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.

Mission Statement:

To educate primary care physicians in the wide range of medical and musculoskeletal problems unique to athletes at all levels of participation and to graduate physicians who will become advancers in the specialty of sports medicine while providing the highest quality and safest patient care possible.

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship focuses on providing top-level education and training in the field of Sports Medicine while providing the highest quality and safest patient care available. The program prides itself on providing a unique focus on surgical experiences and procedures. Graduates of the program will develop expertise in the care of a wide range of medical and musculoskeletal problems, possessing the clinical competence required to diagnose medical illnesses and injuries related to sports and exercise in a variety of athletes. The graduated fellows will also be proficient in all six ACGME core competencies, research, and the ability to present and train other Sports medicine professionals.

Program Aims:

  • Prepare fellow(s) for competency in a wide variety of procedures for sports medicine.
  • Provide opportunities in comprehensive sports coverage with opportunities to care for elite athletes.
  • Fellows are proficient in all six ACGME core competencies.
  • Fellows are confident in appropriate surgical and procedural experiences.
  • Fellows are comfortable and effective functioning as team physicians, with varied levels of participation, various sports, and hold respect for athletic trainers, coaches, and other physicians on the team.
  • Fellows become life-long learners and continue to advance medicine through research, publications, and teaching.

Salary, Benefits, and Policies:

  • Salary: $50,000 annually
  • Benefits include medical, dental, and health insurance options. Options for additional coverages (disability, hospitalization, life) and/or dependent coverage is available. Benefits available can be found here.  *Health, Dental and Vision benefits effective first day of employment.
  • Professional liability insurance is provided at no cost to the fellow.
  • Parental time, sick time, and leaves of absences are permitted as required by ACGME and Federal Law.
  • No set amount of paid time off – the program allows for doctor’s appointments, bereavement, Jury Duty, mental health appointments.
  • Due to the short duration of the fellowship program, there is not a set amount of vacation time allowed.
  • Graduate Medical Education Policies
  • Sample contracts can be found here.  

Application Process

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Application Process

Applications and required documents are submitted through the ERAS system. If you have never registered for ERAS, you will need to visit the ERAS Fellowship Documents Office (EFDO) https://www.erasfellowshipdocuments.org. The following documents are required:

    • Completed application, including most recent residency and medical school
    • At least two letters of reference
    • USMLE and/or COMLEX Step I, II, III scores

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

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)

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