Sports Medicine Institute

Sports Medicine

Discover what it takes to keep top athletes on the field and performing at their very best.

The Sports Medicine Institute will expose students to innovative methods of medical care for the nation’s most elite athletes as well as the career options available. The program will provide hands-on experiences ranging from the very building blocks of sports medicine to the integration of advanced techniques to injury prevention, rehabilitation, and athletic performance. Students will learn from the father of Sports Medicine, Dr. Gary Poehling as well as countless experienced orthopedic medical professionals, trainers, coaches and athletes themselves. This institute allows students who have both a passion for medicine and sports the ability to experience the field of Sports Medicine first hand.

At a Glance


Dates: June 18th-23rd or July 30th-Aug 4th 

Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school and rising freshmen in college

Program Length: 1 week session

Program Tuition: $2,250

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Campus

Residential or Non Residential: Residential

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Sports Medicine Institute participants.

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What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered

  • Sports Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedics
  • Athletic Training and Rehabilitation
  • Concussion Research and Neuroscience
  • Exercise Science
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Prevention, Care and Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries

Hands-On Experience:

  • Experiential and Hands-On Learning
  • Tour D1 Facility – an experienced team of orthopaedic surgeons, family medicine doctors, physical therapists and massage therapists
  • Wake Forest Athletics Training Room and Physical Therapy
  • Talk with Carolina Panthers Team Doctor
  • Injury Prevention Techniques
  • Recognition of Sports Injuries
  • Introduction to Rehabilitation Skills
  • Hands-on taping labs with lecture sessions

Sports Medicine Institute Costs:

Reynolda Campus (Residential Program) | $2,250

A Day in the Life

  • 9:00-9:30 am – Arrival, Light Breakfast, Journal Writing
  • 9:30 – 11:00 am – Introduction to Orthopedics
  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm – Visit to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm – 3-D Printing and Regenerative Medicine Workshop
  • 3:00 – 4:30 pm – Excursion to D1 Training Facility
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm – Talk on Sports Injury Rehabilitation with Wake Forest Trainers and Coaches
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Free time
  • 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

Dr. Gary Poehling, MD, PhD

Academic Leader, Sports Medicine Institute

Dr. Gary Poehling was born and raised in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Marquette University in 1964 and his M.D. degree from Marquette University (School of Medicine of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) in 1968. Dr. Poehling’s internship and residency were completed at Duke University Medical Center. He also served in the United States Airforce and it was during his stay in Tachikawa, Japan that he had the opportunity to train under one the first arthroscopists in the world, thus developing his interest in the specialty. He currently is Editor in Chief Emeritus for Arthroscopy, The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery. In addition to his expertise in arthroscopy, he obtained the Certificate of Added Qualification of Surgery of the Hand by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1989. He joined the faculty at Bowman Gray School of Medicine (Wake Forest University Health Sciences) in 1976 and was appointed Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1989.

“Early in my career, I pioneered the use of arthroscopy to manage orthopaedic pathology of the knee, shoulder, and wrist.  Arthroscopy employs a minimally invasive technique to repair cartilage, ligament, and bone pathology within joints allowing patients to recover more quickly after their procedure compared to the open surgical techniques.  Since 2007, I have used unicompartmental knee replacements for patients with knee pain due to osteoarthritis.  This technique uses computer-assisted technology and robotics as a less invasive method than total knee joint replacement.  I believe that similar techniques can be used to develop computer-assisted technology repair surgery that can be used in combination with arthroscopy techniques.  The advantage of the computer-assisted techniques will be that they will support the more accurate placement of ligament repair within the knee, and thus, decrease the incidence of post-operative graft failures.  The computer-assisted techniques will shorten the surgical time and result in improved post-operative patient outcomes. “