Medical Education

Program Mission

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.

Its 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 SportsMedicine Grant and the McConnell Health Center at Riverside Methodist Hospitals.

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 health care 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
  • Training

    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 SportsMedicine 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
  • Didactic
    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
  • Research
    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
  • Compensation and Benefits

    Click here to see compensation and benefits offered to all residents and fellows. 
    Additionally, the Sports Medicine Fellow receives:

  • Reimbursement for in-training exam fees
  • Paid membership to American Medical Society for Sports Medicine        
  • Provided Texts:
    • Brunker & Khans Clinical Sporst Medicine
    • AMSSM Sports Medicine CAQ Study Guide
    • Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

    Requirements for FellowshipSee eligibility criteria for all programs.

    Additional eligibility criteria:

  • 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

  • To Apply or Questions

  • Applications accepted starting August 1st
  • Deadline is October 15th
  • Interviews held October through December
  • Position offered after NRMP Match Day
  • Training starts August 1st

    Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) ONLY. Please do not fax, mail or email your CV and/or application materials directly to the program. Please include the following information with your ERAS application:

  • Three letters of recommendation
              - one from your current Program Director
              - must be on letterhead
              - written within the last two years
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Copy of a valid ECFMG certificate (if you graduated from medical school outside of the United States)
  • Copy of medical school transcripts
  • Copy of medical school diploma
  • Copy of certificates or previous training
  • Copy of current state medical licenses
  • Questions:

    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
    Email: [email protected]



         Joel Shaw, MD, Program Director 

         Austen Musick, DO, Associate Program Director

         Jason Dapore, DO, Associate Program Director

         B. Rodney Comisar, MD 

         Raymond Tesner, DO

         Randall Wroble, MD

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