U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 40-year-old member asked:

can a family medicine doctor get certified in sports medicine?

4 doctor answers19 doctors weighed in
Dr. J.Milo Sewards
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: There are many good training programs in primary care sports medicine in which a family medicine doctor, emergency medicine doctor, or a pediatrician interested in athletic injuries and conditions can train. Despite the publicity of professional athletes getting surgery, the majority of sports medicine issues do not require an operation and can be managed by nonsurgical specialists.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes
Dec 12, 2012
Dr. Stephen Daquino
Sports Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: Primary care sports medicine is a 1 or 2 year fellowship after family practice residency. It is also available to internal medicine, pediatrics and emergency docs. We then take what's called a certificate of added qualification exam to be boarded in sports med. I completed mine in 2003 and love the specialty. Lots of fun!
Dr. Jeff Kindred
Sports Medicine 14 years experience
Yes: By completing a sports medicine fellowship and then taking the caq sports medicine exam offered through the abfm.
Dr. Rose Wynn
Sports Medicine 16 years experience
Yes: Yes, there is a board exam and certification of added qualification.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

Similar questions

A 31-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between exercise science and sports medicine?

6 doctor answers17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Sports medicine: Sports medicine refers to an area of the practice of medicine by professional who are often medical doctors. Exercise science refers to that body of information and scientific studies concerning the dicipline of studying exercise. This information is often used in the practice of sports medicine.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the difference between doctors of family medicine and internal medicine?

4 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nancy Mellow
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Training + patients: They complete different residency training programs after medical school graduation. Internists specialize in medical (not surgical) care for adults, whereas family physicians care for adults, children, and may also do some obstetrics or surgery. There is more overlap with primary care internists, who may also do women's health care (but don't deliver babies or see children).
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can doctors in a family medicine practice do surgery?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Minor only: Family pactice doctor usually do minor surgery such as repair laceraton. Minor office procedures only. Some does assist in surgery as an assistant with a surgeon.Since malpractic insurance is very high even as assitant, very few fp still do assistant in surgery anymore.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Family physicians usually (but not always) have their primary practice in the outpatient setting. They do minor surgeries there, like skin biopsies, toenail surgeries, and suturing.
Dec 5, 2012
A 33-year-old member asked:

When should I choose a family medicine over an internal medicine doctor?

2 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nancy Mellow
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
For the whole family: If you have children and want the whole family to receive care in the same office, you might choose a family physician. In some areas, family physicians also do some obstetrics
A 42-year-old member asked:

What kind of doctor should I see about sports medicine injuries?

5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Juan Richiusa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Specialist: There is actually sport medicine specialist. They are from different branches either family medicine, orthopedics or pmr, but they can all address your concerns.
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 39 years experience
I honestly think an orthopedist who deals with sports and athletes would be your best bet
Aug 13, 2012

Related questions

A 33-year-old member asked:
3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
A 33-year-old member asked:
3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
A 33-year-old member asked:
4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
A 45-year-old member asked:
4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Sep 28, 2016
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.