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Orthopaedic Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery Fellowship

The Division of Sports Medicine offers two one-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship positions for post-residency training in the subspecialty of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery. Our program's mission is to provide fellows with the knowledge, skills, and tools to become Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery leaders.

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How to Apply

Application Process

The Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery fellowship program selects candidates from eligible applicants based on educational history and performance, board and licensing exam scores, interpersonal skills, personal attributes, letters of reference, and interviews.

Applicant Requirements

  • Completion of an accredited residency in Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Board Eligible or Board Certified

Submission of a fellowship application to the University of Michigan Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery fellowship, available at SF Match, and include three letters of recommendation and a current curriculum vitae

Contact Us
Nicole Smail
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Phone: 734-615-2002
Fellowship Important Dates
1 year (August 1 to July 31)
Application deadline (for 2025 positions)
Interview date for 2025 positions (held in person)
Fellowship Curriculum

The fellowship is ACGME accredited and offered through the U-M Medical School. The fellowship begins August 1st and concludes July 31st.

During the first six months of the fellowship program, the Fellows are assigned rotations with designated faculty. The final six months of the fellowship offer the Fellows more autonomy and flexibility in selecting surgical cases and clinical exposure to meet the individual needs of their professional development.

The fellowship provides a broad range of experiences in all aspects of the athlete's care. During the academic year, Fellows provide coverage for sports teams in the area and beyond.

No primary or backup call is requested of the Fellows.

Our fellowship curriculum includes the following events:

  • Case Conferences
  • Journal Club
  • Morbidity & Mortality Conferences
  • Rotating Lecture Schedule
  • Research Update Meetings

Our Fellows enjoy one day of protected research time every week. Faculty and research support staff work closely with our Fellows throughout the year in active mentorship to complete publishable manuscripts. Our state-of-the-art clinic includes space for clinical and human performance research. Our department has a full-service basic science laboratory available to our Fellows. Our Fellows will have exposure to both clinical and basic science research.

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Publications

View a list of peer-reviewed publications from our fellows throughout the years.

View the publications

The Sports Fellowship Program was an experience I wouldn't trade for anything! I am forever grateful for matching at the U-M Medical School Orthopaedic Surgery Department, as it was the perfect fit for me. Not only did the fellowship offer a wide variety of surgical cases, but the mentorship that was provided was second-to-none, and I still, to this day, don't hesitate to reach out to any of the staff that once trained me.

James Ross, MD - 2013 Graduate
Clinical Training

Our Fellows will rotate with each sports medicine faculty during the academic year. The Division of Sports Medicine sees approximately 40,000 outpatient clinic visits annually and performs over 2,500 surgical cases.

A unique feature of our program is an entire volume of hip arthroscopy and shoulder replacement surgeries. In addition, Fellows will have high exposure to general sports medicine problems of the knee, shoulder, hip, and elbow. Teaching our Fellows is a core component of the daily responsibilities of the faculty. Fellows are trained in a supportive learning environment where care collaboration is encouraged.

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Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery Fellowship Positions
Surgical Cases
Outpatient Sports Medicine Clinic Visits
Athletic Team Coverage

Our Fellows will develop comprehensive team physician skills by providing care for athletes at two Division One programs: the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan. Our faculty also provide care for the USA Rugby Team, USA Hockey National Team Development Program, and USA Rowing Team. Our Fellows will have a rich on-field and training room experience with the football programs under our care. This will include training room sessions, home game coverage, and travel to away games and post-season competitions (Bowl Games). Our Fellows also complete a travel rotation in ski medicine at Sugarbush Mountain in Vermont.

Salary & Benefits

The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and generous benefits to our fellows and advanced trainees. Trainee salary will be commensurate with that of a House Officer at an equivalent level of training based on the HOA contract.

Learn More About Trainee Salary & Benefits
Recent Grads
  • Sameer Oak, MD
    Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group
    Northern Virginia
  • Kimberly Hall, MD
    OHSU - Hillsboro
    Hillsboro, OR
  • Justin Schupbach, MD
    Insight Orthopaedics
    Flint, MI
  • Mithun Neral, MD
    Western Washington Medical Group
    Everett, WA
  • Christopher Bush, MD
    University of Michigan
    Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine Faculty
  • Karan Patel, MD
    Mayo Clinic
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Austin Ramme, MD, PhD
    Steindler Orthopaedic Clinic
    Iowa City, IA
  • Micah Naimark, MDelissa Brackmann, MD
    Desert Orthopaedics
    Bend, Oregon
  • Thai Trinh
    Genesis Healthcare Orthopaedic Center
    Zanesville, Ohio
  • M. Tyrell Burrus, MD
    Orthopaedic Associates of Central Texas
    Round Rock, Texas
  • Moin Khan, MD
    McMaster University
    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    St. Joseph’s Healthcare
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  • Program Leadership
    John Grant John A Grant, MD, PhD, FRCSC
    Clinical Associate Professor
    William R. Aibinder William R Aibinder, MD, FAAOS
    Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Program Faculty
    Eileen Crawford Eileen A Crawford, MD, FAAOS, FAOA
    Henry W and Helen L Gehring Early Career Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Associate Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
    DEI Associate Residency Director
    James Carpenter James E Carpenter
    Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Bruce Miller Bruce S Miller, MD, MS
    Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Medical Director, Orthopaedic Surgery
    Program Associate and Sports Fellowship Director
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    Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery