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Sports Medicine Fellowship Summary

Mission Statement

The purpose of a primary care fellowship is to train primary care specialists in the unique aspects of sports medicine. The doctor will maintain competence in their primary specialty and will have expertise in medicine as it applies to the exercising individual. He/she will be knowledgeable about the unique needs of athletes and will treat the patient as a whole. Our physicians develop an understanding that the term "athlete" refers to any individual who is engaged in sport, exercise or a physical activity at the recreational, industrial, competitive, professional or elite level.

Program / Curriculum

  • The SIU at Carbondale Sports Medicine Fellowship is a twelve-month sports medicine fellowship sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Department of Family and Community Medicine.
  • The Sports Medicine Fellowship will train the fellow to provide care to physically active people of all ages. The fellowship education is provided by the family medicine staff with expertise in sports medicine, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons, sports physical therapists, as well as staff from the university of Southern Illinois with expertise in nutrition strength training, and sports psychology.
  • Experiences are included that focus on the evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of activity-related injuries as well as non-musculoskeletal conditions which decrease the effectiveness of the exercising individual.
  • The fellowship program will emphasize all aspects of primary care sports medicine including illness and injury related to sport participation, exercise, physiology, nutrition, pharmacology; sports psychology, and ethical/medical-legal aspects of exercise and sports.
  • The curriculum includes approximately 90% sports medicine (musculoskeletal and general medical care) and 10% Family Medicine primary care.
  • The Fellow will gain experience at the high school, community college, and university level with a multitude of sideline experiences in many different sports and recreational events.
  • Graduates will be able to function as a team physician, cover mass events, counsel his or her patients about regular physical activity, and manage medical and orthopedic conditions arising from such activity.

Sports Medicine Experience

The Southern Illinois Sports Medicine Fellowship assists in the comprehensive medical care of the Division I NCAA student athletes at SIU-Carbondale. These 450+ athletes participate in 16 sports in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). The Fellowship also provides care to the athletes at John A. Logan College, a junior college located in nearby Carterville, Illinois. We also care for various high schools in the area and a semi-pro baseball team, the Southern Illinois Miners, who are part of the Frontier League.

Program Goals

  • To train primary care physicians in multidisciplinary sports medicine environment, with instructors who are up to date on recent advances in the field
  • Manage the health of athletes of all ages and levels of participation
  • Build knowledge while education residents, medical and athletic traning students
  • Advance the field of sports medicine with scholarly activities
  • Maintain skills of primary care physician


The sports Medicine Fellowship is one year in length. It begins July 1 and terminates June 30, after 12 months of training.

Research Requirement

Each Sports Medicine Fellow is required to participate in a research project during the year and/or present a clinical case at a national conference.


To be eligible the applicant must be board certified or be a board-eligible graduate of an ACGME-accredited residency program in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or Emergency Medicine.