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Sports medicine training in the United States
  1. Walton W Curl, AOSSM President,
  2. Irvin E Bomberger, Executive Director
  1. American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 6300 N River Road, Suite 20 Rosemont, IL 60010, USA

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    Editor,—The article “Sports medicine training in the United States” was recently brought to our attention. We applaud the journal's interest in improving the public's understanding of this complex area, but we are concerned about a number of serious misstatements on orthopaedic sports medicine training.

    Firstly, the author states that orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship programmes are not accredited and do not have curriculum requirements or standards for supervision. It is a point of public record by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)—the US entity responsible for accrediting fellowships in all specialty endeavours—that there are 53 accredited orthopaedic sports medicine programmes. This compares with 64 accredited primary care sports medicine programmes in emergency medicine, internal medicine, paediatrics and …

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