Sports Medicine Fellowship

About the Program

The Sports Medicine and Performance Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), in collaboration with Jefferson 3B Orthopaedics, is offering an intense one-year clinical fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine.

The history, expertise and compassion that make Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia unique are also what makes it the best place for medical trainees.

The fellowship provides comprehensive clinical and academic training in primary care sports medicine. Fellowship graduates will be fully prepared and eligible to successfully complete the examination for the Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine (CAQ).

Program snapshot

Curriculum

Fellows will gain experience with core faculty in multiple primary care sports medicine disciplines, including pediatrics, family medicine and internal medicine. Core orthopaedic faculty include both adult and pediatric sports medicine surgeons. Core adult orthopaedic experience is through Jefferson 3B orthopaedics with Arthur Bartolozzi, MD. The first half of the year is focused on core sports medicine learning and experience. The second half of the year may incorporate more surgical subspecialty electives and personal electives based on the fellows’ interests and future needs.

  • Longitudinal experience in pediatric sports medicine weekly with Dr. Matthew Grady, with a high volume of concussion and general pediatric sports medicine
  • Longitudinal experience in family medicine sports medicine with Dr. Arjun Ramprasad with a high volume of ultrasound guided injections and other procedures
  • Longitudinal experience in orthopaedic sports medicine with Dr. Bartolozzi including procedures and operating room observation
  • Training with MSK ultrasound and ultrasound-guided procedures throughout the year
  • Half-day per week in primary specialty office per ACGME guidelines
  • Monthly didactic lectures with core faculty and weekly didactic lectures with Dr. Grady
  • Radiology interpretation on a daily basis with core faculty with elective time with musculoskeletal radiologists within the CHOP/Penn system
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation experience in the clinic setting, learning both operative and non-operative rehabilitation strategies
  • Experience with orthopaedic subspecialty surgeons: foot and ankle, hand and shoulder, spine as part of core rotations
  • Elective rotations available: all pediatric orthopaedic subspecialties including spine, hand/elbow, foot/ankle, as well as other experiences in exercise physiology, pulmonary, cardiology

Coverage experience

  • Primary physician for a local high school with football game coverage and weekly athletic training room session.
  • Intercollegiate coverage through West Chester University (Division II), Holy Family University (Division III), and University of Pennsylvania (Division I) with weekly training room coverage. Multiple sports covered: football, sprint football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse.
  • Professional experience with the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) and Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) with team physicians Arsh Dhanota, MD, and Gary Dorshimer, MD, as professional sports rules allow. Coverage includes training camp, physical exams and post-game coverage.
  • Assistant medical director for Penn Relays, the largest track and field event in the United States.
  • Other mass-coverage includes Philadelphia Escape Triathlon, Philadelphia Marathon, Rock and Roll Marathon, and a regional collegiate wrestling tournament at the University of Pennsylvania.

Academic experience

Fellows are required to:

  • Participate in and present at regular sports medicine journal clubs
  • Present a case or original research at a regional or national sports medicine meeting (American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) or American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM))

Fellows are expected to:

  • Participate in educational presentations to the local community as well as residents and fellows in other specialties
  • Write an academic article (case report, book chapter, or journal review article)
  • Attend the fellows lecture series and relevant CHOP orthopaedics resident lecture series

Fellowship core faculty

Current fellows

Thomas Swaffield, MD
Residency: Penn State College of Medicine (Pediatrics)

Misha Briere, MD
Residency: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Internal Medicine)

Benefits/Salary

Fellows are PGY-4/PL-4 CHOP residents/fellows and will receive standard PGY-4 salary and benefits.

Former fellows

Past fellows and where they are now:

2021-2022

Karen Ballinger

Karen Ballinger

Pediatrics

University of Calgary Sports Medicine Centre, Calgary Canada

Jasmine Toor

Jasmine Toor

Internal Medicine

Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore MD

2020-2021

Edward Re

Edward Re

Pediatrics

Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Medicine
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA

Kristin Hullings

Kristin Hullings

Internal Medicine

Attending Physician
Patient First Urgent Care, Devon PA

2019-2020

Arvind Balaji

Arvind Balaji

Pediatrics

Clinical Assistant Professor
Primary Care Sports Medicine
Stanford Children’s Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center

Erica Gaertner

Erica Gaertner

Internal Medicine

Lifebridge Health Sports Medicine Institute, Owings Mills, MD
Medical Director National Steeplechase Association
Team Physician Loyola University

2018-2019

Stessie D. Zimmerman

Stessie D. Zimmerman

Pediatrics

Intermountain Healthcare, Memorial Sports and Performance Clinic, Salt Lake City, Utah
Team Physician Utah Warriors Rugby (MLR)

Micah Lamb

Micah Lamb

Pediatrics

Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Norfolk VA

2017-2018

Oluwarotimi Adesina

Oluwarotimi Adesina

Pediatrics

Ascension Providence Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Waco TX
Associate Fellowship Director – Waco Family Medicine Sports Medicine Fellowship

Mark LaSorda

Mark LaSorda

Internal Medicine

Founding Physician: Reinvented Health, Exton, PA

2016-2017

Gregory Summerville

Gregory Summerville

Internal Medicine

RMSK US Certification
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Sara Slattery

Sara Slattery

Internal Medicine

Board Certified - Integrative Medicine

2015-2016

Jonathan Santana

Jonathan Santana

Pediatrics

Texas Children’s Hospital, The Woodlands, TX

Daniel Morrissy

Daniel Morrissy

Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine/Sports Medicine
Department of Veteran Affairs, Philadelphia, PA

2014-2015

Christopher Renjilian

Christopher Renjilian

Pediatrics

Dual Appointment in Adolescent Medicine and Sports Medicine
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Natasha Desai

Natasha Desai

Emergency Medicine

Columbia University, New York, NY
Associate Chief, Primary Care Sports Medicine
Team physician, Columbia University

2013-2014

Brian Vernau

Brian Vernau

Pediatrics

Sports Medicine and Musculoskeletal Orthopedics
Integrative Oncology Program
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Arsh S. Dhanota

Arsh S. Dhanota

Family Medicine

Chief, Division of Primary Care Sports Medicine
Associate Program Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship
Head Team physician and Chief Medical Officer, Philadelphia Eagles
Team physician, University of Pennsylvania Men’s Basketball and Soccer
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2012-2013

Christian Turner

Christian Turner

Pediatrics

Novant Health, Charlotte, NC

Omar Elkhamra

Omar Elkhamra

Internal Medicine

OrthoVirginia, Lynchburg, VA
Team physician, Randolph College

2011-2012

Jeremy Ng

Jeremy Ng

Emergency Medicine

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Assistant Clinical Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Associate Lead Primary Care Team physician, LA Dodgers
Team physician, US Soccer Federation
Medical Advisory Board, Korey Stringer Institute

Jason Waterman

Jason Waterman

Internal Medicine

Primary Care Sports Medicine
Kaiser Permanente, Harbor City, CA

2010-2011

Christina Master

Christina Master

Pediatrics

Pediatric and Adolescent Primary Care Sports Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania
Co-Director, Minds Matter Concussion Program
Board Certified – Brain Injury Medicine
AMSSM Fellow
ACSM Fellow

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How to apply

  • Application is via ERAS under Pediatric Sports Medicine.
  • Application information is available at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.
  • This program participates in the Match.

Other requirements

To carry out its mission, it is of critical importance for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to keep our patients, families and workforce safe and healthy and to support the health of our global community. In keeping with this, CHOP has mandated all workforce members (including trainees) on site at any CHOP location for any portion of their time be vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

This mandate also applies to workforce members or trainees performing work for CHOP at non-CHOP locations. Additionally, all workforce members based in or regularly scheduled to work at any New Jersey location are mandated to be both vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19, with booster timing consistent with applicable guidelines. The CHOP COVID-19 vaccine mandate is in alignment with applicable local, state and federal mandates. CHOP also requires all workforce members and trainees who work in patient care buildings or who provide patient care to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemption consideration for CHOP vaccine requirements for valid religious and medical reasons. Please note start dates may be delayed until candidates are fully immunized or valid exemption requests are reviewed. In addition, candidates other than those in positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, must attest to not using tobacco products.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected category. CHOP is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor seeking priority referrals for protected veterans.

CHOP is committed to building an inclusive culture where employees feel a sense of belonging, connection, and community within their workplace. We are a team dedicated to fostering an environment that allows for all to be their authentic selves. We are focused on attracting, cultivating, and retaining diverse talent who can help us deliver on our mission to be a world leader in the advancement of healthcare for children.

We strongly encourage all candidates of diverse backgrounds and lived experiences to apply.

More information

For more information about the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, please contact Matthew Grady, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, Fellowship Director, at gradym@email.chop.edu.

For questions about the application process, please contact Donna Dougherty at doughertyd@email.chop.edu.


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