Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

The primary care sports medicine fellowship is a one-year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited program providing intensive training in sports medicine and musculoskeletal conditions. It is centered in the departments of Family Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center. Rush is nationally known for orthopedic and sports medicine excellence and for outstanding patient care, research and training.

Our rigorous and comprehensive curriculum complements hands-on experience in a wide variety of settings. You’ll work closely with sports-medicine physicians and faculty trained in internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics and orthopedic surgery. You’ll learn to confidently care for athletes and active individuals at every level, from providing pre-participation physicals, to treating on-field injuries, to the evaluation, diagnosis and non-operative treatment of a full range of conditions.

You’ll learn to determine the appropriateness of non-operative or operative care. With a goal of restoring patients to pre-injury function, you will build competence in the diagnosis and management of sports-related injuries and illnesses and also implement wellness programs focused on good nutrition, weight maintenance and injury prevention techniques.

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to provide treatment for athletes and individuals at all skill levels. Rush provides team coverage for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Fire, DePaul University athletic program, Chicago Steel, Chicago Force, Women’s Professional Roller Derby, Hubbard Street and River North dance companies, Trinity University athletic program and others.

How to apply

Our program accepts one fellow each year. Candidates must have completed a residency in family medicine, internal medicine pediatrics or or physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Fellow’s salary is commensurate with a PGY-4 level. Medical and disability insurance are provided, and parking is provided. Housing is not provided. Twenty days of vacation/meeting/interview time is allowed.

Please submit an application via the Electronic Residency Application Service and follow instructions on the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine website. Please also include the following:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Any other documents requested through ERAS

The application deadline is October 1. Interview dates will be posted when available. The academic year is August through July. For further questions or information, please email Phyllis Velez or call (312) 942-5850.

For faxed or mailed correspondence:

Phyllis Velez, C-TAGME
Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program
and Sports Medicine Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Rush University Medical Center
Orthopedic Building
1653 W. Congress Pkwy. 
Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60612
Fax: (312) 942-2040