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

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation TeamACGME Accredited: Yes
Length: 1 year, August 1 - July 31
Positions: 1-2
Interviews: Will be held between October through November
Offer Date:
All PM&R Sports Medicine fellowships will be participating in the primary care sports 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
Dale Colorado, DOChi-Tsai Tang, MD
Physiatry Faculty: Abby Cheng, MDDale Colorado, DO; Gregory Decker, MDJeremy Hartman, MDDevyani 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 offers a 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
  • Dale Colorado, DO, Sports Coverage 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 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/neurosurgery 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: Dale Colorado, DO Fellowship Program Director; Christi Martine, Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine
Campus Box 8233
660 South Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, MO  63110

Where are our past fellows now?
2003-2004 Lan Fotopoulos, MD – Dickson Diveley Orthopedics, Kansas City, MO
2004-2005 Devyani Hunt, MD – Washington University Orthopedics, St. Louis, MO
2005-2006 John Lesher, MD – Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates, Charlotte, NC
2006-2007 John Watson, MD, MPH – Orthopedic Center of Illinois, Springfield, IL 
2007-2008 Evan Knaus, DO – New Mexico Orthopaedic Associates, P.C., Albuquerque, NM
2008-2009 Adam Zierenberg, MD – Providence Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Walla Walla, WA
2009-2010 Monica Rho, MD – Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, Chicago, IL
  Chi-Tsai Tang, MD – Washington University Orthopedics, St. Louis, MO
2010-2011 Alex Sheng, MD – Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, Chicago, IL
2011-2012 Blair Meyer, MD – UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  Vaibhav Maheshwari, DO – Kaiser Permanente, Portland, OR
2012-2013 Eric Shoemaker, DO – Ascent Medical Consultants, LLC, Thornton, CO
2013-2014 Dale Colorado, DO – Washington University Orthopedics, St. Louis, MO
2014-2015 Scott Simpson, MD – Washington University Orthopedics, St. Louis, MO
2015-2016 Maureen Gross, MD - University Medical Center in New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
  Dellene Troy, DO –Holy Cross Orthopedic Institute, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2016-2017 Craig Ziegler, MD – Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center, Roseville, CA
2017-2018 Abby Cheng, MD – Washington University Orthopedics, St. Louis, MO
  Jeremy Stanek, MD – Stanford University, Emeryville, CA
  Jeremy Hartman, MD – Washington University Orthopedics, St. Louis, MO
2018-2019 Shawn Patel, MD – DePage Medical Group, Downers Grove, IL Jonathan Carrier, DO – Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI

Inquiries about the fellowship should be directed to Christi Martine at c.martine@wustl.edu or 314-514-3901.

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