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whats it like to be a sports med physician assistant?

Asked Cedar Springs, Michigan

I just want to know the steps to take. #medicine #physician #healthcare #doctor #premed

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Stephanie’s Answer


Awesome - the allied health field has great opportunities and a good work-life balance.

According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, here are some steps you can take:

"A career in sports medicine can also be pursued as a certified physician assistant. This pathway typically requires an undergraduate baccalaureate degree with proven competence in scientific coursework and direct patient care experience, such as working as an emergency medical technician or patient care technician. The full-time curriculum, which typically lasts 2-3 years, consists of a rigorous course of classroom (preclinical) work in the areas of basic medical sciences. This is followed by a number of clinical rotations in all areas of medicine under the guidance of a physician preceptor. Following this formal curriculum, certification is required as a prerequisite to practice in the individual’s chosen field of medicine. Those physician assistants who want to pursue a career in sports medicine typically work with a physician or surgeon specializing in this field. Certified physician assistants must demonstrate continued competency via mandatory continuing education every two years and 4 recertification every six years. "