|Fellowship Highlight: Sports Medicine |
| Rachel Welbel, MS, MD |
AAPM&R RPC Board Residency Program Liaison
PGY3—New York Presbyterian Hospital
Ethan Rand, MD
2015-2016 Sports Medicine Fellow at New York Presbyterian Hospital
New York Presbyterian Hospital offers a 1 year ACGME-accredited sports medicine fellowship. Training includes collaboration with many related departments, a sports medicine didactic schedule, pre-participation, training room, and mass-event coverage. The program currently offers 1 spot per year.
Dr. Welbel: What made you decide to pursue a sports medicine fellowship? Any specific rotations during residency?
Dr. Rand: I enjoyed most of my rotations in residency, but there are definitely rotations where you wake up excited to go to work, find yourself researching and reading about topics at length before and after work, and can't get enough of it. There are rotations where you do not just go in early and stay late because it is the right thing to do for patients, or to enhance your knowledge, but simply because you find it fascinating and love it. That's sports medicine for me. I wanted to learn more, further develop my knowledge of musculoskeletal and regenerative medicine, the role of exercise in health and wellbeing, learn how to care for athletes of all ages, and further develop my ultrasound and fluoroscopy skills.
Dr. Welbel: What has been the most rewarding experience during fellowship so far?
Dr. Rand: I have really enjoyed being able to finally dedicate all of my time toward developing an expertise in the area of PM&R that I plan to focus my career. Training can be tricky at times. PM&R is a great field because it really gives you a broad perspective during your training that you can later apply to any specific area you choose to focus on. However, it can be challenging in residency to transition every month or two between different specialties. I often had a sense that as soon I was feeling comfortable with a topic, I would need to transition to another. These transitions and this broad training are so important, and with them as a base, I have really enjoyed building on a foundation of knowledge and developing an expertise in musculoskeletal medicine this year.
Dr. Welbel: What are some words of wisdom for sports medicine fellowship applicants?
Dr. Rand: There are several factors that will help maximize what you get from your fellowship year. The first is mentorship. These individuals often share knowledge and skill sets that inspire us to keep learning more and to continue to strive to be better physicians, educators, and researchers. Occasionally, we are fortunate and also find mentors not only with the knowledge and skills, but also the heart. I feel very fortunate in having that type of mentorship. There will likely be many individuals you can learn from throughout your fellowship year. Exposure to different styles and techniques is invaluable and will allow you to develop your own personal preferences and style. Finally, I have learned the most when I have found opportunities to teach medical students and residents. Find time to meet up with residents and students to go over physical exam maneuvers, journal articles, ultrasound, procedural techniques, etc. I continuously find myself treasuring these moments.