Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Overview
Our fellowship-trained faculty are the team doctors for Texas A&M athletics, and you can join them. Learn basic and advanced sports medicine procedures to enhance your practice. Learn everything that others are talking about including MSK ultrasound, athlete ekg interpretation, stress testing, fluoroscopically guided procedures, advanced fracture management and much more.
Our mission is to conduct comprehensive primary care sports medicine training that prepares physicians to provide the highest quality of care.
The Texas A&M Primary Care Sports Medicine Program is designed to:
- Facilitate a breadth of learning that will allow our residents/fellows to meet the needs of diverse communities.
- Facilitate learning in the full range from prevention and wellness to acute and chronic illness and injury management in young and old patients.
- Teach fellows the breadth and depth of the health care team and how to be effective team members and leaders through application of their increased training in Primary Care Sports Medicine.
- Ground fellows in the skills of scholarly activity that will allow them to remain up to date in a rapidly changing profession.
The Texas A&M Primary Care Sports Medicine Program is structured to meet the requirements of the ACGME Review Committee for Family Medicine. The 1 year fellowship program provides the fellows clinical experience to independently practice primary care sports medicine upon completion of the program.
Basic Schedule Layout
Texas A&M PCSM 12 Month Curriculum Overview
- General Sports Medicine Orthopedics - 6 weeks
- Hand & Upper Extremity Orthopedics - 6 weeks
- Foot & Ankle Orthopedics - 6 weeks
- Spine Orthopedics - 6 weeks
- Pediatric Orthopedics - 6 weeks
- PM&R and Musculoskeletal Radiology - 6 weeks
- Orientation PCSM - 4 weeks
- Electives - 12 weeks
- Noon Conferences/Didactics - weekly during each rotation
- Academic Research Time - weekly during each rotation
- Primary Care Sports Medicine clinic - at least 3 half-days each week
- Continuity Clinic in Primary Certification - at least 1 half-day each week
- Ortho Workshops (ie. Casting/splinting) for residents and students - as scheduled
- Mass Event Planning/Coverage (Special Olympics, BCS Marathon, Texas Ultra race, Texas Games)
- Continuity Highschool Sports coverage through an assigned team
- National Sports Medicine Conference Case Poster Presentation
Current Sports Medicine Fellows
Ricardo Garcia Jr., D.O.
Undergraduate: The University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, TX
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH
Residency: Texas A&M Family Medicine Residency, Bryan, TX
Personal Interests: Spending time with my wife and family, playing sports, fishing, and attending collegiate sporting events
I love this fellowship because: This fellowship provides in me a sense of “Full Scope” Sports Medicine training. The program encompasses a wide array of collegiate and high school sporting event coverage, high-volume sports medicine patient encounters in our new orthopedic facility and numerous opportunities to harness skills in ultrasound guided-joint injections, dry-needle acupuncture, osteopathic manipulative medicine, fracture care and concussion management. Exposure to exercise stress tests in conjunction with the Texas A&M Exercise Physiology Department also hones in our abilities to make a more thorough evaluation of cardiovascular health within the athlete. Most importantly, the access we have to Texas A&M Athletics coupled with strong faculty leadership and teaching makes this fellowship one of the best in the country.
Future Plans: To practice Sports Medicine within a specialty setting in Texas.
Blake Middleton, D.O.
Undergraduate: University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
Medical School: Oklahoma State University College of Health Sciences, Tulsa, OK
Residency: Oklahoma State University Family Medicine Residency, Tulsa, OK
Personal Interests: Spending time with my wife and son, running, biking, and traveling
I love this fellowship because: It exposes you to a wide variety of opportunities in the field of sports medicine. From team and mass participant event coverage, the emphasis on ultrasound and procedures, as well as a great volume of high school, collegiate, and weekend warrior athletes you receive ample exposures needed to begin a successful career. The program exposes you to a wide variety of sports medicine, orthopedic, physiologist, and physical therapy specialist to learn from and it is set up to spend a sufficient amount of time with them all. Completion of this fellowship will give me all the tools I need and plenty of opportunities to create or join a practice fit for me upon completion
Future Plans: Group or solo practice focusing on sports (race) medicine. Focusing on treating injuries while aiding people in obtaining optimal health and achieving their best performances.