The University of Utah offers an academically based, multi-disciplinary fellowship in sports medicine. The fellowship is designed to provide the fellow with broad exposure to the full range of sports and musculoskeletal pathology. There is a particular focus on biomechanical, kinetic chain and exercise principles. The fellow works closely with faculty, fellows and residents in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Orthopaedics, Radiology, Physical Therapy and Exercise and Sports Science. This one-year, ACGME accredited, comprehensive training program is based at the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center (UOC).

Educational Program

The fellowship includes a comprehensive didactic curriculum through a series of journal clubs and conferences with exceptional educational value. This conference series covers the full spectrum of musculoskeletal and medical topics within sports medicine.

Monday morning orthopaedic sports medicine conference

The Monday conference covers both non-surgical and surgical sports medicine topics. There is a special focus on clinical biomechanics, pre-surgical care and post-surgical rehabilitation in addition to technical aspects of surgical procedures.

Tuesday morning musculoskeletal conference

The Tuesday conference covers a broad range of general musculoskeletal and sports medicine topics, including fluoroscopically guided procedures, ultrasound guided procedures and cutting edge biological treatments. There is a special emphasis on reviewing the current literature in sports and musculoskeletal medicine.

Wednesday morning orthopaedic grand rounds

The non-surgical sports medicine fellows are encouraged to attend selected orthopaedic grand rounds, which are uniformly well done and provide outstanding educational value on a broad range of orthopaedic topics. Local, national and international lecturers of prominence are invited to speak.

Thursday morning sports medicine conference

The Thursday sports medicine conference covers nearly the entire spectrum of sports medicine topics. Approximately 65 percent of the sessions are dedicated to musculoskeletal topics and 35 percent are dedicated to medical topics pertinent to sports medicine. Faculty, residents and medical students on the non-surgical sports medicine service attend this conference. Attendance at this conference prepares the fellows well to sit for the sport medicine board examination.

Anatomy lab

Time is spent in the anatomy lab performing and reviewing musculoskeletal dissections and practicing ultrasound guided needle placement.

Clinical Experience

The fellows have the opportunity to rotate with fellowship-trained faculty in the following areas:

  • Family practice/sports medicine
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Internal medicine/sports medicine
  • Musculoskeletal radiology
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Orthopedics/sports medicine
  • Pediatric orthopaedics
  • Physical therapy
  • PM&R/sports medicine
  • Rheumatology/sports medicine
  • Sports concussion
  • Women's sports health

The fellows participate in performing pre-participation physicals for local high school and college athletes. Each fellow assumes primary responsibility for either a local high school football team and/or a college team and assists with other event coverage. In the winter the fellows spend time at the University's Ski Clinic at the base of Park City Mountain Resort. This experience provides exposure to the full range of acute injuries that occur in skiing and snowboarding. The fellows also have substantial exposure to musculoskeletal ultrasound and fluoroscopically guided therapeutic procedures.

Research Component

The fellows participate in a research activity and some other form of scholarly activity. The research or scholarly activity can be part of an ongoing project or it can be an original project. It is anticipated that the fellow will prepare a presentation for a national meeting such as AMSSM and/or ACSM and will prepare a manuscript for publication.

Event Coverage

The fellowship offers extensive opportunities for event coverage, including those below.

University of Utah Athletics & Club Sports

Local High Schools

US Speed Skating

United States Ski and Snowboard Association

Salt Lake City Marathon

Daybreak Triathlon

South Jordan Marathon and Half-marathon

World Cup Bobsled, Skeleton, Luge

Contact Us

Stuart Willick

Professor, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Email: stuart.willick@hsc.utah.edu

Charis Wren

Fellowship Coordinator

Email: charis.wren@hsc.utah.edu

Phone: 801-587-5458

University of Utah Orthopaedic Center
590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108