Sports Medicine Education & Research


The fellow spends two days per week at Lurie Children’s sports medicine clinics, one half-day per week in continuity clinic and has one half-day of academic/administrative time. During the academic year, the fellow spends one day each week caring for athletes at Northwestern University, in addition to sideline coverage some evenings and weekends. Northwestern is a member of the Big 10 and offers 19 division 1 sports. The fellow also rotates with many other clinical services including musculoskeletal radiology, orthopaedic surgery, adult sports medicine clinics, physical medicine and rehabilitation and physical therapy. Elective time is built into the schedule as well.

Fellowship trainees and faculty meet at Lurie Children’s for one half-day each month for journal club and didactic sessions. Additionally, sideline workshops and didactics are offered at Northwestern University, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The AbilityLab hosts a series of musculoskeletal ultrasound workshops that culminate in a weekend-long seminar.

Clinical Experiences Include:

  • Primary care sports medicine
  • Surgical sports medicine
  • College athletics
  • Research
  • Musculoskeletal radiology
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation sports medicine
  • Fracture clinic with casting and splinting
  • Physical and occupational therapy, orthotics
  • Neuropsychology
  • Nutrition
  • Rheumatology
  • Bone health
  • Additional electives are available


All fellows carry out an original research project. A research rotation early in the fellowship provides the fellow with dedicated time to develop a research protocol. Faculty and certified research professionals provide mentorship and research support. Fellows present their results at Northwestern’s Research Scholars Day and are encouraged to submit research for presentation at national conferences.