We are so excited you are interested in our program and joining our sports medicine family. Here at the MAHEC Sports Medicine Fellowship in Asheville, we pride ourselves on mentorship, scholarly opportunity, teaching, feedback, and work-life balance - all at an unbelievable location within an active outdoor community. Our vision is to be a leader in primary care sports medicine training and musculoskeletal care at a local and national level by training agents of change. This will be an outstanding year, and I invite you to be part of the sports medicine revolution.
After completing this fellowship, you will move forward with skills in:
MAHEC is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive place to work, learn, and receive care. We actively recruit physicians, staff, and students from underrepresented minorities, and we strive to implement policies and procedures that value and support diverse backgrounds and experiences. MAHEC does not discriminate on the basis of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, spiritual practice, geography, disability, or age.
Our goal at MAHEC Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in Asheville is to collaborate and provide outstanding care to patients and athletes across the 16 counties that comprise Western North Carolina. We strive to be a leader in primary care, sports medicine, and musculoskeletal care while being advocates for our patients and educators to the community.
Our program offers competitive salary and benefits; please click here for more details. We also provide the latest books and cover registration fees, travel, and accommodations to several conclaves and CME events, including AMSSM Annual Conference.
Our curriculum is longitudinal and rotates on a 6 month cycle with elective time built in to meet your individual learning needs.
Fellows will be the primary team physicians at UNCA and WWC, where they will do weekly training rooms and provide medical coverage for soccer, basketball and any other teams they choose. Fellows will also be assigned a high school football team and will provide medical coverage at home and away games. Finally, fellows will provide medical coverage for several mass participation endurance running and triathlon events.
Fellows also have the option to cover WCU Football, Asheville Tourists, Asheville City Soccer Club, Asheville Rugby Football Club based on their individual sports interests.
|July-Dec Fellow 1||Monday||Tuesday||Wednesday||Thursday||Friday|
|AM||Boykin (Emerge)||Continuity Clinic (MAHEC)||Knapp (MAHEC)||Alejandro(Emerge)/ 1 hour radiology time per month||Knapp US (MAHEC)|
|PM||Fisher (AOA)||Raustol (Mission)/Rotation||Training Room (Asheville High/UNCA)||Atkinson (MAHEC)||Warren Wilson Training Room/Didactics/Research|
|Jan-June Fellow 1||Monday||Tuesday||Wednesday||Thursday||Friday|
|AM||Knapp US/Healthy Living with Stitchel(MAHEC)||Continuity Clinic (MAHEC)||Knapp (MAHEC)||Atkinson US (MAHEC)||Riley (Emerge)/1 hour radiology time per month|
|PM||Judkins (Emerge)||Hales (AOA)/Rotation||Training Room (Asheville High/UNCA)||Shea (Emerge)||Warren Wilson Training Room/Didactics|
|July-Dec Fellow 2||Monday||Tuesday||Wednesday||Thursday||Friday|
|AM||Knapp US/Healthy Living with Stitchel (MAHEC)||Continuity Clinic (MAHEC)||Knapp (MAHEC)||Atkinson US (MAHEC)||Riley (Emerge)/1 hour radiology time per month|
|PM||Judkins (Emerge)||Hales US (AOA)/Rotation||Training Room- (Erwin/UNCA)||Shea (Emerge)||Warren Wilson Training room/Didactics/Research|
|Jan-June Fellow 2||Monday||Tuesday||Wednesday||Thursday||Friday|
|AM||Boykin (Emerge)||Continuity Clinic (MAHEC)||Knapp (MAHEC)||Alejandro(Emerge)/ 1 hour radiology time per month||Knapp US|
|PM||Fisher (AOA)||Raustol(Mission)/Rotation||Training Room- (Erwin/UNCA)||Atkinson (MAHEC)||Warren Wilson Training Room/Didactics|
Thank you for your interest in our MAHEC Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. We have a short elective rotation available to visiting residents. If you would like to learn more, please contact the program administrator at Amanda.Espinel@mahec.net. We look forward to hearing from you!
This ambulatory clinic provides a wide variety of experiences. Athletes of all ages receive care at MAHEC for acute as well as chronic injury and related illnesses. The fellows provide care with supervision from attending physicians. The MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore has on-site X-ray, casting rooms, and a lab that allows for full-spectrum care.
Each sports medicine fellow will be assigned weekly continuity sports medicine clinics working in conjunction with primary care sports medicine physicians.
This ambulatory clinic provides a wide variety of experiences. AOA has a walk-in, same-day urgent care clinic seeing a large volume of patients and staffed by a primary care sports medicine fellowship trained physician. Fellows work primarily under direct and indirect supervision with primary care sports medicine physicians as well as orthopaedic surgeons. They will have a weekly procedural clinic that utilizes ultrasound-guided procedures. The fellows also provide on-site coverage in conjunction with physicians from this practice, including sporting events for athletes from multiple local Asheville high schools as well as the Asheville Tourists—the minor league affiliate for the Colorado Rockies. This includes coverage of both on-site competition as well as follow-up clinic visits. Mass participation events are conducted through Mission Sports Medicine.
This ambulatory clinic provides a wide variety of experiences. Students from multiple local high schools receive care at EmergeOrtho for acute as well as chronic musculoskeletal injury. EmergeOrtho has a very robust walk-in, same-day urgent care clinic seeing a large volume of patients and staffed by two primary care sports medicine fellowship trained physicians. EmergeOrtho is a large orthopaedic practice staffed by physicians, many of whom have completed sports medicine/specialty-specific fellowships. The fellows provide care with supervision from attending physicians.
This ambulatory clinic provides a wide variety of experiences. The rotation will primarily be with Dr. James Hoski, a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in the operative and non-operative care of spinal/brain conditions. Some of the athletes seen in this clinical setting have suffered repetitive head injuries and complex concussions. Fellows provide care with supervision from attending physicians.
This ambulatory clinic experience will primarily be affiliated with Dr. Thomas Rehm, who is a podiatrist specializing in the operative and non-operative care of foot and ankle problems. Dr. Rehm has specific interest in foot and ankle issues in athletes. Fellows provide care with supervision from attending physicians.
This clinic site will provide primarily an outpatient radiologic experience. Fellows learn in an indirect manner through the interpretation of radiologic studies. They will also be exposed to interventional radiology in the observation of higher level radiologic-guided procedures. Fellows will be paired exclusively with one musculoskeletal radiologist throughout their rotation. There will be no direct exposure to sporting events, team sports, or mass participation events in this rotation. Throughout the year, there will be monthly multispecialty cased-based radiology reviews.
Mission Hospital is a tertiary care hospital located in Asheville, NC providing both inpatient and outpatient services to the greater Western North Carolina counties and surrounding region. Mission Hospital and Mission Children’s is the location of our pediatric orthopedic attending Dr. Ole Raustol.
This ambulatory clinic site will provide primarily an outpatient physical therapy experience. Fellows will be integrated into the clinic setting in both an observational and direct patient care role. Sporting events and team sports will not be included in clinical expectations; however, fellows will participate in community awareness, education, and performance camps affiliated with the group involving athletes from local primary schools. Fellows will work with Dr. Brian Lawler.
The fellows will interact with Scott Socha, certified pedorthist, primarily in an outpatient clinical environment gaining experience and exposure to gait/foot analysis and foot orthotic fabrication. Preceptors will interact with fellows on a 1:1 basis. The parent organization hosts many local races and mass participation events for which the fellows will have opportunities to participate in, or cover, from a medical perspective.
This ambulatory clinic site will provide an outpatient physical therapy experience. Fellows will be integrated into the clinic setting in a primary observational role. Sporting events and team sports will not be included in clinical expectations; however, fellows will participate in community awareness and education affiliated with this rotation site. The fellows will work with Miriam Salloum, MPT, COMT, OCS. This rotation site sees predominantly high-level running athletes. Fellows will gain exposure to myofascial treatment modalities, dry needling, and gait analysis, among other treatment approaches.
This ambulatory clinic site will provide an outpatient physical therapy experience. Fellows will be integrated into the clinic setting in a primary observational role. Sporting events and team sports will not be included in clinical expectations; however, fellows will participate in community awareness and education affiliated with this rotation site. The fellows will work with Wes Miller, PT, FAAOMPT. This rotation site sees predominantly high-level athletes. Fellows will gain exposure to myofascial treatment modalities, dry needling, and gait analysis, among other treatment approaches.
This ambulatory clinic provides a wide variety of experiences. The patient population includes the general collegiate student as well as scholarship and club student-athletes. Patients are seen on a walk-in basis; however, there will be a continuity established with appropriate follow-up. At this site, fellows will gain exposure to general medical problems in the collegiate student-athlete. Fellows will provide on-site coverage in conjunction with team physicians for UNC Asheville. Fellows are assigned continuity teams for which they regularly provide care. They also attend weekly training room sessions at which they will see injuries from multiple sports with oversight by attending physicians in conjunction with staff athletic trainers.
This ambulatory clinic provides a wide variety of optional coverage experiences. The patient population includes primary scholarship student-athletes.The fellows have the option to work with WCU team physicians to help coordinate care with former MAHEC sports medicine fellow Dr. Josh Wu and can cover any desired sporting events.
The ambulatory clinic provides a wide variety of experiences. The patient population includes student-athletes involved in basketball, cross-country, soccer, swimming, tennis, and cycling. Fellows provide training room services under the supervision of the team physicians every other week. Fellows will have the opportunity to provide on-site coverage for a fall sport of their choosing.
Fellows are expected to participate in scholarly and academic development activities during their fellowship. They will learn about research basics, utilizing evidence-based medicine for daily practice, faculty development, and quality improvement methods including LEAN methodology. Fellows will work together with faculty to plan and implement a QI project and longitudinal research project with Dr. Knapp. Her research centers on equity in sports medicine, disordered eating, childhood obesity, and body image in sports. Dr. Knapp has received grant money for her research including the AMSSM Young Investigator Award. Dedicated time for projects is carved out during the academic year, and support will be provided during that time by Dr. Knapp and our growing research department. Projects are meant to be collaborative, and fellows will have the opportunity to work with other fellowships in the region.
We hope to support you in your academic development as well as with teaching and writing opportunities as our faculty are experienced authors and presenters. They have written chapters in Netter’s Sports Medicine, and presented locally to the national level at AMSSM. We are here to support your academic and scholarly development to prepare you for presentations at AMSSM and beyond fellowship.
Teaching is a priority for our program. Our goal is for fellows to learn from excellent teachers, and to develop their own teaching skills during their fellowship year. Our fellows will participate in teaching residents, medical students, and high school students during various didactic and clinical opportunities.
We recognize the intersectionality of equity. We have created a systematic approach using AAMC guidelines to improve equity in the interview process and tracking our results. Click each image to view larger.
We have created QI and Research projects following the Robert Wood Johnson Roadmap for providing more equitable care LINK with interventions to help change systems in our organization. Several presentations and published abstracts presenting data at AMSSM below.
We invite you to apply to our program via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We will review your application and contact you if we wish to invite you for an interview. Typically, our interview season runs from late-September through October.
Applicants must have satisfactorily completed a family medicine, internal medicine, pediatric, physical medicine and rehabilitation, or emergency medicine residency program; have DEA certification; and be eligible to obtain a license to practice medicine in North Carolina through the NC Medical Board.
Applicants will be required to submit:
All graduates of foreign medical schools must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency, must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and must meet all Visa Qualifying Examination (VQE) or Foreign Medical Graduate Exam in the Medical Sciences (FMGEMS) requirements prior to application. MAHEC will accept resident physicians who have been issued a J-1 Visa through the ECFMG and who hold a current ECFMG Certificate. H1-B visas are not sponsored at MAHEC.
Questions regarding the international/foreign medical graduates' process should be directed to the GME office at 828-257-4769 or firstname.lastname@example.org.