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Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship (State College, Pa.)

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship (State College, Pa.)

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The Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship in State College, PA, is a one-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits one fellow per year.

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Program Details

Penn State Sports Medicine, part of Penn State Health, has been providing orthopaedics, sports medicine, physiatry and physical therapy services to the State College community and Penn State varsity athletes since 1992. The Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship (State College, Pa.), accredited by the ACGME, began in 2008. Medical services are provided in a convenient and modern facility adjacent to Penn State’s main University Park campus.

Fellows have the opportunity to participate directly in the surgical and non-surgical care of a variety of teams and groups of patients:

  • 31 Division 1A Penn State sports teams
  • Men’s and women’s rugby teams
  • State College Spikes Minor League Baseball team
  • Professional and recreational athletes
  • Secondary Education Programs

Fellows play a role in on-site coverage for athletic teams based on scheduling demands, experience, and interest.

Other opportunities for fellows include:

  • Research project development
  • USTAF 50-mile championships and Special Olympics of Pennsylvania event coverage
  • Diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound experience

Fellows further their teaching skills by lecturing and precepting medical students and family medicine residents.

The orthopaedic sports medicine fellow will gain operating room and clinical experience in arthroscopic and open procedures:

  • Elbow
    • Arthroscopy
    • Biceps tendon repair
    • Lateral ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction
    • Tendinosis surgery
    • Triceps tendon repair
    • Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction
  • Foot and ankle
    • Achilles tendon repair
    • Arthroscopy
    • Fasciotomy
    • Medial and lateral ligament repair
  • Hip
    • Femoral acetabular impingement surgery (FAI)
    • Labral repair
    • Labral debridement
    • Loose body removal
    • Proximal hamstring and adductor repair
  • Knee
    • ACL reconstruction
    • LCL reconstruction and repair
    • MCL reconstruction and repair
    • PCL reconstruction
    • Articular cartilage surgery
    • Meniscal surgery
    • Multiple ligament surgery
    • Patellofemoral surgery
  • Shoulder
    • AC joint reconstruction
    • Anterior, posterior, superior labral repair
    • Articular cartilage surgery
    • Biceps tendon surgery
    • Rotator cuff repair
    • Shoulder instability reconstruction

Although education is the primary goal of the fellowship program, excellence and compassion in the care of patients are equally important objectives. Scientific knowledge, combined with the ability to listen to patients and colleagues and communicate with them effectively, enables fellows to maximize their experience. The program offers support and guidance as fellows work to reach their highest potential and render excellence in patient care.

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The Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program uses the San Francisco Matching Services system for applicant selection.

Applications are reviewed beginning in October. Interviews are by invitation only and are typically scheduled in January.

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About Penn State Health Expand answer

Penn State Health

Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across 29 counties of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to improve health through patient care, research, education and community outreach.

In December 2017, the system partnered with Highmark Health to facilitate creation of a value-based, community care network in the region. The shared goal of Highmark and Penn State Health is to ensure patients in the community are within:

  • 10 minutes of a Penn State Health primary care provider
  • 20 minutes of Penn State Health specialty care
  • 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care facility

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About State College: Benefits, Stipends and More Expand answer

Life in State College, Pa. (“Happy Valley”)

State College, Pa., offers world-class residencies and fellowships in a university town setting.

Trainees can enhance both their careers and their quality of life in State College, home of Penn State University, the University Park Curriculum of Penn State College of Medicine, and Mount Nittany Health. The Centre County region is a unique area where cosmopolitan cultural influences blend with an affordable cost of living and relaxed country pace — all against a backdrop of lush, rural landscapes. It’s a place where both careers and families thrive.

Maybe that is what attracts a diverse spectrum of people from around the world: medical experts and college professors, artists and grade-school teachers, business executives and students.

No matter whether they are seeking collaboration with accomplished colleagues, inspiration from world-class entertainment, the charm and security of historic neighborhoods or the thrill of Big Ten sports events, residents find all that and more in State College.

Each trainee is at the center of an internationally recognized university town, working in a collegial atmosphere where patient care, careers and quality of life are all advancing. The region offers something for everyone, from the energetic, youthful vibe of downtown State College to the historic architecture and relaxed pace of nearby Bellefonte.

The moderate cost of living and affordable home prices create several housing choices, from a new home in a new neighborhood to a historic Victorian home or an easy-care condominium. Excellent public schools and a low crime rate make the area great for raising a family.

Centre County Statistics

  • Population: 160,580
  • Median household income: $50,295
  • Median home value: $193,500
  • Median rent: $872
  • Average commute to work: 20 minutes

Source: United States Census Bureau (2010–2015)

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Program Benefits

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Wellness, including emotional, spiritual, social and physical health, is a crucial component to training and to becoming a professional, compassionate and resilient physician. Self-care is a skill which must be continually practiced and reinforced. Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health are committed to addressing wellness among residents and fellows, with multiple resources readily available.

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Mailing Address

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship
Penn State Sports Medicine
1850 E. Park Ave., Suite 112
State College, PA 16803

Fellow Honors and Recognitions

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Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center accept ongoing nominations for the Exceptional Moments in Teaching award.

The award, given monthly by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment, accepts nominations from College of Medicine students who are invited to submit narratives about faculty members, residents, fellows, nurses or any other educators who challenge them and provide an exceptional learning experience. See more about the award here.

Previous nominees from the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship (State College, Pa.) are listed here. Click the + next to a nominee name to read their nominator’s comments.

Resident/Fellow Research Day Presentations Expand answer

The annual Resident/Fellow Research Day is held each year (with exception of during the COVID-19 pandemic) on and around the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus.

The intent of the event is to provide an opportunity for residents and fellows to showcase their research accomplishments to their peers in other clinical departments, as well as their colleagues in the basic sciences.

Learn more about Resident/Fellow Research Day here.

Previous presentations from the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship (State College, Pa.) are listed here.

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