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Sports Medicine Fellowship - Grant Medical Center

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Sports Medicine Fellowship - Grant Medical Center

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Sports Medicine Fellowship - Grant Medical Center

The Sports Medicine Fellowship at Grant Medical Center was established in 1985 and became fully-accredited by the ACGME as a one-year program in 1998. The experience is concentrated in clinical and academic sports medicine.


Program Mission

Our mission is to provide a superior quality learning experience in the field of primary care sports medicine.

The program provides multiple learning environments and offers a strong curriculum in evaluation and treatment of the injured athlete, decision-making at multiple competitive levels, community health promotion/disease prevention, the exercise prescription, academic writing and teaching/research. The program is associated with the Family Medicine Residency Program at Grant Medical Center, as well as Sports Medicine-Grant and the OhioHealth McConnell Heart Health Center near Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Program Overview

  • Fellowship trained in a state-of-the-art sports medicine center that cares for community, school-aged, college and professional athletes
  • Unique exposure to pediatric sports medicine in a dedicated pediatric sports medicine center that is run by a fellowship-trained sports medicine physician, who is also one of our family medicine faculty
  • All graduates will be board-eligible for a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine and prepared for a career in clinical or academic sports medicine. NOTE: DO residency applicants will complete their CAQ with the AOA, not the ACGME. Contact the AOA directly for details and questions.
  • Fellows successfully completing training receive a certificate of completion

Program Objectives

  • To obtain and develop comprehensive skills in the diagnosis, imaging, surgical and non-surgical management, and rehabilitation of commonly encountered sports-related injuries
  • To expand knowledge within the field of physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • To develop skills in working with athletic trainers, physical therapists and other ancillary personnel in the "team management" of sports injuries
  • To gain the skills necessary to administer and supervise a comprehensive "wellness" program, including aerobic fitness, strength training, cardiac risk factor reduction, proper nutrition and other ancillary healthcare services
  • To learn the clinical indications, administration and supervision of graded exercise tests in the context of wellness and various disease states
  • To develop a practical approach to the use of exercise in the treatment and prevention of various disease states, including diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, obesity and the rehabilitation of specific musculoskeletal conditions


During the fellowship, you will be under the supervision of various attending physicians. Fellow responsibilities include:

  • Two to three half days per week at the Sports Medicine Grant Center (orthopedic sports medicine)
  • Team physician for local high school sports and collegiate sports
  • Treating college student athletes weekly in the Student Health Center and Training Room
  • Weekly collegiate and high school injury clinics (August through November)
  • Weekly high school training room session
  • Community outreach programs
  • Opportunity to participate in professional hockey team medical coverage
  • Participate in mass event medical coverage (Columbus Marathon, Arnold Sports Festival, Greater Ohio Bicycle Adventure)
  • One half day per week in specialty clinic

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of the fellowship. The didactic program includes:

  • Attend three to four monthly sports medicine lectures given by a fellowhip-trained sports medicine physicians
  • Participate in monthly sports medicine journal clubs
  • Weekly academic time for scholarly projects/research activities or attending hospital core conferences
  • Participation in the Annual SportsMedicine Grant Update Course
  • Opportunities for publication in sports medicine journals

You will be expected to develop, conduct and eventually publish an article or research project appropriate to primary care sports medicine.

  • Rotation Experience
  • Cardiovascular/Stress Testing
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Fracture Clinic
  • Musculoskeletal, Preventative and Manual Medicine (includes Ultrasound)
  • Musculoskeletal Imaging
  • Orthopedic Hand
  • Orthopedic Foot and Ankle
  • Orthopedics Sports Medicine
  • Pediatric Sports Medicine
  • Primary Care Sports Medicine
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Requirements for Fellowship

  • One position available each year. Selection is made through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).
  • Must be a graduate of an ACGME or AOA* approved program in: family medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • *NOTE: DO applicants who have completed a DO residency will take the CAQ through the AOA not the ACGME. Contact the AOA directly for details and questions.
  • Must be board eligible in your specialty as listed above
  • Passing score on USMLE parts 1-3 and/or FLEX, CBME or COMLEX
  • ECFMG certified, if applicable
  • NRMP match eligible


Belinda L. Snyder
Residency Program Administrator
Medical Education Department
285 East State Street, Suite 670
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-566-9041
Fax: 614-566-8073