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Penn State Health’s primary care sports medicine physicians are regional experts in the management of non-operative sports-related injuries and medical conditions. Along with providing routine medical care to athletes, they offer particular expertise in chronic endurance-related injuries and safely returning participants to sports following concussions.
Fellows will have the opportunity to participate directly in the care of all 31 Division 1A Penn State sports teams, men’s and women’s rugby teams, professional athletes and recreational athletes of all ages in the State College community. Fellows play a role in on-site field coverage for athletic teams as scheduling demands, experience and interest dictate.
Penn State Sports Medicine also provides medical care for the State College Spikes, an MLB Draft League team, located adjacent to the Penn State campus.
Fellows have the opportunity to develop research and quality improvement projects, participate in the planning and medical coverage of the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania Summer Games and provide medical support during the Marine Corps Marathon. Fellows work closely in conjunction with Penn State Health’s Department of Family and Community Medicine to maintain and build upon knowledge and skill base through a weekly continuity clinic. Fellows further their teaching skills by lecturing and precepting medical students and family medicine residents. In addition, fellows will gain experience with diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound and are able to focus on areas of special interest through elective rotations.
Although education is the primary goal of the fellowship program, excellence and compassion in the care of each individual patient 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. Program faculty and staff offer support and guidance as fellows work to develop their highest potential and render the best of care to patients.
Learn More about the Fellowship
Applications are accepted between July and September of each year through the ERAS online system. To qualify, applicants must have successfully completed a residency in Family Medicine from an approved ACGME-accredited program prior to start of fellowship.
Applications must include:
- Three letters of recommendation (one letter should be from the residency program director)
- Signed AMSSM Code of Ethics Statement
- A complete list of all sports medicine-related rotations completed
- Medical school diploma
- USMLE or COMLEX scores
- ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
- Medical school dean’s letter
- Medical school transcript
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
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)
Learn more about the community
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.
- Visit BeWell – a health program designed to support Penn State Health employees
- See Penn State College of Medicine wellness resources here
- Employee Health Care Concierge and Case Management Service
- Partners in Medicine
Moving to a new city with your family does not have to be stressful. Our residency program has assisted many significant others with finding employment. There is also a GME-Wide Partners in Medicine (PIM) group that offers networking opportunities as well as various social and community oriented activities.
- The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine
Graduate medical education resources
Fellow Honors and Recognitions
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.
Previous presentations from the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship (State College, Pa.) are listed here.