Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

The program provides a unique focus on surgical experiences and procedures.

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Program Director: Josh Hackel, MD

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship focuses on providing top-level education and training in the field of Sports Medicine while providing the highest quality and safest patient care available. 

Graduates of the program will develop expertise in the care of a wide range of medical and musculoskeletal problems, possessing the clinical competence required to diagnose medical illnesses and injuries related to sports and exercise in a variety of athletes. The graduated fellows will also be proficient in all six ACGME core competencies, research, presentation and training of future sports medicine professionals.

Mission: To educate primary care physicians in the wide range of medical and musculoskeletal problems unique to athletes at all levels of participation and to graduate physicians who will become advancers in the specialty of sports medicine while providing the highest quality and safest patient care possible.

Duration: 12 months

Positions: 1


Josh Hackel, MD

Program Director

Brett Kindle, MD

Associate Program Director

James Presley, MD

Core Faculty

James Hlavacek, MD

Adjunct Faculty

Sonya Ahmed, MD

Adjunct Faculty

  • Provide opportunities in comprehensive sports coverage with opportunities to care for elite athletes.

  • Fellows are proficient in all six ACGME core competencies.

  • Fellows are confident in appropriate surgical and procedural experiences.

  • Fellows are comfortable and effective functioning as team physicians, with varied levels of participation, various sports, and hold respect for athletic trainers, coaches, and other physicians on the team.

  • Fellows become life-long learners and continue to advance medicine through research, publications, and teaching.

  • MSK Ultrasound course
  • Weekly ultrasound training sessions
  • Weekly didactic conferences
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Quarterly Grand Rounds
  • Professional Development lectures
  • Primary and Secondary research project assignments, including at least one submission
  • High school team physician responsibilities
  • Collegiate team physician responsibilities
  • Andrews Institute annual pre-participation physical
  • Physicals for college and high school teams
  • Salary: $50,000 annually
  • Benefits include medical, dental, and health insurance options. Options for additional coverages (disability, hospitalization, life) and/or dependent coverage is available. Benefits available can be found here.  *Health, Dental and Vision benefits effective first day of employment.
  • Professional liability insurance is provided at no cost to the fellow.
  • Parental time, sick time, and leaves of absences are permitted as required by ACGME and Federal Law.
  • No preset amount of paid time off or vacation – the program allows for doctor’s appointments, bereavement, Jury Duty, mental health appointments.
  • Graduate Medical Education Policies outline specific allowances and expectations. 
  • Sample contracts can be found here

Applications and required documents are submitted through the ERAS system (ACGME #1271131137). If you have never registered for ERAS, you will need to visit the ERAS Fellowship Documents Office (EFDO).

The following documents are required:

  • Completed application, including most recent residency and medical school
  • At least three letters of reference
  • USMLE and/or COMLEX Step 1,2,3 scores

Additional Requirements

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship
  • Must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or Emergency Medicine.

Please direct inquiries to: GME Director at

Primary Care Sports Medicine Alumni Testimonials