A fellow is an orthopaedic surgeon who is fully licensed and board eligible. These inviduals are selected from over 100 qualified graduates of top orthopaedic training programs nationwide to participate in our 12 month Fellowship Program.. Fellows are important members of the team dedicated to the care of patients with injuries of both upper and lower extremities. Weekly clinics, arthroscopic procedures, open surgical treatment, and research requirements form the core responsibilities of our Fellowship Program. Other activities include weekly conferences on the latest techniques and information in orthopaedic sports medicine, leading monthly journal club meetings & case study conferences, as well as participating in the on-field coverage of local high school, collegiate, and professional athletic events.
The Fellowship Program offers exposure to all areas of orthopaedics and sports medicine, including knee, shoulder, elbow, spine, and ankle surgery as well as hip arthroscopy. The responsibilities foster a close working relationship with board certified attendings in clinics and operating room settings., Each fellow rotates independently with five separate attendings on 2 month rotations. Fellows focus on developing skills in all aspects of the musculoskeletal examination, ligament reconstruction, and arthroscopic surgery procedures. Fellows also assist in surgical procedures that are facilitated in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.. Research requirements are fulfilled through use of the biomechanics lab, cadaveric surgical skills lab, or clinical outcome studies. Fellows are also required to submit a publication in a peer reviewed journal prior to completion of the program.
Fellows actively participate in team coverage and event management as part of their educational experience. Each fellow is assigned to overseelocal high school sporting events, assist with coverage of professional athletic teams and colleges, as well as other professional, recreational and competitive events. Fellows are expected to interact with and educate residents or other medical students rotating on site. Continuing educational programs include sports medicine conferences, sports medicine and foot & ankle journal clubs, and orthopaedic case study conferences. The program will send each fellow to two major conferences per year. Fellows must have a Florida Medical License and be board certified or board eligible in orthopaedic surgery before beginning the program.
Please submit your application for the AREF Sports Medicine Fellowship through the SF Match Program: sfmatch.org
The SF Match requires the following documents:
- Completed and signed Central Application Service (CAS) application forms
- CAS distribution list and payment
- USMLE scores
- Four (4) letters of reference
- Updated CV (please see SF Match format)
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship
James R. Andrews, MD
Asst. Fellowship Director:
Roger V. Ostrander, MD
Chris O’Grady, MD
Charles Roth, MD
Erik Nilssen, MD
Adam Anz, MD
Steve Jordan, MD
Duration: 12 months
Positions: 6 = 4 (ACGME accredited), 2 (non-accredited)
New 2015-2016 Fellows
Dr. Brotherton attended the University of Alabama Birmingham where he received his BS in Biology. He went on to earn his MD from Florida State University College of Medicine followed by an internship in general surgery at Orlando Medical Center. Dr. Brotherton completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. He served as a major in the United States Air Force from July 2011 to July 2014, when he began his fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine here at AREF.
Dr. Chillemi attended the University of Notre Dame where he received his BA in Economics. He was a 4 year Letterman in NCAA Division I Soccer. He went on to earn his MD from Ross University School of Medicine where he was Valedictorian of his class. Dr. Chillemi completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama.
Dr. LaPorta attended Fordham University (NY) where he received his BS in Biology. He went on to earn his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. Dr. LaPorta completed an internship in general surgery and his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at North Shore – Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York.
Dr. Loveland attended Texas Tech University where he received his BS in Microbiology, with Honors. He went on to earn his MD at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Loveland completed his residency as Chief Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida.
Dr. Hutchison attended Clearwater Christian College where he received his BS in Biology and Pre-Med. He went on to earn his DO at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida and completed an internship in surgery with orthopaedic emphasis from University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Hutchison completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Nova Southeastern University/Largo Medical Center in Largo, Florida.
Dr. Poage attended West Virginia University where he received his BS in Biology. He went on to earn his DO at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia, graduating in the top 5% of his class. Dr. Poage completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
The application deadline for this year's fellowship is October 1st. Interviews will be conducted between October - December.
The AREF Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is a one-year ACGME accredited program open to physicians who have completed residency training in the fields of Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Emergency Medicine from an ACGME accredited residency program. The purpose of the program is to enable primary care physicians to develop expertise in the area of sports medicine. They will also develop essential teaching and administrative skills. This is accomplished through the teaching and joint cooperation of a number of outstanding participating sites, including Andrews Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center’s Orthopaedic surgeons, PM&R group, as well as the Athletic Department of the University of West Florida. There are a variety of exceptional experiences offered in the AREF Sports Medicine Fellowship, including high school, collegiate and professional team coverage. Each level offers a unique educational opportunity and perspective into the multiple facets of sports medicine. Completion of the fellowship offers the privilege of sitting for the Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.
We have 1 primary care fellowship position per year that we fill through the NRMP match.
There are several key educational goals of the AREF Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship:
- Obtain a broad knowledge base of medical issues surrounding exercise and athletic competition.
- Develop skill in evaluating and treating common orthopedic injuries.
- Experience Team Physician duties at many levels, high school to the professional level.
- Become proficient in common orthopedic office procedures.
- Examine and critically evaluate current orthopedic and sports medicine literature
- Gain experience in performing, writing, and publishing research
- Gain experience in presenting at sports medicine conferences, including national conferences.
The AREF Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship only accepts the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) Application. Our application deadline is October 1st. Interviews are held from October through December each year. Any other questions about the application process may be directed to Carmen White at carmen.white@AndrewsREF.org or (850) 916-8704. AREF Primary Care Sports Medicine participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) subspecialty matching services, so be sure to register with the NRMP. Please submit applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) website. Documents that can’t be submitted through ERAS should be emailed directly to Carmen White at carmen.white@AndrewsREF.org.
ERAS application (includes Photograph, Letter of Recommendation (3))
Copy of medical school graduation diploma
Letter from Program Director regarding graduation status or diploma for completion of residency
Documentation of presentations and publications
Verification of USMLE/COMPLEX scores
This webpage serves only as a guide to the AREF Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. Actual requirements may change from those depicted here.