Newswise — LEAWOOD, Kan. – The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) selected John Wilson, MD and Andrew Peterson, MD as the two Junior Traveling Fellows for AMSSM’s International Traveling Fellowship program tour to Italy. Drs. Peterson and Wilson will join AMSSM Founder John Lombardo, MD, who will serve as Senior Traveling Fellow for the Nov. 29-Dec. 13, 2016 tour.
“The opportunity to address our Italian colleagues on current sports medicine issues is what makes this Traveling Fellowship program so timely and unique,” said Dr. Lombardo. “There is much to be learned on both sides. It is an honor to represent the AMSSM and its members on this exchange. We can only be enriched by learning from Italy. This is exactly what US sports medicine needs.”
The Traveling Fellowship program continues to offer an opportunity for academic exchange and clinical immersion for sports medicine physicians to teach and learn sports medicine on a global level. AMSSM will host International 2016 Traveling Fellow Maurizio Casasco, MD from Italy at the 2016 Annual Meeting held in Dallas, TX (April 15 – 20, 2016). Prior to the Annual Meeting, Dr. Casasco will visit sports medicine centers at the Mayo Clinic, Tria Orthopaedics and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN (April 11-13) then UT-Southwestern and the Dallas Stars NHL training facilities.
“This is a great opportunity for our Italian colleagues and us to learn from one another and develop relationships for new collaborations,” said Dr. Peterson. “Thank you to DJO Global and AMSSM for trusting us with the responsibility of participating in the Traveling Fellowship.” The Traveling Fellowship tour will begin with participation in the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine National Congress in Rome Dec. 1-4, 2016 and a chance to present at that meeting. Visits to sports medicine centers will follow - starting in Rome and concluding in Milan.
The purpose of the program is to encourage academic interchange, share research and explore common clinical interests amongst international sports medicine leaders. "It is an incredible honor to represent AMSSM as a traveling fellow in Italy. I am looking forward to nurturing both professional and collaborative connections with our Italian Sports Medicine colleagues,” said Dr. Wilson. “As an AMSSM ambassador, along with Drs. Peterson and Lombardo, I hope to represent our organization in a way that fosters a positive exchange of ideas and ultimately enhances the way we provide care to athletes and promote the health of our patients. I am extremely grateful for the support of DJO Global and AMSSM for this amazing opportunity."
This program was made possible by the generous support the AMSSM Foundation received from DJO Global. AMSSM wishes to thank DJO Global for its educational support of this exchange of ideas and knowledge by world leaders in sports medicine.
About the AMSSM: AMSSM is a multi-disciplinary organization of 3,000 sports medicine physicians dedicated to education, research, advocacy and the care of athletes of all ages. The majority of AMSSM members are primary care physicians with fellowship training and added qualification in sports medicine who then combine their practice of sports medicine with their primary specialty. AMSSM includes members who specialize solely in non-surgical sports medicine and serve as team physicians at the youth level, NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS and NHL, as well as with Olympic teams. By nature of their training and experience, sports medicine physicians are ideally suited to provide comprehensive medical care for athletes, sports teams or active individuals who are simply looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. www.amssm.org.