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The course will focus on a multi-disciplinary approach to the sports medicine practice. The student will be involved in contact with patients who have acute and chronic sports medicine injuries as well as high performing athletes. Patient experience will come from various sports medicine clinics in Indianapolis. In addition, training room sessions are available at local high schools in the Indianapolis Metropolitan area. The medical student will also be involve in community amateur and professional sporting events, in which they will have the opportunity to perform pre-assessment evaluations, deal with acute injuries first-hand, and become familiar with concussive diagnostic procedures.  During the clinical encounter the student will be trained on how to obtain a detailed sports history, perform appropriate musculoskeletal physicals, interpret imaging, and provide a viable plan or care. Certain procedures observed will be basic steroid injections, ultrasound guided procedures, and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Injections.  Training sessions will also involve athletic training staff, physical therapists, and casting clinic. Each student will be required to select an area of sports medicine to investigate during their period of rotation and present at the end of the rotation to the Course Director.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Natalie Rollman (fammeded@iupui.edu)

Director: Arnold Henry, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Methodist Hospital Sports Medicine

Learning Objectives

    1. Demonstrate competence in obtaining a pertinent history and physical in order to identify a patient's musculoskeletal impairment (PC1)
    2. Demonstrate the ability to interpret imaging data pertinent to sports-related injuries (MK3)
    3. Employ an appropriate plan of care to manage and treat a patient's condition (PC3)
    4. Competently participate in sideline events by identifying and managing acute sideline injuries (PC3)
    5. Demonstrate the ability to apply patient-centered rehabilitation techniques for acute and chronic musculoskeletal disabilities (PC3)
    6. Describe patient-centered rehabilitation techniques that are appropriate for acute versus chronic musculoskeletal disabilities. (MK4)


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Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 20% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: CP- Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

PRIMARY CONTACT FOR ADDS/DROPS: Natalie Rollman (fammeded@iupui.edu) Elective open to students from all campuses; however, housing is not provided. 

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description:

Interprofessional collaboration for physical therapy ~1-2 half days per week

Service Learning Included: None