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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Sports Medicine Fellowship

Institution: University of California Davis (UC Davis) School of Medicine
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of California Davis
4860 Y Street, Suite 3850
Sacramento, CA. 95817
Fax 916-734-7838

Type of Fellowship:  Sports Medicine
Length of Fellowship:  1 year
Prerequisites: Completion of PM&R residency and California licensure by start of fellowship
Starting Date:   July 1
Salary Level:   Equivalent to PGY-5 (based on UC PGY salary scale)
Application Deadline: 

 October 1 of year prior to fellowship start

Approximate Interview  Date:

October through December of year preceding fellowship start. All interviews to be conducted at UC Davis Medical Center unless extenuating circumstances require other arrangements.

Approximate Final Decision Date: 

Each year, decision date and match date are determined by the NRMP.

The UC Davis Sports Medicine Fellowship is a part of the NRMP match program. All decisions will be made based upon their yearly schedules.

Meets Requirements for American Board of Medical Specialties in Sports Medicine.

Application Process: Interested applicants should contact Patricia Settje (contact information as shown above).  An application packet with instructions will be sent to the requesting applicant.  Please forward your current CV, all requested documentation including three letters of recommendation. One letter should come from the residency Program Director, with two other supporting letters from appropriate faculty attesting to your qualifications. Interviews will be held after the receipt of all application materials.

Description:This fellowship is for 1 year in the diagnosis and clinical management of sports and related musculoskeletal disorders.  Close collaboration exists with the Department of Orthopedics, Family Practice and Radiology at UC Davis.  The fellow will primarily work with Sports-Board certified physiatrists, Drs. Brandee Waite, Alberto Panero and Brian Davis.  Fellows will also work with nationally-renowned Family Practice Sports physicians, Drs. Jeff Tanji, and David Cosca. Fellows will work directly with the UC Davis Sports Orthopedic Surgeons, Drs. Richard Marder, Kirk Lewis, James Van den Boegarde and Cassandra Lee. Clinic and surgical time is also spent with the Sacramento Rivercats’ (Oakland A’s Triple AAA affiliate) Team Physician, Dr. Alan Hirahara. Fellows will also rotate with Musculoskeletal and Neuroimaging radiologists and Orthopedic Hand, Joint, Foot & Ankle, Pediatric Fracture Clinic and Spine Surgeons. Elective time is available for other rotations with approval from the Sports Medicine faculty.

Fellows will also have 4 weeks training in Lake Tahoe clinics during winter months and sideline medical coverage for numerous professional and amateur sporting events. These will include Sacramento State sport events (NCAA D1), UC Davis sport events (NCAA D1) and American River College (Community College). This coverage may also include the Racing The Planet international endurance events, Sacramento Republic FC professional soccer team, Sirens women’s professional football team, AMGEN Tour of California (cycling), California International Marathon, USA Track and Field, NCAA Track and Field, USA Boxing, USA Tae Kwon Do and American Judo Federation events.

All peripheral joint injections are performed in the Fellowship. Fellows will be instructed in autologous blood and platelet-rich plasma injections. Fellows will be expected to complete at least 100 ultrasound-guided procedures, and at least another 100 diagnostic ultrasound evaluations. Fellows will also be expected to attend at least 30 sports surgical cases throughout the fellowship year. Fellows will also spend time in the electrodiagnostics laboratory with ABNEM-certified physiatrists, and will complete 100 studies or more if interested.

Educational funds are available up to $2,500 for books, conferences or other direct educational needs yearly.

Didactics are focused towards sports topics with additional didactics on electrodiagnostics and anatomy/clinical examination for physiatrists. Lectures are available every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, depending on topic.  Friday morning conference is a musculoskeletal radiology conference with nationally renowned radiologist, Drs. Eva Escobedo, John Hunter, and Adam Greenspan.  Journal Club on relevant sports topics is held once monthly.  The UC Davis Orthopedic Sports Surgical Team also has a quarterly 360 degree conference which includes surgeons, radiologists and sports faculty from all divisions.  

The UC Davis Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation has long been a leader in the area of sports and musculoskeletal training, and has been ACGME accredited since 2009 and was one of the first PM&R programs to receive approval.  

More information about the UC Davis Department of PM&R can be found at:

More information about Dr. Brian Davis, Fellowship Director can be found at: - then link to ‘Our Team’ – Brian Davis, M.D. or

More information about Dr. Brandee Waite, Fellowship Co-Director can be found at: - then link to ‘Our Team’ – Brandee Waite, M.D.