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CU Sports Medicine

CU Sports Medicine

Denver (720) 848-8200 | Boulder (303) 315-9900



The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado consists of committed academic and clinical faculty representing orthopedic subspecialties in trauma, adult reconstruction, hand, foot and ankle, tumor, pediatrics, spine, and sports medicine.

The Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program is accredited by the Accrediation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), as well the fellowship programs of sports medicine, pediatrics, hand and upper extremity surgery, and spinal surgery.

Orthopedic surgery residents rotate annually through University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Denver Health Medical Center, and the Anschutz Centers for Advanced Medicine, including the Anschutz Inpatient and Outpatient Pavilions.

In addition to surgical training, the Department also emphasizes academic and research opportunities. It is the goal of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery to provide excellence in surgical training, academic learning, and research investigation that will prepare a resident for general practice, advanced fellowship training, or academic education and research.

Residency Rotation

We are an integrated, full-service department offering extensive experience in inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and operative orthopedic education.

The orthopedic surgery residency program is approved for six residents at the PGY-1 level. In this 60-month program, 54 months are completed in orthopedic surgery while six months during the first year are completed in surgery, musculos​keletal radiology, rheumatology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. There are two dedicated sports medicine rotations for PGY-3 and PGY-4.

We are deeply committed to educating professional, ethical, and competent clinicians and scientists and creating a diverse environment that fosters excellence and rewarding opportunities for our residents.


We are pleased to offer two one-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 Aug.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. He or she is also sponsored at two continuing education/academic courses and can take the AOSSM fellowship or CAQ exam. 


  • Applicants must have completed an accredited residency program in orthopedic 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:

  • Sept. 1 – Applicants are permitted to sign up for the match. To apply, complete the online application and provide three letters of recommendation.
  • Dec. 1   Application deadline
  • Jan. – Interviews begins (specific dates TBD)
  • March – Rank order lists submitted by fellowship programs and applicants
  • April – Match Day

Other information

Attending Staff:

Dr. McCarty Dr. Wolcott Dr. Vidal
Dr. Pascual-Garrido Dr. Bravman Dr. Mei-Dan

Duration: 1 year (Aug. 1 to July 31)

Contact: Patricia McFate

CU Sports Medicine Fellowship, CU Orthopedics​

311 Mapleton Ave.
Boulder, Colorado 80304

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