Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sports Medicine Fellowship (Non-operative)

Fellowship Training

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Length: 1 year, August 1 - July 31
Positions: 1-2
Interviews: Will be held between September through December
Offer Date:
All PM&R Sports Medicine fellowships will be participating in the family medicine match. We will submit our rank list by the due date in mid-December and match results will be available early January.
Fellowship Program Directors
:Chi-Tsai Tang, MD; Heidi Prather, DO
Physiatry Faculty: Dale Colorado, DO; Devyani Hunt, MD; Adam LaBore, MD; John Metzler, MD; Nathan Olafsen, MD; Heidi Prather, DO; Scott Simpson, MD, Chi-Tsai Tang, MD
Adjunct Faculty: Kelly Estes, MD; Mark Halstead, MD; Matthew Smith, MD

Clinical Experience
The PM&R sports medicine fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine broad comprehensive training in sports and musculoskeletal medicine. It provides excellent learning opportunities in a tertiary care university setting and has access to the resources of a world renowned orthopedic surgery department. The fellow will have the opportunity to learn from national leaders in PM&R and Orthopedic Surgery, and work with various different board certified sports medicine physicians. Clinical experiences include:

  • Exposure to a variety of musculoskeletal disorders involving both the spine and peripheral joints
  • Time spent in the orthopedic injury clinic where acute fractures and other injuries will be seen
  • An independent fellow’s clinic with attending physician support as needed
  • Learning diagnostic ultrasound (including shoulder exam and nerve ultrasound) and ultrasound guided injections
  • Learning fluoroscopic guided lumbar spine and peripheral joint injections
  • Performing nerve conduction studies/electromyography
  • Multiple opportunities for sports events coverage
  • Rotation with Emergency Medicine to learn management of acute medical and surgical issues
  • Exposure to newer and alternative treatments, such as platelet rich plasma and acupuncture

Educational Program
The educational curriculum includes:

  • Weekly journal club didactics with PM&R and other primary care sports medicine faculty
  • Weekly sports medicine conferences with the orthopedic surgery sports medicine service
  • Monthly conferences with the orthopedic spine surgeons
  • Quarterly journal club with physical therapists
  • Annual ultrasound didactic course given by Washington University faculty/alumni
  • The opportunity to attend one or more conferences or courses depending on the fellow’s interests (In the past, fellows have attended events such as the annual AAPM&R conference, Washington University physical therapy course, NASS lumbar injection course, AMSSM advanced team physician course, etc.)
  • Opportunities to teach and interact with Washington University PM&R residents and medical students

Research Opportunities
Collaborative research opportunities are abundant and participation is encouraged. For example, Washington University Orthopedics has a multidisciplinary research group focusing on adolescent and young adult hip disorders.There is also ongoing research with the Hand and Microsurgery division using ultrasound to evaluate nerves.

Salary and Benefits
Fellows are paid as a PGY5 resident. Benefits are similar to those of other faculty at Washington University School of Medicine.

Application Information
Application deadline is October 1.  Early application is encouraged.  Please submit your CV, personal statement and three letters of recommendation. Also, please fill out the universal application on the AMSSM website, and send any copies of manuscripts to:

ATTN: Chi Tang, MD, Fellowship Program Director; Melissa Armbrecht, Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine
Campus Box 8233
660 South Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, MO  63110

Inquiries about the fellowship should be directed to Melissa Armbrecht at or 314-747-2828.

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