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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 primarily rotate at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in musculoskeletal and sports medicine clinics, procedure suite clinics (diagnostic and intervention ultrasound, interventional spine) and an inpatient musculoskeletal consult service. Fellows will also work at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) in the student health clinic and athletic training rooms. Other rotations include pediatric sports medicine, orthopedics and fracture clinics at Lurie Children’s hospital. There will be opportunities for additional elective time, including orthopedic surgery clinics at Northwestern, women’s health clinics, as well as electrodiagnostic procedure exposure. The fellow will have exposure to physical therapy and occupational therapy, with emphasis on functional rehabilitation and evidence-based therapeutic treatments.

Fellows will be involved in Division I and club team coverage at Northwestern University, major race event coverage (Chicago Marathon), adaptive sports coverage, and performing arts coverage throughout the year. Fellows will also have teaching responsibilities with residents and medical students through a weekly musculoskeletal lecture series (cadaver anatomy dissection, physical examination and ultrasound small group, pathology and kinesiology lectures), organizing a weekly musculoskeletal journal club and additional opportunities at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. The fellows will participate in and teach at an annual 2-day cadaver interventional ultrasound course at Northwestern that is sponsored by the department.

Fellows have weekly didactics with faculty and a monthly fellows educational series with the Chairman of the PM&R department. Fellows will also be involved in a scholarly activity, which will include conducting original research as well as opportunities for publishing a review article or chapter or presenting at a national meeting. There is flexibility to adapt the fellowship schedule to meet individual interests.

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

About the Program

 Program Mission Statement and Aims

Program Mission Statement

The Sports Medicine Fellowship is dedicated to developing future leaders in sports medicine by providing comprehensive training in sports medicine and musculoskeletal clinical care, research and medical education.

Program Aims

1)     Provide comprehensive clinical training that includes a broad exposure to and opportunities for sports medicine coverage (including adaptive sports and performing arts coverage)

2)     Provide extensive exposure to and training for the use of diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and ultrasound-guided procedures

3)     Provide exceptional opportunities for scholarly and academic activities in the area of sports and musculoskeletal medicine

 Supporting Documents

 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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Elizabeth Brown, MD

Elizabeth Brown, MD

Residency: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab/Northwestern McGaw Medical Center

Brian Cervoni-Rosario, MD

Brian Cervoni-Rosario, MD

Residency: University of Washington

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