Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship (Hershey, PA)

Program Overview

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA, is a one-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits one fellow per year.

Program Details

Penn State’s Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship offers an intense year in sports medicine to prepare for a clinical or academic career, covering the full spectrum of sports medicine, occupational medicine, cardiac rehabilitation and fitness.

The program is co-sponsored by the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation.

Responsibilities include teaching; research; and care of preadolescent, high school, college, professional and recreational athletes.

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) offered by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Our Team

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
“What I loved about Penn State… was and is the collaborative environment among both the Primary Care Sports Medicine and Sports Orthopedic Physicians. As a fellow this environment allowed me the freedom to challenge myself while learning from an incredible and diverse group of mentors.”
Shawn Phillips, MD, MSPT, 2014-2015

Clinical Experiences

  • Sports Medicine – Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center – Sports Medicine clinic (primary care sports medicine faculty clinic two half-days per week, fellow clinic one half-day per week, orthopaedic sports medicine clinic one half-day per week)
  • Athletic Training Rooms (two sessions per week)
  • Hershey Bears Hockey Club (seasonal)
  • Harrisburg Senators Baseball (seasonal)
  • Penn State Harrisburg (NCAA Division III)
  • Lebanon Valley College (NCAA Division III)
  • Elizabethtown College (NCAA Division III)
  • High school team physician responsibilities at one of our contracted high schools (Annville-Cleona High School, Elizabethtown High School, Hershey High School, Lebanon High School, Mechanicsburg High School, Middletown High School)
  • Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company (seasonal; modern dancers and other performing artists)
  • Pediatric Sports Medicine and Fracture Care (one half-day per week, two months)
  • Penn State Concussion Clinic (one half-day per week, two months)
  • Penn State Physical Therapy Services (two half-days per month)
  • Penn State  Cardiac Rehabilitation (one half-day per month)
  • Musculoskeletal radiology training (two half-days per month)
  • Additional specialty rotations with experienced faculty (one half-day per week for six months split between hand clinic, shoulder/elbow clinic, trauma clinic and foot/ankle clinic)
  • Elective opportunities in areas of special interest

Family and Community Medicine

  • Continuity in Family Medicine Clinic (one half-day per week)
  • Family Medicine resident precepting (one half-day per month)
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
“The large volume of faculty allow for diverse learning opportunities and experience with different work styles. The robust sports medicine program provides many different experiences and makes for a well-rounded fellowship year.”
Jayson Loeffert, DO, 2015-2016

Sports Medicine Experiences

  • Dance medicine at Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company
  • Joint experiences with the Penn State Health primary care sports medicine fellow in State College, PA
  • Musculoskeletal anatomy course
  • Procedural experiences in musculoskeletal ultrasound, running gait analysis, cardiac stress testing, and osteopathic manipulation
  • Wilderness medicine experiences and curricula

Team Physician Experiences

  • Hershey Bears Hockey Club (American Hockey League affiliate of the Washington Capitals)
  • Harrisburg Senators AA Baseball (minor league affiliate of the Washington Nationals)
  • Penn State Harrisburg (NCAA Division III)
  • Lebanon Valley College (NCAA Division III)
  • Elizabethtown College (NCAA Division III)
  • High school team physician responsibilities at one of our contracted high schools (Annville-Cleona High School, Elizabethtown High School, Hershey High School, Lebanon High School, Mechanicsburg High School, Middletown High School)

Medical Coverage of Annual Special Events

  • Mass competition events: Hershey Half Marathon and Marine Corps Marathon
  • District 3 championship events, including cross country, wrestling, and track and field
  • Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state championship events including:  cross country, wrestling, and track and field.
  • First Frontier Rodeo
  • Hershey Youth Soccer Cup
  • Special Olympics

Research

Research in the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship includes the following:

  • Weekly small-group didactic sessions with sports medicine faculty
  • Sports medicine conference series in both primary care sports medicine and orthopaedic sports medicine

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a leader in medical education and research. The fellow will have access to Penn State University’s vast educational and research resources. Fellows will be expected to be involved in a research project during their fellowship year and encouraged to present at a regional or national sports medicine meeting. A scholarly project of some type such as a clinical review, case report, quality improvement project, or original research is encouraged. The fellow will be provided with one half-day per week to pursue scholarly work.

The fellow will be provided with a membership to the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and will be given support to attend both the AMSSM Annual Meeting and the Fellows Research and Leadership Conference during his/her fellowship year.

Assigned teaching opportunities will take place with residents, medical students, community physicians and students of allied health professions.

To Apply

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship participates with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and follows all application, interviewing and match list deadlines specified by the NRMP.

Requirements

  • Completed application (via ERAS)
  • Three original letters of support from physicians who have supervised you in a clinical setting (via ERAS); one letter of support must be from a sports medicine physician

Application Requirements

This fellowship position is open to board-eligible or board-certified candidates in Family and Community Medicine and is fully accredited by the ACGME.

All applicants must have completed or must be in the process of completing an ACGME-accredited family medicine residency and must be certified by the American Board of Family Medicine or scheduled to take the board certification prior to the start of their fellowship. Interested applicants should have a significant commitment to an academic career in primary care sports medicine.

The fellow will be appointed at the appropriate postgraduate level consistent with previous experience and training and will receive a stipend and benefits consistent with the level of appointment.

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Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Mail Code H154
500 University Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033

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