What is a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow?

A fellow is a physician who is fully licensed and board eligible. These individuals are selected from many qualified graduates of top residency training programs nationwide to participate in our 12 month ACGME Accredited Fellowship Program. Fellows are important members of the team dedicated to the care of patients with non-surgical injuries of both upper and lower extremities.


Goals and Characteristics of this Fellowship:

The AREF Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship provides a comprehensive, diverse, educational experience in the field of Sports Medicine. Fellows develop expertise in the care of a wide range of medical and musculoskeletal problems. Graduates will possess the clinical competence needed to diagnose and manage medical illnesses and injuries related to sports and exercise in a variety of athletes and physically active patient populations, to include elite and professional athletes. The fellowship will also provide experience in functioning in the role of Team Physician to high school and NCAA Division I and II student-athletes.

By the end of the 12-month training program, fellows will be proficient in all six ACGME core competencies applicable to the field of Sports Medicine. Specifically, fellows will be able to:


  • Provide continuing, comprehensive care for health problems related to sports and exercise
  • Perform technical procedures, such as: casting and splinting, arthrocentesis and intra-articular joint injections
  • Perform diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and ultrasound guided procedures
  • Develop pre-participation examination programs, as well as conduct thorough pre-participation exams for organized athletes of a wide range of ages.
  • Identify and effectively communicate representative outpatient orthopaedic procedures
  • Provide on-site care and management to participants at various sporting events. Serve on team physician staff to several University of West Florida and University of South Alabama athletic teams which engage in seasonal sports and provide comprehensive and continuing care to team student-athletes
  • Serve as the team physician for a local high school
  • Plan and implement medical coverage for a mass participation event to include: providing medical consultation, direct patient care, event planning, protection of participants, coordination with local EMS systems and other medical aspects of mass participation of events
  • Discern how a variety of disciplines impact the field of sports medicine including, but not limited to: physiology and biomechanics, nutrition, pathology and pathophysiology of illness and injury, pharmacology, sports psychology, ethics and medical/legal aspects of exercise and sports
  • Provide patient, medical student, resident-education regarding sports medicine to patients, families, colleagues, allied health personnel, and community sports medicine networks
  • Fellows are also required to conduct a research project and submit a publication in a peer reviewed journal prior to completion of the program.
  • Conduct sports medicine scholarly activity
  • Utilize evidence-based medicine in clinical sports medicine practice
  • Maintain primary specialty skills


Please direct inquiries to: Ashley Mixson, Fellowship Manager at Ashley.Mixson@andrewsref.org

“While looking into fellowship programs, I wanted elite level training in diagnostic MSK ultrasound, exposure to all types of regenerative medicine techniques and experience caring for athletes from adolescents to high-profile professionals. AREF has provided me everything I wanted in a fellowship and more!  There were endless opportunities to work and learn from the best minds in sports preparing me to be a confident and experienced physician for my future career.”

Todd Hayano, DO
2019-2020 Primary Care Sports Fellow

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Fellowship Director:

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Joshua Hackel, MD

Asst. Fellowship Director:

Brett Kindle, MD

James Presley, MD


James Andrews, MD

Alex Coleman, MD

Adam Anz, MD

Roger Ostrander, MD

Christopher O’Grady, MD

Erik Nilssen, MD

Steve Jordan, MD

Duration: 12 months
Positions: 1 = 1 (ACGME accredited)

Our 2019-2020 Fellow

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Application Process

Applicants must register for the ERAS system through the ERAS Fellowship Documents Office (EFDO). The EFDO serves as the fellowship applicant’s virtual Dean’s Office. Registration will begin in Mid-June. Use the following link to obtain the latest registration information:  https://www.erasfellowshipdocuments.org/

Steps to ERAS Application

  • STEP 1   JUNE Register with ERAS System
  • STEP 2  JUNE Begin work on application
  • STEP 3  JULY 15 Begin applying to individual programs
  • STEP 4  JULY to SEPT Complete application process

› July 15 – Programs can begin review of applications

› September 30 – Application Deadline

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