The Cleveland Clinic Sports Medicine Fellowship is one of the premier Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Fellowships in the world.
The Sports Medicine Fellowship offers a comprehensive clinical, operative, and academic experience. Each fellow will receive extensive exposure to both basic and complex sports medicine issues, including arthroscopic surgery and complex reconstruction of the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee. In addition, there is also significant exposure to cartilage restoration procedures, pediatric sports medicine, and hip arthroscopy. Each fellow will have access to world-class research facilities, and the opportunities for both basic science and clinical research are tremendous. There are also ample opportunities for research in clinical outcomes including the MOON, MARS, TEMPO and MeTeOr multicenter studies.
The Sports Medicine staff at the Cleveland Clinic are involved in the care of patients at all activity levels from the weekend warrior to the professional and elite athlete. The Cleveland Clinic is the primary healthcare provider for many of the local high schools, several area universities, and several professional sports teams. The basic focus of the fellowship is to make excellent team physicians. Started by Dr. John Bergfeld in 1981, the program has trained over 105 Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellows. Our graduates are active members in the Sports Medicine academic community and serve as head team physicians at many high schools, colleges, and professional organizations.
Cleveland is an easily accessible and diverse metropolitan city rich in culture with immediate access to world-class culinary, cultural, and recreational activities and professional sporting events.
2023 Interview Dates (Midwest Interview Block):
January 5, 2024
January 19, 2024***
*** The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Fellowship is interviewing on January 20, 2024 for those who want to cluster interview dates. Pittsburgh is only a 1 hour and 40 minute drive from the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center.
Three one-year positions
Duration: August 1-July 31
Application Deadline: Application must be received by San Francisco Match (SF Match) by November 1.
For more information, visit the SF Match website.
Fellows will diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate musculoskeletal injuries of professional as well as recreational athletes.
Through didactic lecture, cadaver dissection, journal club, observation, and supervised treatment of patients in the clinic, operating room, and athletic training room, the fellow will expand his or her cognitive ability to diagnose and treat sports injuries. The fellow will develop skills in arthroscopy, fracture care, ligament reconstruction, and other open procedures. In addition, the fellow will work directly with athletic trainers, physical therapists, and sports physiologists learning and developing skills applicable to their specific disciplines.
Education: Fellows are invited to all orthopaedic surgery resident conferences and departmental grand rounds. Each fellow participates in sports medicine multidisciplinary conference. This didactic curriculum is a comprehensive sports medicine lecture series that includes medical professionals from a wide variety of disciplines, including physical therapy, nutrition athletic training, and more. A monthly indications conference brings together our physicians with a musculoskeletal radiologist to discuss interesting cases.
Research: Fellows are required to complete at least one research project of choice, to be presented and prepared for publication.