Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship

The UConn Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship is designed for board-eligible or certified orthopaedic surgeons who wish to specialize in academic sports medicine. The fellowship is balanced between the clinical and research aspects of sports medicine.

Clinical activities include working with the five attending fellowship-trained and experienced sports physicians in their offices and the operating room.


The fellow works closely with all five attendings throughout the year, following them in their clinics and the operating room. The fellow works opposite a PGY-5 resident on his/her sports rotation, allowing for a complete educational experience. Throughout the year a fellow reading list, divided by topic, is read and reviewed. Weekly, the fellow and resident cover the topics/articles together presenting them to the attendings. In addition, there are more formal journal clubs set up each month. These sessions review pertinent articles from sports journals and formally review current standards of care for different sports related issues.


Time during each week is also set aside for research and it is hoped that three separate projects will be completed during the fellowship year. These projects are presented at the end of the year at graduation and in an annual Fellowís Day at West Point Military Academy.

Projects are either clinical or basic science in nature. A newly developed Bioskills Lab is available for lab research projects as well as an Instron machine in the Departmentís Biomechanical Lab. Under the direction of Dr. Mazzocca, they have produced several important studies over the past years and are actively pursuing several new topics.

What Else Should I Know?

The fellowship takes place at UConn Health, the UConn main campus in Storrs and the private offices of the fellowship attendings. These clinical activities include the coverage of UConnís Division I programs where the fellow is a primary orthopaedic consultant for the athletes.

The Greater Hartford region and Farmington Valley are family-friendly areas with easy access to parks and rivers for outdoor activities including hiking, canoeing and mountain biking.

Most fellows and their families have found affordable housing within 10 to 15 minutes of UConn Health.

Hartford County is centrally located with good highway access. New York City and Boston are less than two hours away. Connecticut and Rhode Island beaches are even closer.


Qualifications for eligible appointment to the fellowship program:

1. Graduate of a medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

2. Graduate or colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

3. Graduate of a residency program in the United States or Canada accredited by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

4. Completion of all 3 steps of the USMLE prior to start of program.

Due to the high volume of applicants to our program we are currently not accepting applications from graduates of medical schools outside the U.S. and Canada.

Selection Criteria

This program selects from among eligible applications based on:

  • Interview
  • Letter of recommendation
  • USMLE scores
  • Prior research/publications

View more information on Eligibility Requirements and Selection.

Application Information

This program participates in the San Francisco Match. For information on application requirements, deadlines, and interview dates, visit www.sfmatch.org.

The University of Connecticut Health Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity (AA/EOE) and our Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity training program. We encourage applicants from a wide diversity of backgrounds, ethnicity and we fully support applications from women and under-represented groups.

This program does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, disability or national origin.