Program description

The PM&R Sports Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is a one-year program in nonoperative sports medicine that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The fellowship is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine, which is a joint venture of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

This fellowship involves the primary care of patients with sports, fitness or recreational activity-related injuries that adversely affect their ability to participate in physical activity. Fellows spend the majority of their time in the Sports Medicine Center but regularly rotate in the Musculoskeletal and Regenerative Medicine Clinics.

Mandatory rotations also include:

  • Pediatric orthopedic sports medicine
  • Adult orthopedic sports medicine
  • Cardiovascular Health Clinic
  • Sports performance (sports psychology, nutrition, and strength and conditioning)

Fellows cover team and mass participation sporting events on a regular basis. Elective rotations are available and can occur in multiple areas, such as the Electrodiagnostic Laboratory, Cast Room, Radiology, Hand Clinic, Foot Clinic, Spine Center and Pain Clinic. Elective rotations at Mayo Clinic Square (Minneapolis) Sports Medicine Center can also be arranged.

The fellowship also includes extensive training in diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound, including injections and other percutaneous procedures. The Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center musculoskeletal ultrasound practice is accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Fellows have ample opportunities to participate in sports medicine-related research. Time and support services are available to facilitate completion of the research requirement.

The PM&R Sports Medicine Fellowship provides exposure to a broad spectrum of the practice of musculoskeletal physiatry and prepares fellows for sports- and musculoskeletal-based practices in academic or private practice settings, including multidisciplinary groups.


The Mayo Clinic PM&R Sports Medicine Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Program history

The PM&R Sports Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester was established in 1990. Typically, one trainee completes the fellowship each year.

Our graduates have been successful at obtaining positions in both academic institutions and multispecialty groups, including Mayo Clinic, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Hospital for Special Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, Cleveland Clinic, University of Michigan, University of Iowa, University of Washington, Seattle Swedish Hospital, University of Pittsburgh, and Ohio State University.

About the Sports Medicine Center

Sports Medicine Center staff members treat sports- and activity-related injuries to facilitate a quick return to sports and activity. The center provides a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to diagnose musculoskeletal conditions. The center is an outpatient clinic and is affiliated with Mayo Clinic's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Fellows have direct access to Sports Medicine Center staff at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester throughout their training.

Both competitive and recreational athletes are at risk of injuries that limit their performance. The Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center involves specialists from a variety of disciplines who work in concert to meet the needs of each patient.

In addition to caring for patients in their clinical practices, Mayo Clinic's faculty members are committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge. Many of our faculty have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their respective fields.

March 16, 2017