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How long is a sports medicine residency?

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February 23, 2015 4:40PM

As a physician, sports medicine is a subspecialty of family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, physical medicine/rehab, pediatrics, or orthopedic surgery. This being said, sports medicine is not a residency, it is a fellowship. A physician must complete a residency in one of the aforementioned specialties prior to applying for and initiating sports medicine specific training. The previously listed residencies last from 3-5 years depending on the individual specialty, and in turn adding additional qualification in sports medicine would require 1 additional year of fellowship level training. In doing so, one would obtain a variety of procedural and diagnostic skills, as well as gain an increased familiarity with specific musculoskeletal imaging.