Fellows with Faculty at a Utah Football Game

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 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:

  • 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
  • Orthopaedic injury clinic (MSK urgent care)
  • Sports concussion
  • Women's sports health

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 musculoskeletal ultrasound and fluoroscopically guided therapeutic procedures.

Research Component

Fellows participate in a research project, submit at least one paper for publication during the year, and are required to attend and present at a national sports medicine meeting for example, 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.

Event Coverage

Fellows at the 2017 SLC Marathon

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.

The fellowship offers extensive opportunities for event coverage including:

  • University of Utah Athletics
  • University of Utah Club Sports
  • Local High Schools
  • Salt Lake City Marathon
  • South Jordan Marathon
  • The Salt Lake Bees
  • US Speed Skating
  • United States Ski and Snowboard Association
  • World Cup Events at the Utah Olypmic Park

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