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Sports Medicine Fellowship

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine offer a one-year, comprehensive sports fellowship in an academic setting. The fellowship is ACGME-accredited, so an individual completing our fellowship will be eligible to take the subspecialty board exam for sports. Fellows will be involved in team coverage, major race event and performing arts coverage, spinal injections, ultrasound procedures, teaching residents and medical students, cadaveric dissection and organizing journal clubs. There will be opportunities for elective time, including exposure to electrodiagnostic procedures, women’s health, bone health issues and adaptive sports. Fellows will also be involved in a scholarly activity, which will include conducting original research as well as publishing a review article or chapter or presenting at a national meeting. There is flexibility to adapt fellowship to meet individual interests. The fellow will have exposure to physical therapy and occupational therapy, with emphasis on functional rehabilitation and evidence-based therapeutic treatments.

For more information about the program, please browse the categories below or download our Sports Medicine Fellowship Brochure.

About the Program

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Care of Patients with Musculoskeletal Pain–Related Complaints

  • Gather essential information and accurate patient information
  • Develop and implement patient management plans
  • Perform competently all medical procedures and provide services aimed at preventing secondary complications
  • Make decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions
  • Formulate differential diagnosis for patients with focal and regional pain complaints
  • Identify indications for imaging and electrodiagnostic studies
  • Identify indications for peripheral joint injections
  • Identify indications for ordering spinal injections; able to describe level and routes
  • Understand risks of peripheral joint, soft tissue and spine injections
  • Compose rehabilitative and preventative exercise prescription
  • Identify conditions that require surgical referral
  • Experience reading spine, knee, hip, shoulder, ankle X-rays and spine, knee and shoulder MRIs
  • Demonstrate the role of the physiatrist and concept of team approach to care, working effectively/collaboratively as leader of the team
  • Communicate effectively and demonstrate caring/respectful behaviors with patients and staff
  • Experience with performing peripheral joint injection under sterile technique safely
  • Experience with performing spinal injection procedures under sterile
  • Experience with using fluoroscopy in a safe manner
  • Gain exposure to ultrasound-guided injections
  • Understand the role for complementary/alternative medicine

Clinical Science

  • Develop knowledge base of the person impaired by musculoskeletal pain–related complaints
  • Understand biologic basis for tissue injury and repair
  • Understand biologic pain mechanisms
  • Understand kinesiology principles of the spine, shoulder, knee, ankle, foot
  • Understand clinically relevant anatomy and biomechanics
  • Understand physiologic effect of exercise on health and fitness, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries, and augmentation of sports performance
  • Understand physiologic effect of therapeutic modalities on soft tissues
  • Understand the degenerative cascade of the spine
  • Understand manual and functional rehabilitation approaches
  • Understand relevance of peer-reviewed journal articles and how evidence-based medicine can be incorporated into clinical practice

System-Based Practice

  • Appreciate care provided to the person with musculoskeletal pain related complaints in context of larger healthcare system
  • Understand financial and quality of life implications for the patient and society
  • Advocate for quality patient care and assist patients in dealing with system complexities
  • Learn how to partner with health care managers, coaches, primary care physicians and physical therapists as appropriate to assess, coordinate and improve health care and how these activities impact system performance

 How to Apply

Applications will be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service.

 Why Northwestern?

Housestaff training through McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides diverse and challenging clinical experiences and world-class education located in the heart of the beautiful city of Chicago. Learn more via the links to the McGaw website below.

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Samuel Chu, MD

Samuel Chu, MD

Program Director

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Meghan Urban, MD

Meghan Urban, MD

Residency: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab/Northwestern McGaw Medical Center

Michael Lu, MD

Michael Lu, MD

Residency: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab/Northwestern McGaw Medical Center

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