A Day In The Life

Didactics

Primary Care Sports Medicine CAQSM Prep Core Lectures (Fri 12-1pm, July-June)

We have adopted a more learner-centered, active learning approach to be discussed with Dr Kerr at orientation for the last couple of years. This will entail obtaining the ACSM Sports Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide text book and following guidance for which chapters to read.

For each week on the schedule above, the fellow will be expected to read the relevant chapters (typically 3) prior to the Friday noon didactic time. Didactic time will plan to discuss 2-3 of the topics in greater depth, either through case discussion, a short lecture or review of board style questions. This will be performed in conjunction with other fellowships in the New England region, likely via Zoom or Webex.

Initially these didactic sessions will be led by faculty, however as fellows become familiar with the process they will be expected to lead didactic sessions each week. It is anticipated that with 15 fellows in the region, leading a topic discussion will be an expectation every other month.

AMSSM National Lecture Series (Tues-Thurs, Aug-June)

Dr Kerr serves on the AMSSM education committee subcommittee for online education. In August 2020, AMSSM began a national lecture series which hosts an online lecture from a national leader in sports medicine each week for the benefit of fellows.

AMSSM Research & Leadership Workshop for Sports Medicine Fellows (July)

Attendance at this conference is voluntary. Some years it has conflicted with the weekend of the Lake Placid Ironman. For 2020, it is being hosted virtually. Dr Kerr serves on the faculty for the conference. It includes instruction on:

  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical research methodology
  • Study design
  • Grant preparation
  • Preparation of protocols for institutional review board
  • Principles of evidence-based medicine/ Critical literature review
  • Teaching skills

Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

In the 1st few weeks of fellowship, faculty will orientate the fellow to use of diagnostic & therapeutic (injection guidance) musculoskeletal ultrasound. The principal means to do this is accessing the European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology Ultrasound technical guidelines which explain how to perform a diagnostic ultrasound of each joint. Faculty will reference this material which can be reviewed while practicing diagnostic ultrasounds.

The AMC PCSM fellow also has the opportunity to participate in ultrasound training through access to the AMSSM website which has 35 tutorials available free of charge. Additionally there will be regularly scheduled webinars available through AMSSM/AIUM.

The fellow typically attends an ultrasound course in the 2nd half of fellowship with cadavers run by Andy Getzin MD at Ithaca College. Dr Shatynski is on the course faculty.

Other Didactics (Orthopedics & Family Medicine)

  • Orthopaedics Journal Club ( 3rd Mon of month 6-7pm, Buca De Beppo restaurant)
  • Orthopaedics Grand Rounds (Wed 7-8am, CROA Site #2)
  • Orthopaedics Sports Indications/Case Management conf (Thurs 7-8am, AMC)
  • Anatomy Lab Cadaver Dissection (Mon 8-10am July-Sept, AMC)
  • Family Medicine Grand Rounds (Thurs 12-5pm, AMC)

Event Coverage

The AMC PCSM fellow is expected to provide game coverage for all Siena Women’s home soccer and basketball games, plus Men’s lacrosse home games. Dr Kerr will ask the fellow to cover some Men’s soccer and basketball games on an individual basis.

  • University of Albany Football

The AMC PCSM fellow is expected to attend all the fall season home games for University of Albany football (required), and away games if possible (optional).

 

  • High School Game Coverage
    • Optional, discuss with Orthopedic Chief Resident

 

  • Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference & NCAA Tournament(s)
    • TBD based on year, Albany was a 1st/2nd round venue for NCAA men’s basketball in 2020 prior to COVID pandemic cancelling this

 

  • Ski Mountain Clinics
    • Windham Mountain (optional)
    • Whiteface Mountain Feb 2020 x 3-5 days during President’s Week

 

  • Mass Participation/Race Event Coverage
    • Hudson Mohawk River Marathon (October 11th 2020)
      • Fellows must participate in race organization meetings preceding race
      • This should be discussed with Dr Todd Shatynski (race director)
    • Lake Placid Ironman (typically July, cancelled for 2020)
      • This requires attendance at a didactic series preparing Fellows for the tent (Will still be Friday 28th August 2020 despite race being cancelled)

 

  • Rugby Coverage (optional)
    • Local Tournaments/State Tournament
    • University of Albany Rugby
    • Capital District Youth Rugby
    • USA Rugby

Game and event coverage is a mandatory component of sports medicine fellowship. It is the fellow’s responsibility to be aware of the game and events they are assigned to cover. The fellowship program coordinator will try and provide information on the AMC PCSM Fellow’s Outlook calendar as far in advance as possible. However, given that schedules can change, the Fellow should review with athletic training staff and on the school’s website weekly. The schedule will be reviewed periodically at Sports Medicine Operations meetings (Monday 12:30-1:00pm at AMC Cohoes).

Optional coverage opportunities exist for High School football; Ski Mountain coverage at Windham; rugby coverage at various levels from youth rugby to elite, professional rugby. Fellows are encouraged to seek as broad an experience as possible during their 12 month fellowship, hence should make every effort to attend optional activities offered as their schedule permits.

If collegiate sports are disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, alternative sports coverage may be sought. Previous fellows have participated in Children’s Winter Games, biathlon, boxing, ice hockey, wrestling and many other sports and events which occur regionally. These opportunities should be discussed with the Program Director, particularly if the fellow has a particular interest in coverage of a specific sport as a career goal/objective.

Mass Event Coverage @ Ironman Lake Placid

Mass Event Coverage @ Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon

Division 1 NCAA Sports Coverage @ Siena College

Conferences

Medical Student Teaching