Sports Medicine Fellowship

Sports Medicine Fellowship

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship helps fellows develop and refine the skills necessary to become a well-trained Sports Medicine and musculoskeletal specialist.

The Pediatric Sports Medicine Division at Nationwide Children’s Hospital appreciates your interest in our Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. We believe that you will find we offer many excellent opportunities to help you develop and refine the skills necessary to become a well-trained Sports Medicine and musculoskeletal specialist.

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program goals have been created to prepare a fellow in becoming a sub-specialist who will have the appropriate knowledge and experience in clinical, teaching, research and/or other scholarly activities. The program will also provide the fellow with the opportunity to have a successful career in academic or private practice in addition to satisfying the requirements for certification in the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Primary Care Sports Medicine.

What You Need to Know


The overall goals of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship will include the following and will expect the fellow to:

  • Acquire clinical skills required to diagnose, manage, treat and prevent acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems that occur as a result of injury or overuse phenomenon while maintaining a primary care perspective.
  • To gain skills necessary to plan, administer, and supervise a comprehensive “wellness” program to include; but not limited to aerobic fitness, risk factor reduction, proper nutrition, and health care services for the prevention of chronic disease from childhood to adulthood.
  • Acquire an understanding of the epidemiology of musculoskeletal medicine conditions, pathogenesis, and biostatistical methods required to thoroughly understand evidence based literature and if desired participate in clinical research.
  • Although the fellowship is administered through a pediatric institution, the fellow will be comfortable practicing all facets of musculoskeletal medicine in relation to all age ranges from childhood to adulthood.

A common trend in primary care sports medicine fellowship training is a lack of comfort with fracture care. Great emphasis has been placed on fracture care in the curriculum and clinical training at Nationwide Children’s. The fellow will emerge from training with confidence in radiographic evaluation of fractures, reduction techniques in fracture care, casting/splinting, and overall management of fractures. This will be accomplished by rotating with our orthopedic specialists and doing shifts in the Emergency Department with the moonlighting Orthopedic resident learning how to hone these skills.

Overall, each fellow will finish our program with the knowledge and expertise to be highly effective clinicians who can improve the lives of patients with musculoskeletal ailments as well as being able to guide these patients in strategies to live healthier lives and avoid injury.


Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine is the area's only one-stop resource for youth and adolescent athletes. Our team of clinical experts is available to meet with patients at eight locations in central Ohio.

  • Canal Winchester
  • Downtown
  • Dublin
  • East Columbus
  • Hilliard
  • New Albany
  • Marysville
  • Westerville

Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine is proud to be the only Pediatric Hospital in the country to offer 2 dedicated Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Facilities for the care of our patients at our Westerville and Dublin locations.

Application & Selection

We have funding to support 1 fellow each year. PGY Level Required – completed PGY – 3 (certified by ABP, ABIM, ABFM, ABEM, PM&R); or PGY-4 (Combined IM/Peds)


If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:

Lia Mazzarelli
(614) 355-8730