New Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship accepting applications at UNC

The UNC School of Medicine has a newly accredited Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship that was established to educate family medicine physicians in the field of sports medicine.

New Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship accepting applications at UNC click to enlarge Dr. Harry C. Stafford, CAQSM Sports Medicine Fellowship Director

This year-long fellowship will equip the physician with knowledge and practical experience in treating musculoskeletal injuries, sports related primary care illnesses such as concussion, heat illness, diabetes, and hypertension; and ultrasound guided joint and soft tissue injection techniques.

Dr. Harry Stafford, CAQSM is the fellowship’s director, as well as team physician for the UNC Tar Heels and North Carolina Central University’s Eagles. He received his undergraduate and medical school degrees from UNC and completed his residency and sports medicine training at Duke.  Dr. Stafford returned to UNC in October 2008 to lead the Sports Medicine Fellowship along with practicing medicine at UNC Family Medicine, Orthopaedics, and Sports Medicine Clinics. 

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship will be based in the UNC Department of Family Medicine, which is currently ranked 3rd in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The fellowship’s curriculum will provide training that includes serving as Primary Team Physician for a local high school, having a role with UNC athletics, practicing sports medicine and primary care at the UNC Family Medicine Clinic, in addition to working with UNC Orthopedics and  conducting sports medicine related research.  Applications for admission are welcomed July 1 - Oct. 1. 

More information about this fellowship can be located on the UNC Department of Family Medicine’s website and through the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine’s (AMSSM) website. You can also contact Alexis Barnett, Sports Medicine Fellowship Coordinator, at (919) 966-2718 or

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