Objectives: Much like athletes, performing artists are highly skilled individuals who suffer from a variety of injuries particular to their art. Performing arts medicine (PAM) is a newer subspecialty of sports medicine (SM) created to address this population. Are current SM fellows being exposed to an ample amount of PAM during fellowship year? The purpose of this study is to explore the extent of PAM education and exposure in ACGME-accredited SM fellowship programs, utilizing a national survey of fellowship program directors (PDs).
Designs: The authors designed a Google Form survey with 33 questions regarding PAM exposure and education in SM fellowship programs. The survey was sent to the PDs and program coordinators for each of the 188 ACGME-accredited SM fellowship programs, as listed on FREIDA. Results were compiled by synthesizing the data provided by each program’s representative.
Results: Of the 40 PDs that completed the survey, 4 (10%) programs reported having a required PAM rotation and 8 (20%) reported an elective rotation. Eight (20%) programs reported having a performing arts clinic. Twenty (50%) programs reported PAM-focused didactics. Twenty-four (60%) PDs also reported covering at least 1 dance competition, music venue, community theater program, traveling concert series, or television set.
Conclusions: There were definite limitations in this study, considering only 40 of 188 (21%) SM fellowship PDs responded to the survey. Responses were also kept anonymous. Despite the limited responses, preliminary data shows that current focus on PAM in ACGME-accredited SM fellowships is limited. A majority of responding fellowships do not offer dedicated or elective rotations in PAM, and only half report PAM topics during didactics. Encouragingly, a substantial number of SM programs report coverage of at least 1 performing arts event, so exposure to the field may be increasing and fellowship curriculum may be adjusted in the future.
James Meiling– PGY-1 Resident, Medical City Weatherford
Brandon Barndt– PGY1, Mercy Catholic Medical Center; Temple/Moss Rehab
George Raum– Medical Student, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kuntal Chowdhary– Resident Physician, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Vishal Bansal– MD Graduate, CMU School of Medicine
Julia Iafrate– Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, Columbia University Medical center