Orthopaedic Surgery

Sports Medicine Fellowship (non-operative)

Fellowship Director: Michael Fredericson, MD
Associate Fellowship Director: Gordon Matheson, MD, PhD

Duration: 12 months

Deadline: September 30

Overview

Stanford University offers a multi-disciplinary fellowship that provides the opportunity for physicians trained in a variety of primary specialities to obtain sub-specialty training in sports medicine.  The goal of the fellowship is to teach the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for effective clinical practice in sports medicine. This fellowship provides physicians with hands-on clinical training, teaching experience, and instruction in research methodology, with the goal of preparing them to become skilled clinicians and leaders in academic sports medicine.  The fellowship currently accommodates three fellowship positions: two for PM&R physicians and one for primary care physicians.  All positions are ACGME accredited and is filled through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). 

Facilities

Fellows will care for NCAA Division I Athletes of Stanford University at the Lacob Family Sports Medicine Center, a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary facility with a medical clinic, digital X-ray, rehabilitation suite, and Human Performance Lab staffed with physicians, physical therapists, and sports scientists.  Fellows also work in the sports medicine clinics in the Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center in Redwood City, a 360,000 sq-ft facility with 96 exam rooms, 3 MRIs, 3 CTs, and 6 outpatient operating rooms.  The fellows also have the opportunity to care for the sports population at the Palo Alto VA Hospital and work at theCenter for Joint Reconstruction with Dr. Constance Chu.

Clinical Experience

The fellow will have extensive exposure to the management of sports-related medical and orthopaedic injuries and ailments.  The fellow will see and treat patients from a diverse population based on age, gender, ethnicity, culture and socioeconomic status, allowing for growth in professional development.  In addition to learning a sports-specific musculoskeletal examination, a review of imaging, an orthotic evaluation and principles of rehabilitation in sports injury, the fellow will learn peripheral joint, bursa and tendon sheath injections (with the use of ultrasound guidance, as appropriate), compartment pressure testing, outpatient management of acute, uncomplicated fractures, including bracing, splinting and casting techniques. Fellows will additionally have the opportunity to learn principles of biomechanical gait and running analysis in our human performance lab.

Fellows work closely with sports medicine faculty from various disciplines: Orthopedic Sports, PM&R Sports, PM&R Spine, Emergency Medicine, Orthopedic Foot/Ankle, Orthopedic Upper Extremity, Cardiology, and Musculoskeletal Radiology. In addition to clinical practice at Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center in Redwood City, fellows also spend time in Arrillaga Sports Medicine Center and Vaden Student Health Center, caring for varsity and club sport student athletes at Stanford University. Fellows also have opportunities for team and event coverage by serving as team physician for designated teams at Stanford University and Notre Dame de Namur (a local Division 2 university) and will also be extensively involved in the pre-participation screening of student athletes at the beginning of the year. Experience in mass-event coverage will be obtained through involvement in events such as the annual X-C and Track & Field invitationals and several national and international events hosted by Stanford University. Opportunities to assist with, observe, and perform outpatient and inpatient interventional procedures relevant to sports medicine will be facilitated through the Department of Orthopedic Surgery including arthroscopic surgery, platelet rich plasma and percutaneous tenotomy procedures, compartment pressure testing, and advanced electrodiagnostic skills.

Didactics

In association with the Sports Medicine Fellowship in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, the fellowship provides a series of didactic lectures and case-based learning modules as a formalized curriculum for fellows.  A multi-disciplinary conference is held every other Monday afternoon, as a forum to discuss management of specific cases as well as types of conditions relevant to sports medicine.  Faculty in Orthopedic Surgery, PM&R, Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, Athletic Training, and Physical Therapy are a part of this multi-disciplinary forum.  Regular conferences focused on interpretation of musculoskeletal imaging have been incorporated into this educational series, as well as workshops in musculoskeletal ultrasound and sports cardiology.  Every Tuesday morning, fellows attend a sports medicine conference that provides lectures covering a broad spectrum of topics in sports medicine.  Fellows also have the opportunity to attend Grand Rounds for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery or PM&R on Wednesday mornings.     

Scholarly Activity

Fellows complete a scholarly and quality improvement project during their fellowship.  This is either part of an ongoing project or as an independent, original project.  Fellows are required to complete one of the following: peer-reviewed funding and research, publication of original research or review articles, or presentations at professional society meetings (such as AMSSM or ACSM).

PM&R Sports Medicine Fellowship

Fellowship Director: Michael Fredericson, MD

The PM&R Sports Medicine fellow will work and learn in this dynamic environment under the guidance of the program director, Dr. Micheal Fredericson, and PM&R faculty Dr. David (DJ) Kennedy, Dr. Matthew Smuck, Dr. Eugene Roh and other full-time faculty in the department of Orthopedic Surgery and Primary Care. The fellow will work approximately 3 times per week at various clinics located at the Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center in Redwood City and the Palo Alto VA Sports Clinics and approximately 2 times per week with student athletes on the main Stanford University Campus at the Lacob Family Sports Medicine Center and Vaden Student Health Center. The fellow is designated as assistant team physician for men’s and women’s cross-country and track & field, men’s and women's soccer, men's and women’s gymnastics, softball and other sports depending on specific interests. As a team physician for these sports, the fellow works closely with athletic training staff and physical therapists to coordinate a multi-disciplinary approach towards the care of these student athletes. 

Fellows must have a California medical license and be board certified or board eligible in PM&R before beginning the fellowship. Fellowship program is for one year and starts on August 1.

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Associate Fellowship Director: Gordon Matheson, MD, PhD

The primary responsibility of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow is to help care for the NCAA Division I student athletes at Stanford University. This clinical experience is based at the Lacob Family Sports Medicine Center. Fellows work under the supervision of attending physicians Dr. Gordon Matheson and Dr. Jennifer Baine. Fellows augment this experience with clinical time at outpatient sports medicine clinics in the Departments of PM&R and Orthopaedic Surgery.


Extensive experience in team coverage is gained through participation in the care of multiple teams at Stanford University. The fellow serves as a team-physician for the men’s football team, providing care for athletes in the training room, practices, and games. The fellow also is designated as team physician for many other sports, depending on specific interests. As a team physician for these sports, the fellow works closely with athletic training staff and physical therapists to coordinate a multi-disciplinary approach towards the care of these student athletes.

Fellow must have a California medical license before beginning the fellowship. This is a one year fellowship which starts on July 1.

Applications must be submitted via ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). Please make sure to include the following with your application: Medical school Dean's Letter, 3 letters of recommendation, Board scores, and a personal statement.

For additional questions, please contact:  
Michael Fredericson, MD, FACSM
Professor, Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Director, PM&R Sports Medicine Service
Team Physician, Stanford Athletics

Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center
450 Broadway Street, MC6342  
Redwood City, CA 94063

Veronica Liew
Coordinator, PM&R Sports Medicine Fellowship
Office: (650) 725-6134
Fax: (650) 721-3470

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