Orthopaedic fellowship program to be developed for MU athletes

Friday, September 24, 2010 | 5:12 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia Orthopaedic Group and the University of Missouri Orthopaedic Institute announced Friday their plans to develop a sports medicine fellowship program that will treat MU athletes.

James Stannard of the University of Missouri Orthopaedic Institute and department chairman of orthpaedic surgery at the MU School of Medicine, and Patrick Smith of Columbia Orthopaedic Group will serve as co-directors of the fellowship program.

“I think we are going to get the best possible care for our student athletes,” said Smith, who has been been the head team physician for 19 years.

The goal is to have the program approved by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery by the summer of 2011 and admit the first fellow by the following summer.

A fellow is a licensed physician who has completed an orthopaedic surgery residency program and is interested in advanced training in a specialty area.

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