The Swedish Sports Medicine Program offers an ACGME-accredited sports medicine fellowship for one family medicine and one physical medicine graduate per year. Our fellows have the opportunity to participate in one of the few combined family medicine and physical medicine sports medicine fellowships in the country. Each fellow, who will work closely together, will complete required rotations and sports coverage responsibilities, along with two months of elective time.
Because our fellowship’s sponsoring residency program, Swedish Family Medicine Cherry Hill, is affiliated with the University of Washington, our fellows will enjoy access to all university resources, including the nationally-renowned Health Sciences Library and an expansive library system, both online and on campus.
Our faculty team, which has nearly 100 combined years of teaching and experience in sports medicine, has deep experience in providing sports medicine coverage for a wide variety of teams with athletes of all ages. Our full-time core faculty members are board-certified by the American Academy of Sports Medicine (AASM), have Certificates of Added Qualification Sports Medicine (CAQS), and include two family medicine faculty, two PM&R faculty and one pediatric faculty.
The curriculum is divided into 12 one-month blocks, with two rotations completed concurrently each month (see weekly table for an overview of rotations).
During September, October, February and March, fellows will be in the Seattle University training room after 2 p.m. on their rotation days working with the athletic trainers. They are expected to see a large number of athletes at various stages of rehabilitation and learn firsthand all modalities used to help athletes through the rehabilitation process. Afternoons during these months are the busiest times of the year in the training room and will be a very valuable experience not commonly offered during sports medicine fellowships.
Academic research is encouraged. Educational experiences are supported with a strong didactic series and journal club. Fellows are required to lecture or present a case or poster at one of the annual national sports medicine meetings (AMSSM or ACSM).
As is required of all accredited sports medicine programs, clinical experiences are designed for fellows to develop expertise in a wide range of medical and musculoskeletal problems in patients of all ages. The program includes longitudinal clinical experiences as well as specialty rotations.
The fellow will gain team physician experience with Seattle University and a local high school football team, where they may cover other sports as desired. In addition to game coverage, the fellow will be available for phone calls and player evaluations during the football season as needed by the trainer.
Sports Coverage Taught
At Seattle University, an NCAA Division I school, each fellow will be assigned one fall and one winter sport as their primary coverage responsibility. Both fellows will make weekly training room rounds to evaluate athletes from all sports. In addition, fellows will help provide medical coverage for the state high school wrestling tournament. They will also assist in organizing and providing coverage for the Ballard Criterion and one Seattle marathon. In the winter, fellows will have the opportunity to do ski slope coverage with our ski slope trauma faculty. Other teams our fellows help cover include: Seattle Storm WNBA, Issaquah Soccer League, Garfield HS Lacrosse and UW Lacrosse.
Summary of Scholarly Activities
During their fellowship, fellows will:
- Produce an academic project (either a formal presentation at a national conference, a piece of academic writing, or both)
- Attend weekly sports medicine didactics and monthly journal club
- Give formal presentations at the weekly sports medicine didactics three times a year
- Show proficiency in locating, appraising and assimilating evidence from scientific studies
- Journal Club: Articles will be selected from the fellow’s cases and current topics in sports medicine
- Attend at least one national conference in their fellowship year
Summary of Clinical Rotations
Fellowship will include the following rotations and activities:
This is longitudinal and happens concurrently with other rotations. It includes three clinic sessions per week at the Swedish Musculoskeletal Center – two sessions of sports medicine continuity clinic and one session of procedure clinic – and one session of primary-care continuity clinic – with the family medicine fellow at Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Clinic and the PMR fellow at the Musculoskeletal Center.
Work extensively with the Seattle University team physician and training staff to provide game coverage for one high school, and plan and execute medical coverage for one mass event
This is a continuity curriculum in MSK US and reading plain-film radiographs with the sports-medicine preceptor and includes two one-month blocks in medical imaging reading advanced imaging with a musculoskeletal radiologist
Two one-month blocks in the diagnosis and management of shoulder injuries with an orthopedic shoulder specialist.
Two one-month blocks in the diagnosis and management of knee injuries with an orthopedic knee specialist.
Ortho-Foot and Ankle
A one-month block in the diagnosis and management of foot and ankle injuries with an orthopedic foot and ankle specialist.
Podiatry-Foot and Ankle
Two one-month blocks in the diagnosis and management of foot and ankle injuries with a podiatrist.
Two one-month blocks in the diagnosis and management of back and spine injuries with a PMR spine specialist.
Two one-month blocks in the diagnosis and management of hip and pelvis injuries with an orthopedic hip specialist.
Two one-month blocks in the diagnosis and management of hand, wrist and elbow injuries with an orthopedic hand specialist.
Pediatric Primary Care Sports
A one-month block in the diagnosis and management of sports injuries in a pediatric population with a pediatric sports medicine physician.
A one-month block in the diagnosis and management of sports injuries in a pediatric population with a pediatric orthopedic specialist.
A one-month block in exercise testing and its use in competitive athletes with an exercise physiologist.
A one-month block in cardiac and pulmonary issues in athletes with a cardiologist and a pulmonologist with extensive experience working with elite athletes.
Psychology and Nutrition
A one-month block in psychology and nutrition issues in athletes with a psychologist and a nutritionist with extensive experience working with elite athletes
One half day per week during a one-month block with a physical therapist trained in treating athletes followed by time in the training room seeing athletes with various injuries throughout the recovery process.
Two one-month blocks to use, with the approval of the fellowship director, for additional experience in sports medicine.
Summary of Clinical Procedures
- Diagnostic MSK Ultrasound
- Trigger point injections
- Fracture care: splinting, casting and follow-up of non-displaced, non-operative fracture care
- Joint injection with or without arthrocentesis of:
- Subacromial injection
- AC injection
- Glenohumeral injection
- Long head of the biceps injection
- Medial and lateral epicondyle
- Ganglion cyst
- Carpal tunnel
- Trigger finger
- 1st MCP
- Guided injection of the femoral-acetabular joint
- Greater trochanter injection
- Illiopsoas bursa
- Guided sacroilliac injection
- Guided SIJ and hip
- Knee injection
- Pes anserine injection
- IT Band injection
- Bakers cyst
- 1st MTP joint
- Plantar fascia
- PM&R Fellows
- Guided spine injections
Fellowship Application and Timeline
- Application deadline: Aug. 31, 2022
- Fellowship duration: 12 months
- Interviews: October 10, October 17, and November 7, 2022. Details on in-person versus virtual options are TBD.
Swedish participates in the NRMP Primary Care Sports Medicine Matching Program and only considers applicants who have completed residencies in family medicine or physical medicine. Visit the ERAS website to submit an application.
At a minimum, the fellowship requests the following information from applicants:
- Completed ERAS application
- Three letters of recommendation (one from your residency's program director)
- Curriculum vitae
- Personal statement
- Copy of USMLE/COMPLEX transcript
- Copy of medical school diploma and transcript
- Certificate or other validation of all previous training
- Copy of current state medical licensure
Have questions related to the application process? Send us an email.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How many fellows do you accept per year?
We accept one family medicine applicant and one physical medicine applicant per year.
Do you sponsor visas?
Unfortunately Swedish cannot provide visa support to our fellowship program at this time.
Fellowship Program Contacts
Michael Erickson, MD
Swedish Spine, Sports & Musculoskeletal Medicine
Swedish Family Medicine Residency Program