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Sports Medicine Fellowship


The Faculty and Fellows within the Division of Sports Medicine of the Department of Orthopaedics are primarily responsible for the care of athletes of both sexes and of all ages who are engaged in numerous types of athletic endeavors, in various degrees of competition. Clinical Care is provided, in conjunction with the Department of Family Medicine, at the OSU Sports Medicine Clinic. Together with Faculty and Fellows within the Sports Medicine Program of the Department of Family Medicine, the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Faculty and Fellows are responsible for the care of more than 800 Division I NCAA athletes in 35 varsity teams at the Ohio State University. This includes practice session coverage, event coverage, training room supervision, hospital care, and surgery. The Sports Medicine Fellows also participate in the care of recreational athletes as well athletes at several area high schools.

The Division of Sports Medicine typically staffs more than 8000 outpatient cases each year. The majority of these cases involve football or basketball related injuries. In order to treat these cases, the fellow is exposed to the latest diagnostic and therapeutic techniques of knee surgery, rehabilitation programs, and training procedures.


Most of the Fellowship is a one-on-one learning experience. This is accomplished by assigning the Fellow to one of the Sports Medicine Attending Staff. While with this attending, the Fellow's schedule mirrors the attending staff's schedule which is 2 days a week in the clinic, 2 days a week in the operating room, 2 sessions each week in the training room, and one day free to pursue research and prepare for conferences. This allows a very close exposure to the attendings' thought processes regarding: clinical evaluation and test ordering decision making in the clinic, preoperative counselling and preparation, intra-operative decision making and post-operative decision making involving wound care, precautions, physical therapy, and activity progression. This exposure to the continuity of care for the athletic patient care is important in the fellowship program.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Sports Medicine Fellow is responsible for the in-patients of the attending staff member to which he or she is assigned. The fellow is not responsible for any orthopaedic trauma patients who may be assigned to the inpatient service. The fellow is not responsible for any formal Emergency Room call other than the care of OSU athletes who may be injured and transferred to the Emergency Room. The Sports Medicine Fellow is responsible for attending the Sports Medicine Clinics of the Faculty to whom he is assigned as well as his three hour weekly Sports Medicine Clinic at the OSU Student Health Center. While in the Sports Medicine Center, the Fellow is directly supervised by the Attending Staff with discussion of differential diagnosis, ordering and interpretation of diagnostic tests, as well as the development of treatment plans. While at the Student Health Center, the Fellow has more autonomy with Sports Medicine staff support and back-up. In the OSU training rooms, the Sports Medicine Fellow has some autonomy with patient care but primarily has a staff member present to review cases and decision making. At the high school, the Fellow serves as the primary source of orthopaedic care both on the sidelines and in the training room. His back-up support is by the OSU Sports Medicine Staff.

In the operating room, the Fellow has signficant hands-on experience progressing from first assistant to primary surgeon with direct supervision. The Sports Medicine Fellow sometimes supervises Resident Clinic cases with the residents. This has been a positive educational experience for both the fellows and the residents. The Fellow is involved in pre-season physicals for many of the teams at Ohio State as well as in-season event coverage and training room exposure. He/she is also expected to perform exit physicals with decision making regarding off season rehabilitation and conditioning. At Ohio State University, the Fellow is a member of the Sports Medicine team providing care to the athletes in conjunction with the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine staff, the Primary Care Sports Medicine Staff and the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellows. The fellow goes to an OSU training room twice each week (three times a week during football season). In the training room, the fellow either observes, assists, or is autonomous in the evaluation and treatment of athletes. Support and supervision are never far. OSU trainers are present at every training room session.

The fellows also have sporting event and game coverage responsibilities. In addition to clinical teaching, the Fellows have a didactic teaching schedule. Sports Medicine Journal Club takes place once a month. Classic and current articles are reviewed during this conference. The fellows are responsible for reading and being prepared to present the articles during the Journal Clubs. Journal club is attended by faculty members who also critique the articles.

The fellows are also required to attend any orthopaedic Grand Rounds that are appropriate to Sports Medicine. The fellows have also participated in a voluntary fashion with covering resident indigent or prison cases. The fellows have found this to be quite a positive educational experience and continue to volunteer.

Research Requirement

Each Sports Fellow is required to complete a research project during the year and formally present it during the annual Mallory-Coleman Research Day in April.


The Goals of The Ohio State University Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship are as follows:

  • Refine the Fellow's ability to critically evaluate an athletic injury through history, physical exam, differential diagnosis, and appropriate ordering and interpretation of X-rays, MRI, Bone Scan, etc.
  • Refine the Fellow's ability to develop treatment options with understanding of surgical risks and benefits, physical therapy modalities and exercises.
  • Appropriately apply these abilities in several environments including the office setting, the training room, and at event coverage.
  • Enhance their surgical skills and interoperative decision making via supervised hands-on surgical experience.
  • Educate the Fellow in post-operative patient evaluation and rehabilitation programs.
  • Expose the Fellow to the multidisciplinary aspect of caring for athletes with interaction and exposure to athletic trainers, Physical Therapists, Primary Care Sports Medicine specialists, Psychologists, etc.
  • Have the Fellow become familiar with the Sports Medicine literate and develop the ability to critically review it.
  • Experience the process of producing a publishable quality research project.


The Ohio State University Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.


The fellowship is one year in length. The program begins on August 1 and terminates on July 31.

Application Procedure

The Ohio State University Orthopaedic Sports Medicine fellowship program participates in SF Match Residency and Fellowship Matching Services. Applications are accepted beginning in June. Interviews are held based on a rotating schedule assigned by the match each year. Two fellows will be accepted through the match.

Please send inquiries regarding our application process to:

Amber Thompson
Coordinator, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship
OSU Sports Medicine Center
2050 Kenny Rd, Suite 3100
Columbus, OH 43221
Phone: 614-293-8813
FAX: 614-293-4399
Email: Amber.Thompson2@osumc.edu

Sports Medicine Fellowship Faculty

Christopher Kaeding, M.D.
Professor, Department of Orthopaedics
Director, Sports Medicine Center
Director, Division of Sports Medicine in Orthopaedics
Director, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship
Head Team Physician, The OSU Athletic Department

Julie Bishop, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics
Team Physician, The OSU Sports Medicine Center

David Flanigan, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics
Team Physician, The OSU Sports Medicine Center

Grant Jones, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics
Team Physician, The OSU Sports Medicine Center