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Sports Ultrasound: a fundamental skill for sports medicine fellows moving forward
  1. Rob Monaco
  1. Correspondence to Rob Monaco, Department of Family Medicine, Rutgers—RWJ Medical School, 1 Scarletknight Way, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA; rmonaco{at}scarletknights.com

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The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) has released a timely and comprehensive revision to its curriculum for ultrasound (US) training for fellowship programmes.1 It is a substantial improvement from the original 2010 document and creates a high standard for programmes. It confirms AMSSM's strong position that Sports US is a fundamental skill for providers moving forward. The document’s primary aim is to provide a pathway by which a sports medicine fellow can obtain sufficient Sports US training to become proficient in its outlined core competencies. Completion of this Sports US curriculum fulfils the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine's (AIUM) requirements to perform a musculoskeletal (MSK) US examination, and the pre-requisites for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography's (ARDMS) MSK sonography certification examination. This curriculum is a key document as the field continues to deal with critical matters affecting sports medicine practitioners such as US certifications, accreditation, third party payer issues and the significant changes occurring in the graduate medical education process.

The document provides an excellent framework for fellowships to implement this curriculum through a variety of teaching modalities. They have skilfully outlined the basic structures and procedures to be learnt. One can argue on the inclusion/exclusion of some structures, but this would most likely vary by practitioner and be unlikely to achieve a full consensus. …

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