PM&R Sports Medicine fellow works with a patient at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Graduate medical education in physical medicine and rehabilitation medicine at Mayo Clinic

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The PM&R Sports Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is a one-year accredited program in nonoperative sports medicine that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The fellowship is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine, which is a Division of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

This fellowship involves the primary care of patients with sports, fitness, or recreational activity-related injuries that adversely affect their ability to participate in physical activity. As a fellow, you spend the majority of your time in the Sports Medicine Center but regularly rotate in the Musculoskeletal and Regenerative Medicine Clinics.

Mandatory rotations also include:

  • Pediatric orthopedic sports medicine
  • Adult orthopedic sports medicine
  • Sports Cardiovascular Clinic
  • Sports performance (sports psychology, nutrition, and strength and conditioning)
  • Vascular medicine
  • Pulmonology

You cover team and mass participation sporting events on a regular basis. Elective rotations are available and can occur in multiple areas, such as the Electrodiagnostic Laboratory, Cast Room, Radiology, Hand Clinic, Foot Clinic, Spine Center and Pain Clinic. Elective rotations at Mayo Clinic Square (Minneapolis) Sports Medicine Center can also be arranged.

The fellowship also includes extensive training in diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound, including injections and other minimally invasive procedures. The Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine musculoskeletal ultrasound practice is accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

During the fellowship, you have ample opportunity to participate in sports medicine-related research. Time and support services are available to facilitate completion of the research requirement.

The PM&R Sports Medicine Fellowship provides exposure to a broad spectrum of the practice of musculoskeletal physiatry and prepares you for a sports- and musculoskeletal-based practice in an academic or private practice setting, including multidisciplinary groups.

Your training experience

Your training experience

As a fellow at Mayo Clinic, you'll have access to robust clinical, educational, and research resources. You'll find support both inside and outside of the campus to promote physical and mental wellness and ensure your work/life balance.

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The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Program history

The PM&R Sports Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester was established in 1990. Typically, one trainee completes the fellowship each year.

Our graduates have been successful at obtaining positions in both academic institutions and multispecialty groups around the country, including Mayo Clinic, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Hospital for Special Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, Cleveland Clinic, University of Michigan, University of Iowa, University of Washington, Seattle Swedish Hospital, University of Pittsburgh, Ohio State University, and the Andrews Institute.

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