Primary-Care Based Fellowship

Applications must be submitted to ERAS no later than September 30th at midnight, each year.

Sports Medicine has had a presence on the campus of Michigan State University since August 1977. It initially began with the care of the intercollegiate athlete. As of September 1981, the fee-for-service Sports Medicine Clinic was developed to care for the community athlete population. Care continues to be provided by health care providers from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Human Medicine, trainers from the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, plus other allied health care professionals. The fellowship graduated its first two physicians in June of 1986.

The fellowship is 12 months in length, beginning July 1 and ending June 30 of each year. It constitutes an offering in postgraduate specialized training in sports medicine to residency-trained practitioners in family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, emergency medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation. It represents the first in-depth educational and clinical experiences involving a sports medicine fellowship at a NCAA Division I university. The fellowship was accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education on 09/11/1996. It continues to be an accredited program under the family practice residency at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan.


The Sports Medicine curriculum provides an excellent experience for the Sports Medicine fellow to achieve the cognitive knowledge, psychomotor skills, interpersonal skills, professional attitude and practical experience required in the care of patients with problems related to sports and exercise. The curriculum is primarily outpatient-based. Fellows acquire the majority of their experience working in the Sports Medicine Clinic with primary care providers and the orthopedic surgical faculty involved in the program. Opportunities to work with subspecialists that are pertinent to Sports Medicine are utilized.

The clinical practice setting is the foundation of this fellowship. Orthopedics, sports injuries, human performance and rehabilitation and medical issues related to sports, share the major emphasis. The sports medicine fellow sees patients that are representative of all age groups, sexes and level of experience in sporting/exercise interests or activities in the sports medicine clinic on a regular basis. Athletes at all skill levels will be represented in the patient mix as well. The curriculum includes both prevention and treatment of sports injuries. It includes promoting healthy lifestyles for some and optimal functional status for others. The program of study includes diagnostic orthopedics, exercise prescriptions, sports/orthopedic radiology, nutrition in medicine, preventive medicine, plus subspecialty medicine and surgery electives. Clinical experiences include involvement in the sports medicine clinic, on-site medical management of community, recreational and sporting events, and regular exposure to intercollegiate athletic coverage.

The fellows are also expected to attend educational conferences, coordinating and instructing an MSU-based curriculum medical course, and to complete a research project. Most of the experiences for the Sports Medicine fellow are on a longitudinal basis. The fellows see patients in the sports medicine clinic three half-days per week, as well as providing care to family practice patients in the Sparrow Family Health Center one half day per week. Also, two half-days of direct orthopedic training occur weekly in clinical and operative environments. The Sports Medicine fellow provides care in injury clinics at local high schools, as well as two to three mornings per week in the Michigan State University intercollegiate athletic training rooms. Continuing care to school age, college and professional teams in the area, along with attendance at practice sessions and sporting events, occurs weekly. The Sports Medicine Fellow also provides services at a variety of community events involving mass participation.

Didactic Sessions

  • Physiology and Biomechanics of Exercise
  • Basic Nutrition As It Pertains To Exercise
  • Psychology of Sports/Exercise
  • Pre-participation Evaluation
  • Physical Conditioning/Growth and Development
  • Special Interests of Children, Women, Elderly and Handicapped Populations and Those with Chronic Disease
  • Pathology and Pathophysiology of Illness and Injury
  • Prevention, Evaluation, Management and Rehabilitation of Injuries
  • Pharmacology and Effects of Therapeutics
  • Recreational and Performance-Enhancing Drugs/Sports Pharmacology
  • Ethics
  • Medical/Legal Aspects of Sports Medicine
  • Anatomy
  • Team Physician Responsibilities during On-Site Coverage
  • Aspiration/Injection Techniques
  • Joint Specific Evaluations

Field Experiences

  • Team phycisian for high school sports
  • Team phycisian for intercollegiate sports at MSU
  • Team phycisian for community sporting events
  • Supervise medical students and residents in Sports Medicine course elective and rotations on Sports Medicine service

Scholarly Sports Medicine Pursuits

  • Sports Medicine Journal Club weekly
  • CAQ review sessions

Research Expectations

  • Initiation and completion of an original Sports Medicine research project to be presented at a national Sports Medicine meeting
  • Publication of articles in Primary Care Sports Medicine journals
  • Presentations of case reports at national Sports Medicine meetings such as ACSM or AMSSM


Sports Medicine Fellowship application is available here.


Program Director

Jill Moschelli, MD

Jeff Kovan, DO

Program Coordinator

Roxanne Burnham
Sparrow Family Medicine Residency
MSU Sports Medicine Fellowship
Phone: 517.364.5783
Fax: 517.364.5764

Clinical Programs

Sandy Tran, BA
4660 S. Hagadorn Rd.
Suite 420
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: (517) 884.6124
Fax: (517) 884.6233