Sports Medicine Fellowship

The Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Sports Medicine Fellowship Program is based at Rush University Medical Center, located in Chicago's West Loop. The program offers an accredited postgraduate sports medicine fellowship, and positions are available for up to four board eligible/board certified orthopedic surgeons.

The fellowship is an extremely active clinical fellowship with a balanced exposure to knee and shoulder surgery. The fellow will be exposed to open and closed shoulder stabilizations, cuff surgery and acromioplasty performed by all attendings. Dr. Anthony Romeo and Dr. Gregory Nicholson perform a high volume of arthroplasties, complex revision procedures, and arthroscopic assisted shoulder stabilizations and arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs. Dr. Bernard Bach and Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph collectively perform over 200 ACL reconstructions annually.

The fellow is exposed to current state-of-the-art single incision endoscopic techniques with patellar tendon autograft, revision surgery (5%), and selected reconstructions with hamstring autografts (5%). Dr. Brian Cole has a particular interest in cartilage and meniscal preservation techniques—Carticel, mosaicplasty and meniscal transplantation. During the 2003-4 academic year, the five attending physicians performed over 2,200 surgical procedures. Knee arthroplasties are not performed on the sports service, although we do perform HTO's and tibial tubercle osteotomies.

The fellowship is balanced between the OR and the office setting. One of the highlights for our fellows has been the opportunity to gain considerable experience in the office. This is done under the direct supervision of the attending physicians in their private offices.

Beginning with the 2004 season, the sports medicine physicians at Rush were chosen to be the team physicians for the Chicago White Sox. The fellows also took part in this endeavor, attending White Sox Spring Training in Tucson, Arizona, and also participating in game coverage. In addition, the sports medicine physicians were also chosen as the team physicians for the Chicago Bulls. We also provide coverage for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Chicago Steel semipro hockey team, and DePaul Blue Demons in addition to local high school team coverage. Research is a mandatory requirement of the fellowship.

Another unique advantage of our program is its close proximity to the Learning Resource Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Our fellows have had the opportunity to attend and participate as a junior faculty member in various courses sponsored by AAOS, AOSSM and AANA. This experience enhances the fellows' education and provides access to nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field of sports medicine. Most fellows will attend at least eight CME courses during the fellowship year. As stated, four fellows are selected for the fellowship. The academic year is August 1 through July 31, thus allowing time for the fellow to prepare for written board examinations, move and get acclimated to Chicago.

If you are considering a fellowship in sports, we hope you will consider our training program. For an application or additional information on the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, please contact Phyllis Velez, Fellowship Coordinator, at 312.942.4301 or by email at phyllis_j_velez@rush.edu.