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"Sports Medicine Updates: When to Refer" - Bus Tarbox, MD, MBA

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1.0 CME credit
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1 hour
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March 8, 2025
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Adolescent Medicine, Current PA Student, Family Medicine, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, and Primary Care
Clinical Topics
Identification, Patient Outcomes, Pediatrics, and Primary Care

This talk gives an overview of sports injuries in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, and ankle. Instructs attendees on how to properly evaluate orthopedic injuries through physical examination and diagnostic imaging. Gives information for the primary care PA on when to refer to orthopedics. 

Speaker bio: Dr. Tarbox found a passion for sports medicine starting in his days of varsity baseball in college at Kansas State. Since then, his career has led him to work with various athletes and teams across Mid-Missouri. 

Dr. Tarbox completed his undergraduate degree at Kansas State University. He then earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Tarbox completed his internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Following his training in general surgery, Dr. Tarbox joined the University of Missouri-Columbia and was a resident in orthopaedic surgery. Continuing to develop his sports medicine interest, he went on to complete his fellowship in sports medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Tarbox joined Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 2001 and specializes in the practice of sports medicine and arthroscopy with special interests in the arthroscopic surgical approach to the shoulder, knee, hip, elbow, and ankle. He is the physician president of the Columbia Orthopaedic Group.

He is the team physician for the nationally ranked University of Missouri-Columbia wrestling team along with several other colleges and high schools around mid-Missouri. Dr. Tarbox is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and the Missouri State Orthopaedic Society. He was inducted into the Missouri Athletic Trainer’s Association Sports Medicine Hall of Fame in 2023.

Today, he and his wife, Janna, have two daughters and several dogs. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family (and now grandkids!), playing cards, reading, watching movies, and everything Disney.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, attendees should be able to:

  1. Evaluate an injury of the shoulder, elbow, and wrist and determine when to refer to an orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon
  2. Evaluate an injury of the hip, knee, and foot and ankle and determine when to refer to an orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon
  3. Evaluate an injury of the neck and back and determine when to refer to an orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon
  4. Order correct imaging for common sports medicine injuries 


Bus Tarbox MD

A sports medicine/arthroscopy trained orthopedic surgeon at the Columbia Orthopedic Group in Columbia, Missouri. I have interests in arthroscopy of the hip, shoulder, knee, and elbow. I also have sports medicine coverage of several area high schools and colleges in the Mid-Missouri area. I am the team physician for the nationally ranked University of Missouri Wrestling team. Along with my orthopedic and sports medicine interests, I also have interests in business leadership, and healthcare strategy especially in these uncertain medical and financial times.

CE Information

This activity offers 1.0 CME credit to attendees.

Accredited by AAPA.

This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 19 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Approval is valid from 3/8/2024 to 3/8/2025. AAPA reference number: CME-2010808.



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