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May. 21, 2014

Sports Medicine Fellowship Program director deadline approaching
AOASM
Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Directors are reminded that the Year-end Evaluation Forms (Training Complete) are due in the AOASM office 30 days after your fellow completes his or her fellowship. For many of the sports medicine programs, this deadline is July 31. A copy of the fellow’s scholarly activity, such as poster presentation, article, case or research presentation at the AOASM Clinical Conference must accompany the paperwork. Please note the evaluation should be part of the exit interview with the fellow, and all fellows are required to sign a copy of the evaluation form before it is filed.

The Conjoint Sports Medicine Education and Evaluation Committee will meet in August to review all completed paperwork. Since the committee only meets quarterly, missing this deadline will mean your fellow’s paperwork may not be reviewed until the next meeting in October.

Copies of the Year-end Evaluation Form can be downloaded from the AOASM website. Questions? Contact AOASM at 608-443-2474. Ext, 138.

Materials should be mailed to:

Sports Medicine Fellow Year-end Evaluation
C/O AOASM
2424 American Lane
Madison, WI 53704

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