BALTIMORE—(August 5, 2015)—MedStar Sports Medicine was selected as one of only six sites in the nation to host the prestigious American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) 2015 European Traveling Fellows. As one of the premier sports medicine programs in the country, MedStar Sports Medicine’s participation in this international exchange program fostered collaboration among colleague’s worldwide, inspiring innovation and advancing the field of sports medicine.
MedStar Sports Medicine hosted the fellows from July 2-5 in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. During their visit, the fellows gained insight into the integrated sports medicine program of one of the nation’s largest health care systems. MedStar Sports Medicine brings together nearly 20 fellowship trained sports orthopaedic surgeons and a network of primary care sports medicine providers, certified athletics trainers, physical therapists, nutritionists, sports performance professionals, and sports-specific researchers under a single tent covering the Baltimore/Washington corridor.
The fellows, including João Espregueira–Mendes, MD, of Portugal, past president of the European Society of Knee Surgery; Sebastian Kopf, MD, of Germany; Nicolas Pujol, MD, of France; and Christiaan van Bergen, MD, of the Netherlands; met with clinical and research leaders, toured MedStar Sports Medicine’s facilities, and spent time observing clinics, surgical procedures, lectures and labs.
AOSSM’s traveling fellowship program is an annual scientific and cultural exchange among orthopaedic sports medicine physicians in North America and Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The program is a unique opportunity for individuals to witness orthopaedic sports medicine techniques and surgeries from around the world. The program offers a rich experience with opportunities to:
- Foster an exchange of scientific information, stimulate research and develop partnerships among physicians who practice sports medicine in North America, Europe, Latin America and Pacific Rim countries
- Serve as a bridge that may be used to forge the future of sports medicine worldwide
- Provide a stimulus for leadership by recognizing young physicians who have made a significant contribution to sports medicine
- Participate in social and cultural activities with the local sports medicine community
MedStar Sports Medicine also hosted the AOSSM Latin American and Asian Traveling Fellows in 2012. This most recent visit makes MedStar Sports Medicine one of the few sports programs that have had the opportunity to work with all three traveling fellowships in the past five years.
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About MedStar Sports Medicine
MedStar Sports Medicine, an initiative integrated throughout MedStar Health, is one of the premier sports medicine programs in the country. Over the past 30 years, MedStar Sports Medicine has grown to include more than 36 physicians, 23 certified athletic trainers and a network of therapists, nutritionists, and support staff at MedStar’s ten hospitals and diversified services. Focused on patient care, education, research and team relationships, this network of medical professionals is dedicated to enhancing the health and performance of all active people. More than 40 sports organizations, including the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Nationals, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Baltimore Blast, and US Lacrosse, have chosen MedStar Sports Medicine as their official medical team. Visit us at MedStarSportsMed.org, or call 888-44-SPORT (888-447-7678).
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.
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