Cleveland Clinic's Sports Health Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is one of the oldest and most established sports medicine fellowship training programs in the United States.
This fellowship is ACGME-accredited. Graduates are eligible for the Certificate of Added Qualification Exam. The one-year program is affiliated with the Department of Family Medicine at Fairview Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital.
Established in 1985, the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship has over 60 graduates. Though most have trained in Family Medicine, graduates of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residencies have been accepted to the program. The Fellowship has ACGME accreditation allowing the graduates to take the CAQ for Sports Medicine examination.
Cleveland Clinic Sports Health is a group of sports medicine and team physicians working in collaboration with one another and with our allied medical partners in the office, in the training room, on the playing field and in the classroom with a commitment to the pursuit of clinical excellence. Education and research are integral to the commitment.
Three Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship positions are available each year.
Graduates of residency programs in the following specialties are eligible to apply to the program
Cleveland Clinic's Sports Health Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship participates in the National Residency Matching Program’s Specialties Matching Service for fellowships, such as Primary Care Sports Medicine. Please see the National Residency Match Program’s Specialties Matching Service (SMS) at NRMP.org for further details; the program is listed as Fairview Hospital.
Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine residents apply using NRMP program number 3187127F0 for the two positions available for these specialties. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residents apply using NRMP program number 3187127F1 for the one position available for this specialty.
Cleveland Clinic's Sports Medicine Fellowship is ACGME accredited, allowing the graduates to take the CAQ exam for Primary Care Sports Medicine. The Program utilizes the Universal Application Process outlined on the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine website.
Applications from foreign medical graduates of these specialties are accepted. Please see the link to Cleveland Clinic's Graduate Medical Education (GME) for visa requirements and information.
Applications are accepted from July 15 though Sept. 15 each year. Interviews are conducted in October. The rank list is submitted in December with the Match List available in January.
Please send applications to:
5555 Transportation Blvd.
Garfield Heights, OH 44125
Applications can be submitted electronically via email to: HUJARSL@ccf.org
This comprehensive Primary Care Sports Medicine Program is designed to maximize the exposure of the fellows to a broad range of primary care and orthopaedic sports medicine topics.
Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows spend time rotating with Primary Care Sports Medicine physicians, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine physicians, selected specialty trained Orthopaedic surgeons, adult and pediatric cardiologists, and musculoskeletal radiologists. The radiology curriculum includes X-ray, CT, MRI and MSK ultrasound experience. The Primary Care Sports Medicine Curriculum includes training in MSK ultrasound, extracorporeal shockwave therapy, and platelet-rich plasma therapy.
Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows incorporates experience and training in the following:
Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows function, with supervision, as team physicians for high school and collegiate athletes. The Fellowship also provides exposure to professional athletes from several different sports teams and world-class elite athletes.
The fellowship includes continuity clinics in Primary Care Sports Medicine providing a longitudinal patient care experience throughout the year. The fellows also serve as preceptors for residents in their specialty to maintain their skills.
Formal didactic lectures covering wide-ranging aspects of Primary Care and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine are presented on a weekly basis as part of an organized conference schedule by the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine fellows, and Sports Medicine staff. Development of lecture preparation and presentation skills is key to fellows seeking both academic and private practice careers.
Other regular conferences that enhance the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows’ educational experience include the following:
The fellows attend the AMSSM Fellows Leadership and Research Conference held at the beginning of the academic year and are required to participate in the AMSSM Annual Meeting by presenting cases and novel research.
The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellows are required to complete a research project during their one year fellowship. This is accomplished through a research curriculum, faculty leadership and dedicated research time.
The fellows present their research project at the annual Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic Department Research Day and are encouraged to submit their work for subsequent publication.