Primary Care Sports Medicine
Kyle J. Cassas, MD, FACSM, FAAFP
We appreciate your interest in our sports medicine fellowship program. This is a one-year post-graduate fellowship program for primary care physicians from accredited residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, med/peds, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and emergency medicine.Our program has one of the largest core groups of primary care sports medicine faculty in the country including five Family Medicine physicians, three Emergency Medicine physicians, and one Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician. This diverse group of faculty creates and fosters an environment of critical thinking with an integrative relationship amongst orthopaedic surgery, physical therapy, and sports performance. Beyond our faculty other strengths of our program include state of the art facilities, significant variety and volume of clinical patients and sports medicine experiences for our fellows.
Areas unique to our program include an integrative learning experience with the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas Orthopaedic Fellowship Program, the Proaxis Physical Therapy Sports Residency Program and Acceleration Sports Performance Institute. Fellows are also able to spend hands-on time in anatomy dissections in both the Hawkins Foundation Bioskills Lab and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville Anatomy Lab. During these lab sessions the fellows are able to practice and gain competence in ultrasound-guided injections of the shoulder, elbow, hand/wrist, hip, and knee using cadaver specimens. Our fellows are also able to learn about clinically-orientated Exercise Physiology and Human Performance with our faculty from both Furman University and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville.
Fellows gain significant hands-on training in the care of athletes of all skill levels-high school, collegiate, and professional. The Greenville Health System and Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine also have one of the largest athletic training programs in the country with 41 athletic trainers at 52 locations within the Upstate providing care to over 19,000 athletes each year at 24 high schools, 25 middle schools, 1 College, and 2 parks and recreation departments.
Our fellowship opportunities and experiences will develop fellow’s leadership skills and distinguish themselves in the sports medicine community. Our graduates are well equipped to immediately begin a sports medicine career in non-operative orthopedics, primary care sports medicine, or as a team physician at any level. I encourage you to look through our informative website and look forward to meeting you in the future!