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), where we enjoy a positive and collegial environment, and all faculty share the goals of providing exceptional patient care, training the future leaders in the field, and advancing medical knowledge through research and innovation.

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 a significant part 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 may be spent in the anatomy lab performing and reviewing musculoskeletal dissections and practicing ultrasound guided needle placement. The anatomy lab sessions are overseen by the attending physicians and by a PT/PhD instructor of anatomy at the university.

Clinical Experience

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

  • Emergency medicine/sports medicine
  • Family practice/sports medicine
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Internal medicine/sports medicine
  • Musculoskeletal radiology
  • Sports ultrasound
  • Orthopedics/sports medicine
  • Pediatric orthopaedics
  • Physical therapy
  • PM&R/sports medicine
  • Orthopaedic injury clinic (MSK urgent care)
  • Sports concussion
  • Women's sports health
  • Lifestyle medicine clinic

During the winter, the fellows work 1-2 days per week at a local mountain resort ski clinic. This experience provides exposure to the full range of acute injuries that occur in skiing and snowboarding.

The fellows also have substantial exposure to sports ultrasound and fluoroscopically guided therapeutic procedures.

Research Component

Participation in scholarly activity is a requirement. There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Fellows participate in a research project, submit at least one paper for publication during the year, and are expected to attend and present at a national sports medicine meeting such as AMSSM or ACSM. The research or scholarly activity can be part of an ongoing project or it can be an original project. The University of Utah has extensive research resources in sports medicine and sports science. Fellows have access to experts in all areas of sports medicine, statisticians, research coordinators, IRB experts and research administrators.

Event Coverage

Fellows at the 2017 SLC Marathon

Utah is a sports mecca, enabling the fellowship to offer extensive event coverage opportunities.  Our sports medicine group is involved in many regular and intermittent local, national and international sports events.  As one of just two National Medical Providers for the United States Olympic Committee, our sports team is involved in the care of some of our countries most elite international level athletes.  A partial list of sports teams, organizations and events with whom we partner includes:

  • University of Utah Athletics
  • University of Utah Club Sports
  • Salt Lake Community College
  • Multiple Local High Schools
  • Salt Lake City Marathon
  • South Jordan Marathon
  • Utah Jazz NBA Team
  • Utah Stars NBA D-League Team
  • The Salt Lake Bees AAA Baseball Team
  • Tour of Utah Stage Cycling Race
  • US Speedskating Events, Including World Cup Events
  • United States Ski and Snowboard Association Events
  • World Cup and other Events at the Utah Olympic Park
  • USA Nationals for climbing, fencing and judo. 

Fellows have also had the opportunity to participate in international travel for event coverage, including Junior Volleyball World Championships in Argentina, Freeskiing World Cup in China, Junior Speedskating World Championships in Finland, US Speedskating in Russia, and Climbing World Championships in Japan.

Fellows at the USOC Chula Vista Athlete Training Center in San Diego, CA

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

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