The United States Olympic Committee announced today that it is adding University of Utah Health Care to the National Medical Network.
While the University of Utah Health Care provides health care for Olympians on Team USA, the David Eccles School of Business will provide educational support for the athletes.
The Eccles School is providing up to $250,000 in scholarships and other services, including a dedicated academic advisor to Olympic athletes. Other benefits include:
- Tuition waivers for non-residents (pay in-state rate)
- Career counseling
- Academic advising
- Sports management internships
- Experiential learning opportunities
- Curriculum development for a certification in sports management
In addition, University of Utah Health Care researchers and physicians will conduct studies to learn more about high-performance athletes and sports medicine.
Currently, Carrie Byington, M.D. with UUHC, is the chair of a panel that will advise the USOC on infectious-disease risk during the Games. Her role will be to advise the USOC on infectious diseases, including the Zika virus.
“Our excellence in sports medicine and fitness combined with our research expertise make this the right time, the right place and the right partnership,” said Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, CEO of University of Utah Health Care and senior vice president for health sciences. “We are also pleased to partner with the USOC in providing educational opportunities for Team USA athletes, so that once their athletic journey comes to an end, they are able to achieve success in the next phase of their lives.”
Read the entire press release here.