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Sports Medicine - Fellowship Program

Letter from the Program Director

Dr. Marc Safran, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center

Thank you for your interest in the Stanford Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship. I am the Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine, as well as the fellowship director. We have an outstanding sports medicine fellowship that is highlighted by many things that make our program unique and highly sought after. Our fellowship covers the gamut of sports medicine, including intensive experiences in shoulder surgery (including arthroscopy, arthroplasty and tendon transfers), hip arthroscopy, and elbow surgery, in addition to non-arthroplasty open and arthroscopic knee surgery. There is opportunity for ankle surgery as well. We have 9 sports medicine and shoulder surgery faculty that have trained at different institutions, allowing for exposure for the fellows to varied approaches to the management of a variety of orthopaedic sports medicine problems. We also provide the fellows team physician experiences for professional and college teams (division I and II), as well as mass participation events, such as the Stanford Invitational. We have an active didactic educational curriculum as well as broad spectrum of research opportunities. There are regular journal clubs, and cadaveric surgical skills labs for the fellows, and the fellows teach arthroscopy on cadavers to residents. At least one day a week is allowed for research endeavors. The orthopaedic sports medicine fellows interact with the primary care and PM&R sports medicine fellows, as well as orthopaedic surgery residents and medical students. The Stanford Sports Medicine fellowship offers the fellow one of the most comprehensive educational experiences available anywhere. Our goal is to continue to improve the fellowship, to be the best fellowship in the country.

Contact Information

Janet Lockshin
Fellowship Coordinator
P: 650-721-7618

Applicants Requirements

1.       Must have, or be able to get, a California Medical License, and be board certified or board eligible prior the start of fellowship.

2.       Must have (or at least tested for and are awaiting results) a Flouroscopy X-Ray Supervisor and Operator License through the California Department of Public Health Radiologic Branch prior to start of fellowship.

3.       International candidates, please see this link for information:

How to apply:

1.       Please go to SFMatch at and click on “Specialties” for information and instructions.

2.       We accept applications for the 2nd academic year following the application period (ie-application received in 2017 are for the 2019-2020 academic year).

3.       Application period opens September 1

4.       Deadline for applications is November 1

5.       Interviews fall late winter, early spring, determined by the AOSSM and AANA.


1.       Four fellows are selected for each academic year

2.       Selections are made shortly after December 1