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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.




  • Stephen Paul, is the Program Planning Chair for AMSSM Annual Meeting in New Orleans 2014.
  • The New football facility with strength and conditioning center, medical treatment facilities and more services for fans will open for 2013 Football Season.
  • Bruce Helming will be medical director for the USAT Collegiate Triathlon National Championships in Tempe, Arizona, April 2013.
  • Stephen Paul, participated in the Seattle Criteria (an international group of experts in sports cardiology and sports medicine) which met February 2012, to define new standards for ECG interpretation in athletes. 
  • Stephen Paul, was lead author in the AMSSM’s first publication:  AMSSM Sports Medicine CAQ Study Guide, published April 2012.
  • Bruce Helming volunteers at US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista and covers the USA BMX Olympic Trials June 2012.
  • October 2009 UASMF just received re-accreditation for 5 years without any citations!


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