Learning Resources

Structured academic activities include a weekly conference and bioskills labs, which are described below.

Weekly Sports Grand Rounds
Directed by Dr. Patrick McCulloch, these conferences include formal presentations by the faculty and fellows at Houston Methodist and is combined with the primary care sports fellowship. It is video conferenced to our partners in the satellite hospitals for the mutual benefit for athletic trainers, physical therapists, orthopedists and primary care sports physicians. Didactic presentations and surgical technical talks are given by attending physicians. Fellows are periodically assigned to prepare care discussions, MRI case correlations, journal club, and M&M. Basic science aspects of clinical topics are routinely covered. See a sample annual conference schedule

2020 - 2021 Sports Medicine Conference Schedule

Bioskills Labs
This lab is held every 6-weeks in the Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education (MITIE). It is intended to give both faculty and fellows the opportunity to perform specific procedures on the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee. We review surgical skills such as portal placement, knot tying, graft passage, and ultrasound guided injections. Procedures performed include PCL and PL corner reconstructions, hip and elbow arthroscopy, shoulder arthroplasty, elbow ligament reconstruction, and osteotomies. We also review the relevant surgical anatomy for each procedure. In addition, arrangements are made for all fellows and their attendings to travel to several off-site industry-sponsored training courses. This is also an opportunity for the Fellows to help teach orthopedic residents.

Research Opportunities

Fellows are mentored in the process of designing and performing research studies with a goal on having them obtain first-author publications. Funding and protected time is available for fellows to perform their own projects. They are invited to attend the weekly sports medicine research meeting within the department of orthopedic surgery. Other attendees include our full-time research coordination staff, PhD biostatistician, biomechanists, exercise physiologists, and physical therapists. With the excellent funding and support staff, our sports medicine team has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the past two years.

Additional Information
Learn more about our regularly scheduled grand rounds.