HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has been approved for an accredited sports medicine fellowship in the department of family and community health, Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro, dean of the school, announced today.
“Approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to begin a new fellowship at Marshall is truly the culmination of outstanding work by many people at our institution,” Shapiro said. “Drs. Steve Petrany and Paulette Wehner, as well as their dedicated teams of physicians and administrative staff, are to be commended on this wonderful achievement for our school.”
The fellowship will launch in July with one position open to a physician who has completed a three-year family medicine residency.
“Our sports medicine fellowship will offer an outstanding opportunity for a family practitioner to expand his or her interest and skill in a growing field,” said Dr. Stephen M. Petrany, chairman of the department of family and community health. “In partnership with our department of orthopaedics and the Marshall Sports Medicine Institute, the program will offer the most advanced and highest quality training experiences for managing the variety of sports medicine problems that these physicians will encounter in their own practices.”
Petrany said the training will include areas of emphasis in team physician experience, fracture care and research.
Marshall’s vice dean for graduate medical education, Dr. Paulette S. Wehner, said the sports medicine fellowship at Marshall will become the newest clinical education program in graduate medical education.
Marshall was approved for a psychiatry residency and nephrology fellowship within the past year and neurology and dental programs, both of which had recent site visits, are expecting accreditation decisions in early 2016. The school is also applying this month for a hematology/oncology fellowship and anticipates the application being presented during the accreditation council’s January 2016 meeting.
In addition to Petrany and Wehner, faculty involved in writing the sports medicine program application were Dr. David P. Rupp, Dr. Ross M. Patton and Dr. W. Mitch Shaver.