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What experience do I need for becoming sports medicine physician?


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Richard’s Answer

In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.
Pick a major that interests you so you don't mind devoting a majority of your hours to studying. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.
Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.
Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters
Try to find opportunities to pursue research.
Volunteer at your local hospital or low-income clinic. Ask physicians, PAs or other clinical providers if you can shadow them.
During college study for and complete the MCAT. Devote an entire summer to studying for the MCAT and consider paying for a prep course if you can afford it.
My son used MCAT Complete 7-Book Subject Review 2019-2020: Online + Book + 3 Practice Tests (Kaplan Test Prep) Kaplan Test Prep
It was about $140 and he achieved his goal score.
Apply to medical schools during your last year of college.
Medical school takes 4 years to complete.
After medical school physicians complete a residency for additional training. Orthopedic surgeons who hope to specialize in sports medicine do a 4 year Orthopedic residency followed by a fellowship. The alternative is a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship which is a one-year ACGME-accredited program open to physicians who have completed residency training in the fields of family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, or internal medicine.

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Karthik’s Answer

The main role of a Sports Medicine physician is to prevent and heal injuries, along with examining a player's fitness level before any upcoming game.

Try to look for residency programs that have in-depth primary specialty training. During this time, a resident can begin to focus on surgical or non-surgical areas. After completing a residency, a physician can apply for a sports medicine fellowship program. Try to work your way up starting from College football or basketball teams.

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Brian’s Answer

Try to find a college that will let you work with a team preferably football since those are the worst injuries. The better the program the better the opportunities. D1 being the best with d3 being the least competitive

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