Fellowship Programs

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  • Sports Medicine Fellowship

    This fellowship offers a unique post-doctoral educational opportunity for physicians trained in primary care specialties.

    Dr. Christopher Boston
    Dr. Christopher Boston

    Our program is the only primary care fellowship in sports medicine offered in Mississippi. It is one of approximately 120 such programs in the United States. Our program accepts one fellow each year. The fellowship is 12 months in length and begins on July 1 of each year.

    There are highly qualified primary care physicians who finish residency or PMNR training in family medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine or internal medicine who desire to have certification in sports medicine. Having a sports medicine fellowship at UMMC enables physicians with interest in primary care sports medicine to remain in Mississippi for this training. In addition, physicians from programs over the entire U.S. are encouraged to apply for the position offered each year.

    How to apply

    Dr. Brian Tollefson
    Dr. Brian Tollefson

    Since our program participates in the sports medicine match program through NRMP, interested candidates must register for the match in the fall of the last year of residency training. Physicians who have completed a primary care residency program and are board-certified are also eligible to apply.

    The application of the fellowship is available through the American Society of Sports Medicine website and accepted through ERAS and must be submitted between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1 of each year. Interviews are offered in November and December. The match date for the sports medicine fellowship is usually in January. For more information, call (601) 984-5425.

    Contact us

    For more information about the fellowship program, contact:

    • Christopher D. Boston, MD
              Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
              Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine
              Phone: (601) 984-5425
              E-mail: cboston2@umc.edu
    •  Brian Tollefson, MD, FACEP, RDMS
              CAQ Sports Medicine
              Director, Emergency Ultrasound
              Co-Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
              Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
              Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery 
                  & Rehabilitation
              Phone: (601) 984-5425
              E-mail: btollefson@umc.edu

    University of Mississippi Medical Center

    The University of Mississippi Medical Center provides an academic setting for the fellowship program. The availability of expertise in all areas of medicine and surgery provides ample support for any injury or illness one may encounter in sports medicine.

    The sports medicine fellow will function primarily in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery clinics two days each week, in his/her area of specialty one and one-half days per week, and one day a week in the UMMC Department of Family Medicine sports medicine clinic. One day each week is dedicated to didactic and self-directed learning and Belhaven University and high school training room rounds.

    The fellow will not have call responsibilities with other residents. However, the fellow will be available for event coverage most nights of the week. The fellow will be limited to less than 80 hours per week with at least one day of each week without fellowship responsibilities.

    Upon successful completion of the program, the fellow will be eligible to sit for the CAQ examination in sports medicine through the American Board of Family Physicians. The salary offered for the fellowship is the PGY4 salary and includes all the benefits thereof. Eighteen days of personal leave and time off for the annual meeting of the American Society of Sports Medicine is provided.  In addition to the personal leave allowed, there are 14 UMMC holidays, including one floating holiday which may be taken at any time during the fiscal year (July-June) pending supervisor approval.

    High school and health care disparities

    Sports medicine fellows will provide care to student athletes in inner-city Jackson schools. University Sports Medicine has made a commitment to have a presence at Lanier and Provine high schools by assigning an ATC to each school. We also provide sports medicine coverage for several schools in the surrounding area.

    The fellow will be assigned to cover games for these schools frequently throughout the year. We have developed health education workshops in two schools. The fellow will be on-site in these schools once a week throughout the year providing medical care, education and inspiration to aspiring young people for health care careers. Fellows will also have teaching responsibilities for students and residents who are rotating on sports medicine.

    College athletes and student health

    The sports medicine fellow will experience caring for collegiate athletes primarily at Belhaven University. Belhaven University has more than 350 athletes in competitive sports and an internationally acclaimed dance program. Sports include football, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, tennis, golf and cross-country running.

    Inter-institutional interaction between UMMC and Belhaven University provides a healthy academic environment for learning and opportunities for research.

    Professional sports and community events

    Sports medicine fellows will be involved in the care of local professional sports (Mississippi Braves,) and major sports events (Dixie National Rodeo, Viking Classic PGA tour, Mississippi Blues Marathon) in the Jackson area.

    Rural health care

    Sports medicine fellows will see clinic patients at the Madison Specialty Clinic in Canton, providing consulting service for orthopedic and sports medicine care for rural Mississippi.