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Sports Medicine Fellowship

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Program Overview

Our fellowship is designed for primary care physicians seeking an exceptional, primary care based sports medicine experience.

Building upon your medical knowledge and expertise, your assigned responsibilities will involve:

  • Establishing and managing a Sports Medicine and a Primary Care patient base at Highland Family Medicine 
  • Concentrated participation as a team physician, including on site/on field care for: St. John Fisher College Football, NCAA Div. 3 (NCAA Quarter finalists 2 of the past 5 years) and Penfield High School (NYS Section V)
  • Event Physician for endurance events including the Rochester Marathon, Can Lakes 50 Ultra Marathon and Cayuga Lake Olympic Distance Triathlon
  • Attendance at Sports Medicine conferences (AMSSM and others), seminars and workshops, research and scholarly activity
  • Opportunities for coverage with professional hockey, lacrosse and soccer teams are available*

Mark Mirabelli, M.D., FAAFP, Fellowship Director, is the team Physician for the Rochester Knighthawks (2014, 2013, 2012 National Lacrosse League World Champions) and the Rochester Rattlers.

Program Details

Curricular Experiences

Your year-long curricular experiences will consist of 11-month long rotations with 2 weeks at the beginning and the end for start up and conclusion. The rotations include participation in operative and minor surgical procedures. Specialty rotations include Spine/Physiatry, Ortho sports/hip, Ortho sports/shoulder, wrist and hand, foot and ankle, adult reconstruction and arthritis care, and pediatric orthopaedics. There are also rotations in Rheumatology and Sports Concussion Clinic, musculoskeletal radiology, physical therapy/athletic training and rehabilitation.

The program aims to develop primary care physicians for academic practice. There will be many clinical and didactic teaching opportunities in medical students and resident education. Further academic development seminars are available. Exposure to compartment pressure testing and musculoskeletal ultrasound will also be provided. Nutrition, exercise physiology and sports psychology experiences are available. Weekly one-on-one tutorial sessions with the faculty will reinforce and inform your learning. Finally, an innovative “Sports Medicine in the News” curriculum will be discussed periodically.

The Department of Family Medicine and Department of Orthopaedics have an expanding and robust clinical practice. The Department of Family Medicine was one of the original academic family medicine departments in the country and continues to lead primary care in the 21st century with continued strengths in the bio-psychosocial model, women’s health, and international health.  The Department of Orthopaedics is among the top NIH-funded orthopaedic departments in the country each year. With nationally ranked medical specialties, the medical center serves the region as the sole academic and top level trauma and referral center.

Number of Fellowships

One fellow is recruited each fellowship year.

Fellowship Qualifications

  • All applicants must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency in Family Medicine or a combined residency in medicine-pediatrics.
  • Successful completion of all USMLE steps is required.
  • We cannot accept applicants who are on a VISA.

Application Process

Applicants are accepted into the program ONLY through the NRMP. ALL application documentation must be submitted through ERAS effective 7/01/15 through 10/01/15. ANY application documents submitted directly to the fellowship will not be recognized. Interviews will be offered to outstanding candidates and conducted mid-October 2015.


  • Salary: $60,303/year
  • CME funding: $3,000/year
  • Vacation: 4 weeks/year
  • CME leave: 1 week/year
  • Malpractice insurance provided
  • Health insurance plan same as faculty

Fellows are expected to be busy and continually challenged by new opportunities. Nights and weekend shifts are common during sports season. No overnight, pager or hospital call is needed. A serious effort is made to avoid the "overwork syndrome" that occurs in some medical settings.

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About Rochester, New York

Rochester, NY is located at the intersection of the Great Lakes and Finger Lakes regions of New York State. It offers an abundance of cultural and outdoor activities, and has some of the top rated school systems in the state.