sports medicineThe UC Davis Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) has long been a leader in the area of sports and musculoskeletal training, has been ACGME accredited since 2009 and was one of the first PMR programs to receive approval.

The UC Davis Sports Medicine Fellowship is a part of the NRMP match program. All decisions will be made based upon their yearly schedules.

This program meets Requirements for American Board of Medical Specialties in Sports Medicine.

Institution: UC Davis School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Type of Fellowship: Sports Medicine
Length of Fellowship: 1 year
Prerequisites: Completion of PMR residency and California licensure by start of fellowship
Starting Date: July 1
Salary Level: Equivalent to PGY-5 (based on UC PGY salary scale)
Application Deadline: October 1 of year prior to fellowship start
Approximate Interview Date: October through December of year preceding fellowship start. All interviews to be conducted at UC Davis Medical Center unless extenuating circumstances require other arrangements.
Approximate Final Decision Date: Each year, decision date and match date are determined by the NRMP.

Application Process:

All fellowship applications accepted through ERAS only. Please submit all requested documentation, including your current CV and three letters of recommendation. Please note, one letter should come from the residency Program Director, with two other supporting letters from appropriate faculty attesting to your qualifications. Interviews will be held after the receipt of all application materials.


This fellowship is for one year in the diagnosis and clinical management of sports and related musculoskeletal disorders.  Close collaboration exists with the Department of Orthopedics, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, and Radiology at UC Davis. The fellow will primarily work with Sports-Board certified physiatrists, Drs. Brandee Waite, Julie Ingwerson, and Brian Davis. Fellows will also work with nationally-renowned Family Practice Sports physician Dr. Jeff Tanji. Fellows will work directly with the UC Davis Sports Orthopedic Surgeons, Drs. Richard Marder, James Van den Boegarde and Cassandra Lee. Clinic and surgical time is also spent with the Sacramento Rivercats’ (San Francisco Giants’ Triple AAA affiliate) Team Physician, Dr. Alan Hirahara. Fellows will also rotate with Musculoskeletal and Neuroimaging radiologists and Orthopedic Hand, Joint, Foot and Ankle, Pediatric Fracture Clinic and Spine Surgeons. Elective time is available for other rotations with approval from the Sports Medicine faculty.

Fellows will also have four weeks training in Lake Tahoe clinics during winter months and sideline medical coverage for numerous professional and amateur sporting events. These will include Sacramento State sport events (NCAA D1), UC Davis sport events (NCAA D1) and American River College (Community College). This coverage may also include the Racing The Planet international endurance events, Sacramento Republic FC professional soccer team, AMGEN Tour of California (cycling), California International Marathon, USA Track and Field, NCAA Track and Field, USA Boxing, USA Tae Kwon Do and American Judo Federation events.

All peripheral joint injections are performed in the Fellowship. Fellows will be instructed in autologous blood, platelet-rich plasma, and prolotherapy injections along with fenestration procedures. Fellows will be expected to complete at least 100 ultrasound-guided procedures, and at least another 100 diagnostic ultrasound evaluations. Fellows will also be expected to attend at least 30 sports surgical cases throughout the fellowship year. Fellows will also spend time in the electrodiagnostics laboratory with ABNEM-certified physiatrists, and will complete 100 studies or more if interested.

Additional funds for books, conferences and other direct educational needs may be available.  Amount determined on a year-to-year basis.

Didactics are focused towards sports topics with additional didactics on electrodiagnostics and anatomy/clinical examination for physiatrists. Lectures are available every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, depending on topic.  Friday morning conference is a musculoskeletal radiology conference with nationally renowned radiologists, Drs. Eva Escobedo, John Hunter, Jasjeet Bindra, Robert Boutin, and Adam Greenspan.  Journal Club on relevant sports topics is held once monthly.  The UC Davis Orthopedic Sports Surgical Team also has a quarterly 360 degree conference which includes surgeons, radiologists and sports faculty from all divisions.