Sports Medicine Rotations

Block Rotation
1 Cardiovascular Sports Medicine
2 Mass Participation
3 Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
4 Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
5 Rehabilitation
6 Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
7 Podiatry/Radiology
8 Radiology/Podiatry
9 Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
10 Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
11 Elective
12 Elective
13 Elective

Available Electives

  • Hand Surgery
  • Foot & Ankle
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fracture Clinic
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Scoliosis
  • Nutrition and Disorder Eating
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Continuity Longitudinal

  • Primary Care: 1/2 day per week
  • WMU Sports Clinic: 1 day per week
  • Primary Care Sports Medicine: 1/2 day per week
  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine: 1/2 day per week
  • Training Room, WMU/K-College/K-Central HS: 1/2 day per week
  • Research/Lecture/Journal Club: 1/2 day per week
  • Ultrasound Training: 1/2 day per week
Sports Medicine

Fellow Education

Working together with a team of primary care physicians and orthopaedic surgeons, our fellows focus on evaluating and treating sports-related injuries four to five half-days per week, including a Saturday morning in the fall only. Our fellows work at the WMed Sports Medicine Clinic, Ascension Borgess Hospital Borgess Bone & Joint Orthopedics and Bronson Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. Our fellows also get the opportunity to teach residents and students on the sports medicine rotation through the review of x-rays, medical cases, and pertinent publications.

Kalamazoo Family Medicine

One half day per week, fellows work in a busy, primary care continuity clinic, which provides a variety of experiences and helps maintain their skills. Throughout the fellowship, there are no obligations for call or rounding on the service. Every third month, our fellows are required to present a lecture to the family practice residents on topics related to current primary care sports medicine. Sports medicine patients are preferentially seen by the fellows.

Athletic Team Physician and On-field Experience

Our fellows function as a team physician for Kalamazoo College. Also during the fall, they work as a team physician for a local high school and travel with athletic trainers to schools to provide on-site care. Fellows also assist with covering mass-participation events in the community.


Our fellows devote at least one half day per week to research and scholarly activities. Fellows are required to prepare and present one case at the American College of Sports Medicine and/or the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Funding is available through the program to cover most, if not all, conference costs. Also, fellows are required to participate in research, education, and other scholarly activities of personal interest.

Electives and Other Activities

During the fellowship there will be many opportunities to work with a variety of subspecialists in the community, including podiatrists, nutritionists, cardiologists/internists, physical therapists, and athletic trainers, as well as some psychiatric training in evaluating eating disorders. Additional learning experiences may include a monthly Sports Medicine Journal Club, caring for the Western Michigan University Dance School, high school pre-participation physicals, and attending WMed Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program conferences and lectures.

Sports Teams

Our fellows serve as team physicians for Western Michigan University, a Division I school, along with Kalamazoo College, a Division III college that fields intercollegiate teams in football, men's and women's soccer, basketball, volleyball, and numerous other sports.  Other opportunities include event coverage for the USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships, professional soccer, professional hockey, area high school athletics, and caring for the WMU Dance School.

Student Rotations

Many third- and fourth-year medical students consider their interest in sports medicine when selecting a residency. WMed’s Family Medicine Residency Program boasts generous opportunities for residents interested in caring for athletes and athletic injuries.

In addition to working with our outstanding Sports Medicine Fellowship faculty, our residents have served as team physicians for several local high schools where they oversaw the care of the athletes and coordinated care with the school's athletic trainer. In collaboration with Bronson Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, we are extensively involved in the spring and fall pre-participation physicals for middle school and high school athletes within a 20-mile radius of Kalamazoo.

Motivated residents can work with Kalamazoo College or Western Michigan University athletes. Kalamazoo also has professional sports, including the Kalamazoo FC soccer team and the Kalamazoo K-Wings hockey team. Our residents work with team physicians for both clubs, overseeing the care of athletes.

Each August, Kalamazoo College hosts the USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships. Along with WMed faculty, our residents provide medical coverage for this weeklong event.

In short, whether you're considering a fellowship after residency or if you want more experience during residency, we have tremendous opportunities. If you think sports medicine should be an exciting part of a well-rounded curriculum, consider a residency with us.

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