Clinical Education

The Spine Fellowship Incorporates:

  • Exposure to acute, sub-acute and chronic spine and musculoskeletal pathology
  • Extensive experience in University of Utah outpatient spine clinics with direct attending supervision, and progressive responsibility for independent work in the fellow’s continuity clinic
  • Opportunity to learn fluoroscopically guided spinal injections and ultrasound-guided injections under direct attending supervision. The mix is approximately 35% cervical, 5% thoracic, 55% lumbar and 5% appendicular. Experience includes spinal injections from upper cervical to sacral levels, radiofrequency neurotomy, and neuromodulation. Exposure to cadaver courses is available and encouraged.
  • Opportunity to rotate with radiologists, orthopaedic surgeons, and neurosurgeons, and immediate access to these specialists for consultation/education
  • Exposure to shadowing spine-specialized physical therapists
  • Maintain and sharpen electrodiagnostic skills (optional)

Didactic Education

  • Core Fellowship Didactic Lecture Series: Spinal anatomy, kinesiology, diagnostics, therapeutics.
  • Spinal procedure case conference
  • Journal club
  • Ultrasound Bootcamp
  • Department of PM&R Grand Rounds

Teaching Opportunities

  • Organize journal club conference
  • Deliver lectures during didactic conferences
  • Facilitate spinal procedure case conference
  • Supervise medical students and PM&R residents during their clinical rotations

Research Opportunities

  • Adopt and work on impactful spine/musculoskeletal research projects, supported by strong faculty mentorship and outstanding research support staff
  • Prepare and give grand rounds style presentations
  • Publish peer-reviewed journal articles and research abstracts, supported by strong faculty mentorship
  • Publishable textbook chapters
  • Present at National/International meetings

Contact Us

Zachary McCormcik
Zachary McCormick

Associate Professor, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Charis Wren

Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 801-587-5458