The University of Pittsburgh offers two Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship experiences. These two fellowships function essentially as one larger UPMC program with two affiliated institutions: UPMC Shadyside and UPMC St. Margaret.
The Shadyside and St Margaret sports medicine fellowships function essentially as one larger program with two different affiliated institutions.
The fellowships are structured such that there are many similarities but also some important differences between the two programs. Pittsburgh is known for its sports teams, its strength in orthopedic medicine, and its academic teaching. Both fellowship programs take advantage of these resources. The Shadyside and the St Margaret programs equally expose the fellows to the same orthopedic surgeons, specialty clinics, and sports medicine faculty for fellow instruction. The schedule for each fellow is carefully constructed. The end result is that both programs provide comparable exposure and promote a superior learning experience designed to provide an excellent knowledge base, promote curiosity and growth, and provide our graduates a diverse breadth of experience that can be applied to any number of primary care sports medicine career options.
The Shadyside Fellowship program currently has one fellow, and St Margaret Fellowship program has two. The fellows from both programs, however, work closely with each other and share their experiences throughout the year. The main difference between the programs is the fellow’s training room experience and team coverage.
Fellowship at UPMC Shadyside
Fellowship at UPMC St. Margaret
In this matter, each St Margaret fellow is provided the exhilarating experience of providing care for the athletes at a large, DI athletics program, but is also afforded the invaluable autonomy of serving as a team physician, attending home games, traveling to away games, providing comprehensive care to athletes in the training room, and becoming an integral part of the athlete’s experience at a moderate sized athletic program. Each fellow also cares for a high school athletics program throughout the year, rounding out their hands-on, training room, and on-field experiences.