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Sports Medicine Fellowship Standards of Excellence — The Podcast featuring Irfan Asif, M.D.



This two-year fellowship, in partnership with Cahaba Medical Care, will prepare primary care physicians to become leaders in the field of sports medicine. Graduates from our fellowship program practice in both academic and community settings, and are prepared to be:

  • Residency/Fellowship faculty
  • Team physicians for professional, collegiate and high school levels
  • A Sports Medicine consultant in private practice
  • Non-operative specialist in an orthopedic practice
  • Student Health 
  • Clinician Researcher/Educator


At the completion of this fellowship program, the fellow will:

Diagnose and manage medical illnesses and injuries associated with sports and exercise.

  • Demonstrate an appropriate sports/exercise related history
  • Perform appropriate injury specific examinations.
  • Order and interpret appropriate laboratory, radiographic/other diagnostic imaging, and exercise physiologic testing.
  • Perform and interpret musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnostic purposes and utilization for ultrasound-guided injections.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of treatment modalities including directed physiotherapy, intra-articular injection, casting and splinting, durable medical equipment, exercise prescription writing, and pharmacologic therapies.
  • Recognize circumstances needing sub-specialist or surgical referral.

Experience the many roles of a team physician.

  • Lead and organize the Sports Medicine team at both the high school, collegiate and professional levels. This role includes but is not limited to pre-participation examinations, training room clinics, event coverage, and preparation for on-field emergencies.
  • Assist team physicians at the collegiate and professional levels.
  • Establish and maintain effective physician-athletic trainer relationships.

Establish a base for leadership in primary care sports medicine.

  • Maintain active membership in local/regional/national societies.
  • Present and participate in weekly Sports Medicine conferences.
  • Teach athletes, parents, medical students, residents, and physicians through talks, lectures and precepting.
  • Present academic work at local, regional, and national sport society meetings.
  • Identify personal leadership skills and teaching abilities.