Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery Fellowship

Fellowship Important Dates:

Number of positions: 2

Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)

Application deadline (for 2025 positions): 11/1/2023

Interview Date: Thursday, February 8, 2024 (Interviews will be held in person)

The Division of Sports Medicine offers two one-year, ACGME accredited fellowship positions for post-residency training in the subspecialty of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery.

Program Mission

To provide Fellows with the knowledge, skills, and tools to become leaders in the field of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery.

Our Faculty

Our Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery Fellowship Program Director is John A. Grant, MD, PhD, FRCSC and Co-Director is William R. Aibinder, MD, FAAOS.

Other faculty involved in our fellowship program include:

Click here to learn more about our fellowship faculty.

Clinical Instruction

During the academic year, our Fellows will rotate with each of the sports medicine faculty. The Division of Sports Medicine sees approximately 40,000 outpatient clinic visits per year and performs over 2,500 surgical cases. 

Fellows will have high exposure to general sports medicine problems of the knee, shoulder, hip, and elbow. Teaching our Fellows is a core component of the daily responsibilities of the faculty. Fellows are taught in a supportive learning environment where collaboration of care is encouraged.

Athletic Team Coverage

Our Fellows will develop comprehensive team physician skills by providing care for athletes at two Division One programs: the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. Our faculty also provide care for the USA Rugby Team, USA Hockey National Team Development Program, and USA Rowing Team. Our Fellows will have a rich on-field and training room experience with the football programs under our care. This will include training room sessions, home game coverage, and travel to away games and post-season competitions (Bowl Games). Our Fellows also complete a travel rotation in ski medicine at Sugarbush Mountain in Vermont. 

Academic Curriculum

Our fellowship curriculum includes the following events:

  • Case Conferences
  • Journal Club
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conferences
  • Research Conferences
  • Sports Medicine Lecture Series 


Our Fellows enjoy one day of protected research time every week. Faculty and research support staff work closely with our Fellows throughout the year in active mentorship to complete publishable manuscripts. Our state-of-the-art clinic includes space for clinical and human performance research. Our department has a full service basic science laboratory available to our Fellows. Our Fellows will have exposure to both clinical and basic science research.

Click here for a list of publications from our Fellows throughout the years. 

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Application Process

The Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery fellowship program selects candidates from eligible applicants based on educational history and performance, board and licensing exam scores, interpersonal skills, personal attributes, letters of reference, and interviews.

Applicant Requirements

Our program requires the following:

    • Completion of an accredited residency in Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Board Eligible or Board Certified
    • Submission of a fellowship application to the University of Michigan Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery fellowship, available at SF Match(link is external), and include three letters of recommendation and a current curriculum vitae.

By the numbers (annually)

Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery Fellowship Positions
Surgical Cases
Outpatient Sports Medicine Clinic Visits

The University of Michigan Sports Fellowship Program was an experience that I wouldn't trade for anything! I am forever grateful for matching at the U of M, as it was the perfect fit for me. Not only did the fellowship offer a wide variety of surgical cases, but the mentorship that was provided was second-to-none and I still to this day don't hesitate to reach out to any of the staff that once trained me. 

James Ross, MD - 2013 Graduate

Contact Us

Nicole Smail

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery