Primary Care Fellowship
What is a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow?

A fellow is a physician who is fully licensed and board eligible. These individuals are selected from many qualified graduates of top residency training programs nationwide to participate in our 12 month ACGME Accredited Fellowship Program. Fellows are important members of the team dedicated to the care of patients with non-surgical injuries of both upper and lower extremities.

Goals and Characteristics of this Fellowship:

The AREF Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship provides a comprehensive, diverse, educational experience in the field of Sports Medicine. Fellows develop expertise in the care of a wide range of medical and musculoskeletal problems. Graduates will possess the clinical competence needed to diagnose and manage medical illnesses and injuries related to sports and exercise in a variety of athletes and physically active patient populations, to include elite and professional athletes. The fellowship will also provide experience in functioning in the role of Team Physician to high school and NCAA Division I and II student-athletes.

By the end of the 12-month training program, fellows will be proficient in all six ACGME core competencies applicable to the field of Sports Medicine. Specifically, fellows will be able to:


  • Provide continuing, comprehensive care for health problems related to sports and exercise
  • Perform technical procedures, such as: casting and splinting, arthrocentesis and intra-articular joint injections
  • Perform diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and ultrasound guided procedures
  • Develop pre-participation examination programs, as well as conduct thorough pre-participation exams for organized athletes of a wide range of ages.
  • Identify and effectively communicate representative outpatient orthopaedic procedures
  • Provide on-site care and management to participants at various sporting events. Serve on team physician staff to several University of West Florida and University of South Alabama athletic teams which engage in seasonal sports and provide comprehensive and continuing care to team student-athletes
  • Serve as the team physician for a local high school
  • Plan and implement medical coverage for a mass participation event to include: providing medical consultation, direct patient care, event planning, protection of participants, coordination with local EMS systems and other medical aspects of mass participation of events
  • Discern how a variety of disciplines impact the field of sports medicine including, but not limited to: physiology and biomechanics, nutrition, pathology and pathophysiology of illness and injury, pharmacology, sports psychology, ethics and medical/legal aspects of exercise and sports
  • Provide patient, medical student, resident-education regarding sports medicine to patients, families, colleagues, allied health personnel, and community sports medicine networks
  • Fellows are also required to conduct a research project and submit a publication in a peer reviewed journal prior to completion of the program.
  • Conduct sports medicine scholarly activity
  • Utilize evidence-based medicine in clinical sports medicine practice
  • Maintain primary specialty skills


  • Perform foot & ankle specific history taking, examinations, interpret diagnostic studies, and evaluation of injuries
  • Provide preoperative and non-operative evaluation and diagnoses
  • Discuss differential diagnoses
  • Prepare preoperative plans an write appropriate orders
  • Prescribe and oversee rehabilitation protocols
  • Document treatment through operative and clinical notes (dictation)
  • Assist in surgery on Foot & Ankle procedures both open and arthroscopic
  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other ancillary staff regarding patient
  • Complete standard office, coding and charge forms
  • Participate in clinical conferences, seminars, surgical skills labs, and journal clubs
  • Attend and lecture at Andrews Research & Education Foundation Fellowship Conference

Please direct inquiries to: Carmen White, Fellowship Manager at


Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

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Fellowship Director:
Joshua Hackel, MD

Asst. Fellowship Director:

Michael Milligan, MD


James Andrews, MD

Alex Coleman, MD

Adam Anz, MD

Roger Ostrander, MD

Christopher O'Grady, MD

Erik Nilssen, MD

Steve Jordan, MD

Michael Harris, MD

Duration: 12 months
Positions: 1 = 1 (ACGME accredited)

New 2015-2016 Fellows

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow

Brett Kindle, MD