Training the next sideline stars

Margaret Gibson, an avid skier, is director of one of the School of Medicine’s sports medicine fellowships.

Sports medicine physicians and surgeons usually complete a one-year fellowship, and the UMKC School of Medicine has two top-flight fellowships. The programs’ faculty include team physicians for UMKC Athletics and the Kansas City Chiefs, and the fellows get experience with those teams and at Truman Medical Centers, as well as the school’s other affiliate hospitals.

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery takes one fellow each year. The program is led by Jon E. Browne, clinical associate professor, who also led the Chiefs’ orthopaedic team for 23 years, through the 2011 season. The program, endorsed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, dates to 1990, making it one of the first of its kind.

“The fellowship has excellent relationships with our teams and hospitals,” Browne said, adding that UMKC Athletics’ move to Division 1 status greatly increased the requirements for sports physicians and surgeons — and the opportunities for UMKC faculty and fellows.

The Department of Community and Family Medicine takes two physicians a year for its fellowship, which started in 2008 and is led by Margaret Gibson, associate professor of community and family medicine. Gibson, an avid skier who has served several U.S. teams in international competitions, said past fellows had a variety of private practices and included team physicians with the Chiefs, the University of Kansas, Louisville University and the University of Central Missouri.

“We keep up with the latest developments in sports medicine,” Gibson said, “and working with our fellows and UMKC’s teams makes me keep learning, too. It’s a good feeling knowing you’ve helped train the physicians who are caring for athletes at all levels.”