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Program Description

Our program is a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship for applicants who have completed a residency in family medicine, internal medicine or pediatrics and who desire in-depth training in sports medicine and musculoskeletal issues with the goal of sitting for the Sports Medicine CAQ examination.


The ultimate goal of our program is to develop a well-rounded primary care sports medicine physician who can confidently care for all aspects of the athlete or active individual. This care may begin at the time of the pre-participation physical, at the time of injury, such as in the athletic arena, or any time thereafter and progress through the evaluation, diagnosis, and non-operative treatment of the individual. The graduate will have a clear understanding and be able to distinguish between the appropriateness of non-operative and operative care. The physician will be able to guide treatment including rehabilitation protocols to maximize the individual's ability to return to pre-injury function. At the completion of the fellowship the graduate will be clinically competent in diagnosing, managing medical illnesses and injuries related to sports activities and exercise, and implement prevention programs. These programs will encourage overall healthy lifestyle choices including good eating habits, proper weight maintenance, exercise, and injury prevention programs.

The Rush Experience

The Rush Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program is based at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, thus providing hands-on learning from an institution committed to excellent professional development, research, clinical skills and outstanding patient care. The fellow will have access to a wide variety of physicians during his/her training as well as state-of-the art equipment and resources. The fellow will participate in a variety of sports coverage providing diverse exposure to sports injuries and illnesses. Additionally, Rush provides team coverage for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, DePaul University Athletic Program, Chicago Steel, Chicago Force, Women's Professional Roller Derby, Hubbard Street and River North Dance Companies, Trinity University Athletic Program, as well as local high school team coverage.

Our program's inaugural year was 2006-7, offering one fellowship position annually. The academic year is August 1st through July 31st, thus allowing time for the fellow to move and get acclimated to Chicago. The fellow's salary is commensurate with a PGY-4 level. Medical and disability insurance are provided. Housing is not provided. Parking is provided. Twenty days of vacation/meeting/interview time is allowed. Our program participates in the Match.

Photo caption: Standing L-R: Jeffrey M. Mjaanes, MD; Nikhil N. Verma, MD; Joshua Blomgren, DO; Charles Bush-Joseph, MD; Shane Nho, MD, MS; Bernard R. Bach, Jr., MD, Director of Sports Medicine;
Seated L-R: Kathleen M. Weber, MD;Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA; Gregory P. Nicholson, MD; Anthony A. Romeo, MD. Not Pictured: Brian Forsythe, MD and Karen Gustafson, MD

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