History of the Fellowship

The University of Arizona Sports Medicine Fellowship accepted their first fellows in 2004-2005:  Bruce Helming, M.D. and Heather Walsh, M.D.  In their first year, Dr. Walsh presented a “two minute two slide” topic at AMSSM national conference and Dr. Helming and Dr. Walsh were on the winning team for the AMSSM Fellow’s Quiz Bowl.

In 2007 we accepted our first fellow from Emergency Medicine, Dr. Anna Waterbrook, M.D.  We have since included a designated Emergency Medicine Track.  This track is not just emergency medicine trained residents doing sports medicine, but we merge the two disciplines, working from the strength they offer individually to create sports medicine health care delivery.

We have 100% pass rate for the sports medicine Certificate of Added Qualification from our graduates who have taken the CAQ.

We are actively involved with the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.  Our former Fellowship Director, Stephen Paul, M.D., started the sports medicine Certificate of Added Qualification In-Service Training Exam in 2006 and he continues to chair this subcommittee which first offered the in-service exam in 2008.

In the academic year 2009 we introduced diagnostic, portable ultrasound into our clinical practice and our curriculum. We now have multiple ultrasound units. We have dedicated educational sessions on ultrasound use for diagnostic and procedural purposes, and we employ its use in all of our teaching and clinical settings.