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Academics and Research

Clinical training

In the sports medicine fellowship, you will train with seven orthopedic surgery attending physicians and four primary care sports medicine attendings in operating room and office settings, gaining considerable experience in both.

You'll build proficiency in the following:

  • Open and closed shoulder stabilizations
  • Cuff surgery and acromioplasty
  • Arthroplasties
  • Complex revision procedures
  • Arthroscopic-assisted shoulder stabilizations and rotator cuff repairs
  • ACL reconstructions (more than 300 performed annually by two of our physicians)

You'll also gain exposure to advanced techniques, including the following:

  • Single-incision endoscopic techniques, including patellar tendon autografts, revision surgery (5 percent) and selected reconstructions with hamstring autografts (5 percent)
  • Cartilage and meniscal preservation techniques, including carticel, mosaicplasty and meniscal transplantation

Other advantages

Our program is very close to the Learning Resource Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

Our fellows often participate as junior faculty members in courses sponsored by AAOS, AOSSM and AANA, gaining access to nationally and internationally recognized sports medicine experts. Most fellows attend at least eight continuing medical education courses during the fellowship year.


You'll participate in research with one dedicated research day per week and ample time for additional reading and research. You are expected to publish a minimum of two papers during fellowship, with more encouraged; several previous fellows have published 10 or more. You'll also present their findings at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery’s thesis day in late May or June.