As an sophomore undergrad, I'm really looking to get into sports medicine. I have a family member who is a FP and did some sports med work after medical school. So from what I learned from her, I just assumed I would have to take the FP route, then look for a sports medicine fellowship.
I've been looking at all types of degree programs and possibilities recently, and I'm starting to wonder what the differences are between actual physicians that practice sports medicine and say, someone with a Ph.D or certain accreditation in the sports medicine field, besides the obvious differences of pay and autonomy.
I guess in other words, I know what I can do with a medical degree, but what would I be able to do with a Ph.D? I've requested info from local universities with doctorate programs in kinesiology and related fields, but until I hear from them, I thought I'd be able to get some good info on here.
Well, for the time being, I guess I'll post on here so if anyone else has the same question I do, they'll be able to find it here.
What I'm looking for is either a sports physician position or a research position that will also allow me to do clinical work. I've been told that means I'm either looking at:
A) Getting an MD/DO in family/internal medicine B) Getting a Ph.D and P.T. certification
I've been on the pre-med track, and I know a lot about what's to come from a doctor in my family, but I'm not really familiar on what I could do with the Ph.D/certification route.
I was thinking about getting my undergrad degree, then get a M.S. in either kinesiology or physiology, and make a choice from there. I just don't want to make a choice without being fully educated on both paths.
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Oct 6, 2008 10:35:19 GMT -6
Your instincts sound good. Based upon your current thoughts, I think you should consider a MS degree in a science (like kinesiology, physiology, or biomechanics) or a MPH (master of public health) to build your research knowledge, followed by a MD, DO, or DPT (doctor of physical therapy) degree to be a clinician.