What is an Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellow?

A fellow is an orthopaedic surgeon who is fully licensed and board eligible. These individuals are selected from over 100 qualified graduates of top orthopaedic surgery residency programs nationwide to participate in our 12 month Fellowship Program. Fellows are important members of the team dedicated to the care of patients with injuries of both upper and lower extremities. Weekly clinics, arthroscopic procedures, open surgical treatment, and research requirements form the core responsibilities of our Fellowship Program. Other activities include weekly conferences on the latest techniques and information in orthopaedic sports medicine.


Goals and Characteristics of this Fellowship:

The Fellowship Program offers exposure to all areas of orthopaedics and sports medicine, including knee, shoulder, elbow, spine, and foot & ankle surgery as well as hip arthroscopy. The responsibilities foster a close working relationship with board certified attendings in clinics and operating room settings. Each fellow rotates independently with five separate attendings on 2 month rotations. Fellows focus on developing skills in all aspects of the musculoskeletal examination, ligament reconstruction, and arthroscopic surgery procedures. Fellows also assist in surgical procedures that are facilitated in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Research requirements are fulfilled through use of the biomechanics lab, cadaveric surgical skills lab, or clinical outcome studies. Fellows are also required to submit a publication in a peer reviewed journal prior to completion of the program.

Fellows actively participate in team coverage and event management as part of their educational experience. Each fellow is assigned to oversee local high school sporting events, assist with coverage of professional athletic teams and colleges, as well as other professional, recreational and competitive events. Fellows are expected to interact with and educate residents and medical students rotating on site. Continuing educational programs include sports medicine conferences, sports medicine journal clubs, and orthopaedic case study conferences. The program will send each fellow to two major conferences per year. Fellows must have a Florida Medical License, Federal DEA, and be board certified or board eligible in orthopaedic surgery before beginning the program.

Please submit your application for the AREF Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship through the SF Match Program: sfmatch.org

The SF Match requires the following documents:

  • Completed and signed Central Application Service (CAS) application forms
  • distribution list and payment
  • USMLE scores
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • Updated CV (please see SF Match format)


Please direct inquiries to: Drew Skidmore, Fellowship Manager at drew.skidmore@andrewsref.org

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship

Fellowship Director:

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James R. Andrews, MD

Asst. Fellowship Director:
Roger V. Ostrander, MD

Charles Roth, MD
Adam Anz, MD
Steve Jordan, MD

Duration: 12 months
Positions: 7 = 4 (ACGME accredited), 3 (non-accredited*)


*Non-accredited fellows will receive the same curriculum, rotation schedule, and sports coverage assignments.  Non-accreditied fellows are ineligible to sit for the ABOS CAQ examination.

Our 2019-2020 Fellows

“One of the most rewarding things about being a fellow at AREF is the time I got to spend as the team physician for a high school football team. That was my team. Those were my guys. I called the shots. I was there for all the games, kept in contact throughout the week, and provided any necessary care. Andrews really impacts the community in that we cover a large area of four counties by supplying team physicians and athletic trainers. The care we provide these teams is invaluable in terms of keeping the players healthy and able to perform at the highest level possible.”

Dr. Domenic Esposito, 2017-18 Fellow

“As a young surgeon, one of the most important qualities in my training is to have a mentor to guide me in my own practice. Being here at Andrews has given me the opportunity to be exposed to multiple people in that role – not only Dr. Andrews, but his partners as well. I am honored to be here; this place is like nowhere else!”

Dr. Benjamin Cox, 2017-18 Fellow

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