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The Sports Medicine Division in the Orthopedic Center at Boston Children's Hospital was established by John Hall, MD, in 1974. The initial faculty consisted of doctors Robert Runyon, Arthur Boland, William Shea and Lyle Micheli, who was named director of the Sports Medicine Division in 1976.
Shortly after its inception, the Division began offering post-graduate training in pediatric sports medicine. The initial fellows were offered periods of six- or 12-month fellowships. Some fellows chose to do six months of pediatric sports medicine and six months of pediatric surgery fellowship training, while others did six months of pediatric sports medicine with us and an additional six months of adult sports medicine elsewhere. By the mid-1980s, two fellows in orthopedic sports medicine were being trained with a particular emphasis on pediatric sports medicine.
The Division began offering additional training in Primary Care Sports Medicine in July 1991 as a one-year fellowship. The Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows were required to have completed Board level certification in Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine or Internal Medicine.
In 2002, this Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship was recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and granted certification status. We also proudly note that every one of our Primary Care fellows has taken and successfully passed the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) exam in Primary Care Sports Medicine.
As a major pediatric referral center, Boston Children's Hospital's mission is to provide the highest quality health care, and to enhance the health and wellbeing of children and families.
Boston Children's consistently ranks in the top level for quality of care and institutional accreditation. As the largest pediatric medical center in the United States, a 397-bed comprehensive center, Boston Children's offers a complete range of health care services for children from 15 weeks gestation through 21 years of age (and older in special cases).
Boston Children's a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, where most of our physicians hold faculty appointments. Boston Children's clinic staff includes approximately 800 active medical and dental staff, 700 residents and fellows, and 3,300 full time employees, including a patient services staff of almost 800.
Boston Children's is home to the world's largest pediatric research facility with a staff of 1200 scientists and employees. In the Karp Family and John F. Enders Pediatric Research Laboratory buildings, hundreds of laboratory researchers and physician investigators search for answers to some of the most perplexing childhood diseases.
The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”