As a specialty, sports medicine is still in its infancy. The development of many fine programs over the last two decades has helped to set the groundwork for what a fellowship program should look like. Our program has taken the strengths of these programs and combined them to provide our fellows with the finest in educational experiences. We take each fellow's own interests and skills into account to allow for a year aimed at satisfying personal growth while still providing the requisite core knowledge and exposures.
Fellows are provided with all the tools to practice sports medicine upon graduation from the program. They are given ample autonomy in their training room experiences at the college and high school levels, in addition to coverage of many large-scale sporting events within Chicago. Opportunities for teaching residents and medical students abound both in the clinics and in formal settings. They are also regarded as educators of the community and provide a variety of workshops and lectures to coaches, parents and patients alike. Significant involvement with numerous sports medicine experts within the Chicagoland area further enhances the fellow's training. Additionally, fellows are expected to give back to the community through ongoing outreach programs that the fellowship participates in throughout the year. Fellows also receive ongoing instruction in sports medicine research and are required to complete and submit a clinically relevant project for presentation and/or publication during their year.