The University of Michigan Medical School Department of Family Medicine sponsors two positions in the Sports Medicine fellowship open to applicants who have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Emergency Medicine. The fellowship is accredited by and meets all requirements of the ACGME, and follows general educational objectives specified by the ACGME and University of Michigan Graduate Medical Education.

The fellowship is 12 months in length and provides comprehensive clinical and academic training in Primary Care Sports Medicine, as well as opportunities for research and faculty development.  Fellowship graduates will be fully prepared and eligible to take the Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) examination in Sports Medicine, offered by the American Board of Family Medicine or the fellow’s primary specialty board.

The first fellow in this training program graduated in June 1993.  The fellowship was accredited by the ACGME in September 1996 and reaccredited in 2001, 2006, 2012, 2016, and 2018.  More than seventeen current Primary Care Sports Medicine faculty members have successfully completed the CAQ examination.


The full curriculum includes experience and training in the following areas:

  •  Primary Care Sports Medicine
    • Adult and pediatric
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Adult and pediatric
    • Hand/Wrist/Elbow, Shoulder/Hip/Knee, Foot/Ankle
  • Exercise stress testing
  • Sports Neurology
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology
  • Diagnostic and Interventional Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Ann Arbor Pioneer High School student-athlete care and event coverage
  • Eastern Michigan University student-athlete care and event coverage
  • University of Michigan student-athlete care and event coverage
  • Continuity care in primary specialty
  • Mass competition coverage and planning
  • Assigned teaching responsibilities (medical student, resident, continuing medical education)
  • Several elective opportunities in areas of special interest
  • Research with a well-developed research infrastructure and experienced faculty mentors
  • Enrollment in the Department of Family Medicine’s Faculty Development Institute
  • Didactic sessions, Quality Improvement/Patient Safety conferences, Journal clubs, and Musculoskeletal Radiology conferences



The fellowship training program in primary care sports medicine consists of required longitudinal experiences and elective rotations.  The curriculum is designed to meet all ACGME requirements for fellowship accreditation as well as to address, in a direct and structured fashion, the educational objectives specified by the American Board of Family Medicine in its examination materials for the Certificate of Added Qualification.



  • Outpatient Non-Operative Orthopedic Sports Medicine clinics – 1-2 half‑days weekly
  • Outpatient Primary Care Sports Medicine clinics, 2-4 half‑days weekly
  • Eastern Michigan University and University of Michigan athletic team training room clinics, 4-5 half-days weekly
  • Ann Arbor Pioneer High School team training room clinic 1 half-day weekly
  • Outpatient Continuity Clinic in primary specialty, 1 half‑day weekly
  • Research and teaching skill development at offices of the Department of Family Medicine, 1 to 2 half-days weekly
  • Enrollment in Faculty Development Institute
  • Diagnostic and interventional ultrasound, 1-2 half days weekly


REQUIRED ROTATIONS (generally 4-6 weeks)

  • Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Imaging
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Sports Neurology
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Exercise stress testing
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Adult and Pediatric
    • Hand/Wrist/Elbow, Shoulder/Hip/Knee, Foot/Ankle
  • University Health Services Sports Medicine Student Health Clinic


Elective Rotations are available in a variety of disciplines and topics dependent upon fellow interest. 

Support is provided for attendance at the annual American Medical Society for Sports medicine (AMSSM) Fellows’ Research Conference, annual American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) meeting, and the annual AMSSM meeting.  Fellows are granted full access to the University of Michigan Taubman Medical Library and its on-line medical databases.

The University of Michigan is a national leader in medical education and research.  The fellows have access to the University’s vast educational and research resources The Sports Medicine fellow is expected to make educational contributions, with appropriate training and supervision, to medical student, resident and postgraduate teaching programs, as well as to contribute to a didactic core curriculum in Sports Medicine in conjunction with faculty members of the department.  Fellows are expected to present research and/or a clinical case at the annual AMSSM and ACSM meetings. A publishable scholarly project of some type such as a clinical review, book chapter, case report, or original research, and a Continuous Quality Improvement and Patient Safety project are required. 



Applicants are required to be residency-trained at an ACGME accredited residency program in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or Emergency Medicine and certified by their primary Board, or scheduled to take the board certification examination. They must have a significant commitment to a teaching and/or research career in Primary Care Sports Medicine.  The fellows will be appointed at the appropriate postgraduate level consistent with previous experience and training, and receive a stipend and benefits consistent with the level of appointment.  The University of Michigan strives to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion in the recruitment and selection of trainees. 

The fellowship program participates with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), under the supervision of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM).  The program subscribes to all application, interviewing and match list deadlines specified by the NRMP.