Vanderbilt Sports Medicine is proud to offers a one year post-graduate program in primary care sports medicine.  Our mission is to: 

  • Provide excellent patient care in our clinics and to our athletes
  • Contribute to education and research within sports medicine, orthopedics, and primary care specialties
  • Champion evidence-based and value-based medicine
  • Prepare our fellowship graduates to do the same


This fellowship is accredited by the ACGME and through the Pediatric RRC. Fellows will be qualified to sit for the Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Sports Medicine.

Competency Based Goals & Objectives (pdf)


Fellowship applicants must have completed an accredited residency program in:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medicine/ Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

As Vanderbilt University Medical Center does not have a Department of Family Medicine, we do not currently accept application from Family Medicine residents as we are unable to provide a continuity clinic experience that allows them to practice the full breadth of their specialty.

Application & Match Process

Applicants must:

  • Complete the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). 
  • Sign up for the National Resident Match Program (NRMP).
    • For dates specific to the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship match, click here.

Applications are accepted according to the schedule determined by ERAS

  • Annual application deadline: September 15th
    • Applications are reviewed and invitations for interviews are extended on a rolling basis
  • Interviews are held in Mid-October - Early November annually
    • Interview dates for the current application cycle are: TBA


For additional information contact:

Karen Shelton

Fellowship Coordinator
Vanderbilt Sports Medicine
1215 21st Ave South, Medical Center East, South Tower, Suite 3200
Nashville, TN 37232

 Vanderbilt Star Sports


- Founded in 1993; Fully Accredited

- Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital

Accept applications from:

  • Pediatric, Internal Medicine, Med/Peds, PM&R, and Emergency Medicine
  • Both MD and DO residencies
  • Past fellows from all primary specialties
    • Except PM&R with first applicant in 2015

Sports Coverage

All levels of sport

  • High School Football
  • NCAA Athletics
    • Vanderbilt University athletics (Div. 1 – SEC)
    • NCAA Events in Nashville – SEC Championships, NCAA Basketball & Baseball
  • Nashville Sounds, AAA Baseball for the Oakland Athletics
  • Nashville Predators, NHL Hockey
  • Mass Sporting Events
    • SEC Cross Country races
    • Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Youth Triathlon
    • Music City Half Marathon
    • Country Music Marathon
    • TSSAA State Wrestling Championships
    • Iroquois Steeplechase horse race (medical team for jockeys)


100% Sports Medicine CAQ pass rate

Full integration of surgical and non-surgical faculty and fellows for lectures and clinics

  • Additional lectures specific to Primary Care Sports Medicine and Pediatric Orthopedics

50% of clinical time with Orthopedic Surgery faculty

  • 7 primary surgeons – Sports, Pediatrics, Hip, Hand, Foot & Ankle

50% of clinical time with Primary Care Sports Medicine faculty from all primary specialties

  • Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Emergency Medicine, & PM&R
  • 9 PCSM faculty; both MD and DO

30% of clinical time in dedicated Pediatric Sports Medicine clinics

Program Design

2 Fellowship Tracks

  • Emergency Medicine Track – 1 position/year – 1 year commitment
  • Non-Emergency Medicine Track – 1 position/year
    • PM&R – 1 year commitment (2nd year option available)
    • Pediatric, Internal Medicine, Med/Peds – 2 year commitment
      • 1st year
        • Rotations with Sports & Peds Ortho Surgery and Primary Care faculty
        • One ½ day/week in Primary Care Specialty
        • Research
        • Team Coverage
        • 2nd year
          • Faculty position as a Clinical Instructor
            • Two clinic days/week as a Sports Medicine Attending at Vanderbilt Student Health & Vanderbilt Orthopedic Institute
            • 2 full days/week for elective rotations with
              • Hand, Foot & Ankle, and Hip surgeons, & PM&R faculty
              • 1-2 half days/week in Pediatric Sports Medicine
              • Research
              • Team Coverage

Research and Educational Programs

Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center

- Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports at Vanderbilt

- Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health & Wellness (Exercise Phys. & Rehab)

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound curriculum

Cardiac Screening with Electrocardiogram and EKG interpretation in athletes

Musculoskeletal Radiology and Clinical Correlation Conference

Evidence Based Medicine Research & Educational curriculum & Journal Club

Value-Based Care approach with integration into education curriculum

National and Regional Sports Medicine conference participation

  • AMSSM Annual Meeting
  • Vanderbilt Sideline Medicine Course
  • Southeast ACSM-Clinical Track
  • AMSSM Fellows Research Conference

Clinical Autonomy

Fellow run Athletic Training Room clinics at Vanderbilt University

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