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2023-2024 Electives



This elective is designed to provide the student with exposure to sports medicine as an extension of practice in family medicine. The focus will be on common musculoskeletal injuries and conditions in children, adolescents, and adults with an emphasis on learning a thorough joint exam of the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, and back. The student will also learn treatment options for common musculoskeletal injuries, including joint injections and the role of physical therapy. Non-musculoskeletal sports injuries such as concussions will also be discussed. Use of Musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnosis and procedures will be taught as well.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Natalie O’Neal (onealn@iu.edu)

Director: Jeffrey Wang, M.D.

Campus: West Lafayette

Location: IU Health Arnett Westside Family Medicine, IU Health Arnett Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (Lafayette)

Open Enrollment or Permission Required?: Permission Required

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Perform the musculoskeletal exam of the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, and back (PC1)
  • 2) Read plain films and musculoskeletal MRIs, with assistance (PC2)
  • 3) Explain the role of physical therapy/therapeutic exercise in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems (MK4)
  • 4) Explain indications for/appropriate choices of injectable therapies and demonstrate proper injection technique, with assistance (MK6)
  • 5) Discuss the role of the sideline physician and the coordination of event coverage with support staff, if unable to witness sideline experience. Otherwise, participate in sideline coverage, if available. (SBP1)
  • 6) Demonstrate sound clinical reasoning around diagnosis and treatment of common acute and chronic causes of musculoskeletal complaints (PC2, PC3)


Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (observation, oral exam, oral presentation, discussion with faculty, etc.)


The student will spend 2 days/week in sports medicine clinic and 2 days/week in a traditional family practice setting (32 hours per week). There will also be opportunity to attend high school sporting events depending on the season/sports schedule.

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Rotation:


Duty Hours: 32

Time Distribution: 100% clinical

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH Contact Natalie O’Neal (oneal17@purdue.edu) 8 weeks prior to enrollment.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None