pre-participation physicals offered to the contracted high schools as directed by the program director and medical director of youth sports medicine. Other coverage opportunities arise and, in the past, have included NCAA and Big 12 events, US Figure Skating Championships, US Gymnastics Championships, and other events at our contracted sites.
The Center for Concussion Management works in conjunction with the Sports Medicine Division as an interdisciplinary team to provide concussion care. Fellows will learn a multifaceted approach for concussion diagnosis and management, including the use of ImPACT neurocognitive testing.
The Sports Medicine Clinic sees a diverse athletic population and works closely with the school districts that are contracted with the health system.
The fellow has one half day a week dedicated to work on a research or special project and any other scholarly activity. Project and research ideas can be developed with input from the fellowship director and the Research and Education Committee, which meets every other month. Fellows are expected to present their research or special project at a regional or national meeting. Fellows may also assist faculty with ongoing research projects or use the time to continue previous research of their own.
Physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists within the Sports Medicine division meet monthly to review journal articles and discuss current topics. The PCSM fellow is responsible for choosing and reviewing an article, with input from the Program Director, and then presenting to the group at these meetings.
There is no call, but availability to the athletic training staff is highly encouraged.