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Sports Medicine

Department of Sports Medicine, Atlantic Sports Health Institute

Rotation at a Glance

Director/Associate Directors

Damion Martins, MD

Dean Padavan, MD

Robert Monaco, MD


Morristown Medical Center
111 Madison Avenue, Morristown, NJ


2 weeks


  • Limited availability
  • 1 student per rotation; rotation starts on the first or third Monday of the month


Successful completion of all 3rd year clerkships


The sports medicine elective provides 4th year medical students with exposure to and experience in diagnosing and caring for patients with sports related injuries and conditions.  The curriculum will include both clinical experiences and teaching conferences.

Learning Experience

Clinical experience:  

  • Sports Medicine Clinic: This clinic allows students to participate in the treatment of recreational athletes of all ages. Students will
  • Attend the primary care Sports Medicine Clinic
  • Present to the program director and other program faculty
  • Learn to perform an initial assessment and to formulate a diagnostic and therapeutic plan

Orthopedic Clinic: This clinic allows students to participate in the care of acute musculoskeletal injuries and in post-operative care. A program faculty member will be present at all times to teach the student. Students will:

  • Develop skills in performing initial evaluations and in providing treatment
  • Receive a different perspective in musculoskeletal injuries, post-operative care, and musculoskeletal evaluation
  • Opportunity to observe training room / acute injury clinic: This clinic allows students to participate in the care of acute musculoskeletal injuries and to develop skills pertaining to initial evaluations and treatment or referral.
  • Opportunity for ancillary rotations:  radiology, physical therapy, and physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Students must request this in their initial application. 

Teaching Conferences:

  • Sports medicine teaching conference is a weekly, 2-hour didactic session that occurs throughout the academic year. The purpose of the conference is to present the core primary care and orthopedic sports medicine topics in a lecture and discussion format. The primary lecture presenters will be the Sports Health faculty. Attendees will be Sports Medicine faculty, the primary care and orthopedic residents who are enrolled in the fellowship program, other residents and students doing rotations in Sports Medicine, interested community physicians, athletic trainers, and physical therapists.
  • Journal club is an opportunity for students to meet with the program director two (2) times per month to review current and historically significant journal articles covering orthopedic and primary care sports medicine topics.


Goals & Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Perform a comprehensive sports history and physical examination
  • Demonstrate special expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic and non-orthopedic conditions related to sports and exercise
  • Demonstrate awareness of special risk factors for sports specific injuries (could include example sports, if wanted)
  • Understand the role of Sports Medicine in the health care system and the role of specialty physicians, team physicians, athletic trainers, physiatrists, etc. in the optimal care of the athlete
  • Develop a basic awareness of rehabilitation for common sports related injuries and post-operative care


Feedback & Evaluation

The attending preceptor and the student will meet to discuss the achievement of the abovementioned goals.  At the end of the rotation, the student may be required to do a presentation, which will be considered part of the evaluation process. A final, written evaluation will be completed at the end of the rotation.