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CU Sports Medicine

Department of Orthopedics

Sports Medicine Fellowship

CU Sports Medicine is pleased to offer two 1-year post-graduate experiences in orthopedic sports medicine and shoulder surgery. Our mission is to train academically interested future leaders in sports medicine and shoulder surgery.

The fellowship experience is 52 weeks in duration, beginning August 1, and includes:

  • Clinical Activity
    Fellows will be exposed to a variety of sports medicine and shoulder conditions, from simple to complex, emphasizing surgical and rehabilitation approaches.
  • Research
    Fellows will have dedicated research time with opportunities in evidence based clinical medicine and basic science research. Fellows will be expected to produce at least one publishable manuscript, and will gain experience in grant writing techniques.
  • Team Physician Experience
    The Fellow will also be one of the team physicians for the University of Colorado and the University of Denver varsity teams.
  • Academic Curriculum
    The sports medicine curriculum is based on the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) curriculum for sports medicine fellows and includes weekly lectures, journal club, anatomy review with cadaver dissections, and opportunities to use a bioskills laboratory.
  • Benefits
    • The stipend is commensurate with a University of Colorado Medical School PGY-6 salary
    • The fellow is provided malpractice insurance, medical insurance (for self and dependents) and 22 days of vacation
    • The fellow is sponsored at two continuing education/academic courses
    • The fellow is sponsored to take the AOSSM fellowship or CAQ exam


  • Applicants must have completed an accredited residency program in Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Applicants must be licensed to practice in the State of Colorado and have a current DEA license
  • Fellows in our program must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee or possess the appropriate documentation to allow Fellows to legally train at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

How to Apply

To apply, you will need to participate in the orthopedic sports medicine fellowship match sponsored by AOSSM and administered by SFMatch. The match timeframe is:

  • September 1 – Applicants are permitted to sign-up for the match. To apply, complete the on-line application and provide 3 letters of recommendation
  • December 1 - Application deadline
  • January – Interviews begins (specific dates TDB)
  • March – Rank order lists submitted by fellowship programs and applicants
  • April – Match Day

Attending staff: Eric McCarty, M.D., Armando Vidal, M.D., and Michelle Wolcott, M.D.
Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)

For more information contact: Patricia McFate, CU Sports Medicine Fellowship, CU Orthopedics​, 311 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, Colorado 80304. 303-441-2219.

University of Colorado Denver is an equal opportunity employer.