Sports Medicine Institute

What does it take to keep top athletes on the field and performing at their very best? Grab some athletic tape, have the scalpel on standby and come find out!

The Sports Medicine Institute will expose students to the innovative methods of medical care for the nation’s most elite athletes while exploring the various career options that the sports medicine field has to offer. The program will provide hands-on educational experiences to emphasize the fundamentals of sports medicine, ranging from the integration of advanced treatment techniques to injury prevention, rehabilitation, and athletic performance. Students will learn from esteemed Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Surgeon, Dr. Brian Waterman, as well as countless experienced orthopedic medical professionals, trainers, coaches, and, of course, the 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 12 – 17 and July 24 – 29, 2022

Who Can Apply?: 9th – 12th grade students

Overnight Tuition: $2,700

Day-Camp Tuition: $1,800

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

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

What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered:

  • Concussions
  • Sawbones Presentations
  • Knee and Shoulder Injuries
  • Pediatric Sports Medicine
  • Prosthetic Design, Biologics & Regenerative Medicine

Hands-On Experiences:

  • Visit the WFU Pitching Biomechanics Lab and WFU Athletic Training Facilities
  • Surgical Skills Labs in a Mock OR in the Hospital
  • Splinting/Casting & Ankle Taping Techniques
  • Suturing Lab
  • Guided Cadaveric Surgical Anatomy Lab

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.

Sports Medicine Institute Cost:

Overnight | $2,700

Day Camp | $1,800

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A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 am – Morning Meeting and Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Welcome from Dr. Waterman and Program Ambassadors
  • 9:30 am – Travel to WFU Baptist Medical Center
  • 10:00 am – Hands and Upper Extremity in Sports Medicine
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – Orthopaedic Skills Labs Rotations
  • 3:00 pm – Panel: Physicians Assistants Career Pathway
  • 5:00 pm – Debrief of the Day
  • 5:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 pm – Free Time
  • 9:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

*The “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change.

Meet Your Academic Leader

Dr. Brian Waterman

Academic Leader, Sports Medicine Institute

Dr. Brian Waterman is a board-certified, former military orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, cartilage restoration, and shoulder and elbow care. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and graduated with his medical doctorate from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Waterman subsequently performed his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery through the U.S. Army at the combined program of William Beaumont Army Medical Center and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Waterman performed his fellowship training with the renowned Sports Medicine program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He has served as a team physician for the Chicago Bulls (NBA), Chicago White Sox (MLB), Chicago Fire (MLS), and Chicago Steel (USHL). A 13-year military veteran, Dr. Waterman has served his country with distinction, earning multiple honors including the Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal. He previously completed a combat deployment with the 28th Combat Support Hospital to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of the 8th Marine Regiment from Camp Lejeune, NC, and a multinational force from Jordan and Afghanistan.

As Chief and Fellowship Director for Sports Medicine, Dr. Waterman is passionate about medical education, patient-centered care, and musculoskeletal research. He currently acts as a Team Physician for Wake Forest University (Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer), Winston-Salem Dash (Chicago White Sox), U.S. Ski and Snowboard, and several Triad area high schools.