Family Medicine


Sports Medicine Fellowship

The Department of Family Medicine’s sports medicine fellows have a unique opportunity to experience primary care sports medicine in a variety of settings from the leaders in the field. This one-year training program alternates between primary care sports medicine faculty and orthopedists. Clinical training is provided by an excellent staff of sports physical and occupational therapists and athletic trainers as well. Sports Medicine fellows at IU School of Medicine become experts in primary care sports medicine evaluation, assessment of disease/injury and prevention and in creating long-term rehabilitation plans.

During the program, fellows acquire the knowledge, skills and proficiency needed to care for those engaged in sports and exercise at an expert level while maintaining and building on primary care abilities. Fellows develop the clinical competencies required to diagnose and manage medical illnesses and injuries related to sports and exercise, the expertise to become a community resource and leader as well as the framework and skill set for future research. The fellowship equip learners to successfully complete the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Sports Medicine. By the end of the fellowship program, physicians have the skills necessary to become a national leader in Sports Medicine care.

Clinical Experience

The clinical experiences during the fellowship include injury prevention, pre-participation evaluation, management of acute sports injury and chronic illness or injury and rehabilitation, working as a team physician at sporting events, physical therapy modalities, exposure to surgical pathology and anatomy and weekly exposure to MSK ultrasound and injections.

Fellows have many responsibilities, including coverage of multiple national professional and amateur sporting events that come to Indianapolis, which is home to the NCAA headquarters, ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), National Federation of State High School Association, and numerous professional, collegiate, and high school teams. Fellows have primary coverage of a high school and cover Division I Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). There are also opportunities for coverage of Purdue University athletics. Examples of the variety of sports medicine events covered include NCAA Championship events, Golden Gloves boxing, and Indiana High School Association Athletic State Championships. Fellows complete one half-day per week of family medicine continuity clinic in downtown Indianapolis. Fellows trained in this setting prepare become leaders in the field of primary care sports medicine, and they become comfortable in any academic environment.


During didactics, fellows learn physiology and biomechanics, healing and injury repair as well as the medical aspects of specific sports and the principles of rehabilitation, medical and legal aspects of sports. Ethical principles, pediatric injuries, the psychology of performance and competition, complementary and alternative sports medicine, nutrition, the effects of systemic disease on exercise, and emergency evaluation on the field are also covered in this fellowship program.


Offered by one of the largest medical schools and academic medical centers in the United States, this Indiana University School of Medicine fellowship program offers multiple opportunities for teaching. Sports Medicine fellows give lectures and joint examination workshops for IU School of Medicine MD students and to family medicine and other residents as well as to primary care and orthopedic sports medicine staff.

Other educational activities include attendance and presentation at monthly physical therapy rounds, monthly radiology rounds; presentations for the community, residency and national sports medicine conferences; a research project; bi-monthly journal clubs and book review opportunities; and quarterly musculoskeletal didactic sessions for the family medicine residency as well as scholarly submissions to peer-reviewed journal and textbook chapters.

Research and Presentation Experience

The fellowship involves participation in community-service activities and a research project in any area of interest in sports medicine. Sports medicine fellows are encouraged to submit cases and/or abstracts for presentation at national sports medicine conferences including the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the Advanced Team Physician course.

Curriculum and Rotation Schedule

The Sports Medicine Fellowship schedule integrates primary care sports medicine as well as orthopedics in a 12-month rotation schedule. One month focuses on musculoskeletal radiology. During the fellowship rotations, physicians participate in primary care sports medicine, musculoskeletal radiology, focused care on the knee, shoulder, hand and wrist, foot and ankle as well as general orthopedics.

Application Process

Applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency program. Candidates must be trained in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Pediatrics, ER and PM&R. Preference is given to applicants trained in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine/Pediatrics. Candidates must have U.S. citizenship; the J-1 VISA is not accepted. Applicants must submit the application and supporting documentation via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) system. Applications for the 2018 Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship will be accepted beginning July 17, 2017. Additional information is available through AAMC.