Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

UPMC Family Medicine has a long tradition of superior education for primary care physicians including a one-year fellowship in sports medicine.

The Sports Medicine Fellows gain extensive clinical, academic, and “on-field” experience, working with local athletes from high school to the professional level. The Fellowship offers not only superior musculoskeletal training, but also a solid foundation in sports psychology, sports nutrition, musculoskeletal imaging (including MSK ultrasound), exercise physiology, academic development, and research design in preparation for the certificate of added qualification.

A particular asset of this program is its connection to UPMC's Department of Orthopedics and the world-class centers of basic-science research in sports medicine. In addition, the program partners with UPMC's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department to offer a comprehensive yearlong musculoskeletal ultrasound curriculum.

Throughout the year, the fellow acquires training room and on-field experience at a large high school, a Division I University and Division III college athletic program. Uniquely, the fellow has exposure to some of the best athletes in the world, observing the medical teams of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Penguins Hockey. The three fellows collaborate in the mass event planning and coverage participating in the Pittsburgh Marathon, EQT 10 Mile Race and the Pittsburgh Triathlon.

In addition, each fellow obtains exposure to dance medicine working with the Pittsburgh Ballet. Teaching faculty include athletic trainers, radiologists, physical therapists, world renowned orthopedists, and more than 10 physicians with special training and CAQs in Sports Medicine, among others.

Community, medical student/resident, and peer lectures and presentations are integrated throughout the Fellowship year. The fellows attend the Advanced Team Physician Course and consistently present annually at the National American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Conference. Although the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is administered through the Family Practice Residency Program, it is available to graduates of residencies not only in family practice, but also in internal medicine, pediatrics, PM&R and emergency medicine.

Faculty Development Fellowship

The University of Pittsburgh Faculty Development Fellowship is a flexible and innovative program with faculty committed to training excellent academic family physicians.

For those who wish to further their training beyond the three-year curriculum, UPMC Shadyside offers fellowship opportunities in Primary Care Sports Medicine, administered by UPMC St. Margaret, with office hours and the lecture series provided at UPMC Shadyside; Faculty Development Fellowship, administered jointly through UPMC St. Margaret's and UPMC Shadyside's residency programs; and two Geriatric Fellowships, administered through the Division of Internal Medicine or UPMC St. Margaret. Both the Faculty Development and IM Geriatrics Fellowship programs are based at UPMC Shadyside and administered on-site. Further information can be obtained through the Family Medicine Residency Program. 

There are opportunities during the fellowship to obtain a Master of Public Health or a Master of Medical Education. The areas of focus include Global Health, Hospitalist, OB Education, Tropical Medicine, HIV Medicine, Alternative Medicine, and many more.

We develop Family Medicine educators to become master teachers, collaborative researchers, skilled clinicians, and effective leaders.

Curriculum Domains

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Professional and Leadership Development
  • Research and Scholarly Activity
  • Administration and Management
  • Clinical Care