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Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program

Richard Figler, MD

Richard Figler, MD
Program Director, Primary Care
Sports Medicine Fellowship
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
99 Northline Circle, Suite 100
Euclid, Ohio 44119
Ph: 216.692.7833
Fax: 216.692.7802
figlerr@ccf.org

Duration: Three one-year positions (July to June 30)
Deadline: Application must be received between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30
Location: Cleveland Clinic Foundation

This fellowship is ACGME-accredited.
Graduates are eligible for the Certificate of Added Qualification Exam.

Cleveland Clinic's Sports Health Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is one of the oldest and most established sports medicine fellowship training programs in the United States. The one year program is affiliated with the Department of Family Medicine at Fairview Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital.

Established in 1985, the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship has over 50 graduates. Though most have trained in Family Medicine, graduates of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residencies have been accepted to the program. The Fellowship has ACGME accreditation allowing the graduates to take the CAQ for Sports Medicine examination.

Cleveland Clinic Sports Health is a group of sports medicine and team physicians working in collaboration with one another and with our allied medical partners in the office, in the training room, on the playing field and in the classroom with a commitment to the pursuit of clinical excellence. Education and research are integral to the commitment.

Application information

Three Primary care Sports Medicine Fellowship positions are available each year. The Program participates in the NRMP Subspecialty Match and utilizes the Universal Application Process outlined on the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine website.

Applications are accepted from Sept. 1 though Sept. 30 each year.

Experience and Training

This comprehensive Primary Care Sports Medicine Program is designed to maximize the exposure of the fellows to a broad range of primary care and orthopaedic sports medicine topics.

Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows spend time rotating with Primary Care Sports Medicine physicians, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine physicians, selected specialty trained Orthopaedic surgeons, adult and pediatric cardiologists, and musculoskeletal radiologists. The radiology curriculum includes x-ray, CT, MRI and MSK ultrasound experience. The Primary Care Sports Medicine Curriculum includes training in MSK ultrasound, extracorporeal shockwave therapy and platelet-rich plasma therapy.

Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows incorporates experience and training in the following:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • Sport Specific Conditioning, Physical Therapy, and Rehabilitation
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sports Concussion Management

Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows function, with supervision, as team physicians for high school and collegiate athletes. The Fellowship also provides exposure to professional athletes from several different sports teams and world-class elite athletes.

The fellowship includes continuity clinics in Primary Care Sports Medicine providing a longitudinal patient care experience throughout the year. The fellows also serve as preceptors for residents in their specialty to maintain their skills.

Lectures and Conferences

Formal didactic lectures covering wide-ranging aspects of Primary Care and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine are presented on a weekly basis as part of an organized conference schedule by the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine fellows, and Sports Medicine staff. Development of lecture preparation and presentation skills is key to fellows seeking both academic and private practice careers.

Formal research and case-based sports medicine conferences are held on a weekly basis. The fellows present at the case-based conference as well.

Other regular conferences that enhance the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows’ educational experience include the following:

  • Orthopaedic Grand Rounds
  • City-wide Family Medicine Sports Medicine Lecture Series
  • Orthopaedic Quality Assurance Conference
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Sports Medicine Academic Day
  • Regional PCSM Journal Club
  • Selected national conferences

The fellows attend the AMSSM Fellows Leadership and Research Conference held at the beginning of the academic year and are required to participate in the AMSSM Annual Meeting by presenting cases and novel research.

Research Project

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellows are required to complete a research project during their one year fellowship. This is accomplished through a research curriculum, faculty leadership and dedicated research time.

The fellows present their research project at the annual Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic Department Research Day and are encouraged to submit their work for subsequent publication.

Application Process

Cleveland Clinic's Sports Health Sports Medicine Fellowship is ACGME accredited, allowing the graduates to take the CAQ exam for Primary Care Sports Medicine. The Program utilizes the Universal Application Process outlined on the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine website.

Cleveland Clinic's Sports Health Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship participates in the National Residency Matching Program’s Specialties Matching Service for fellowships, such as Primary Care Sports Medicine. Please see the National Residency Match Program’s Specialties Matching Service (SMS) at NRMP.org for further details; the program is listed as Fairview Hospital.

Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine residents apply using NRMP program number 318712F0 for the two positions available for these specialties.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residents apply using NRMP program number 318712F1 for the one position available for this specialty.

For additional information or questions please contact:
Richard Figler, MD
Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
Phone: 216.692.7771
Email: figlerr@ccf.org

Please send your applications to Rachel Marshall at the following address:

Rachel Marshall
Suite 100
99 Northline Circle
Euclid, Ohio 44119
Phone: 216.692.7771

Applications can be submitted electronically via email to:
marshar@ccf.org

As a result of the Program’s participation in the NRMP process, applications are accepted from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30 each year. Interviews are conducted in October. The Rank List for our program is submitted in December with the Match List available in January.


Graduates of residency programs in the following specialties are eligible to apply to the program:

  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine residents apply using NRMP program number 318712F0 for the two positions available for these specialties.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residents apply using NRMP program number 318712F1 for the one position available for this specialty.

Applications from foreign medical graduates of these specialties are accepted. Please see the link to Cleveland Clinic's Graduate Medical Education for visa requirements and information.

Orthopaedics Sports Medicine Fellowship

Mark Schickendantz, MD

Mark Schickendatnz, MD
Director of Center for Sports Health
5555 Transportation Blvd.
Phone: 216.518.3436
Fax: 216.518.3441
Email: sportsfellowship@ccf.org

This ACGME accredited program has the goal of teaching orthopaedic surgeons special diagnostic management and research skills specific to sports medicine and trauma.

Sports Health holds regular conferences on the latest sports injury topics and techniques.

Upcoming Conference

19th Annual Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Symposium
Lower Quarter - November 6-8, 2014

Cleveland Clinic Administrative Campus, 25900 Science Park Dr., Building 4, Beachwood, OH 44122

This course is a multi-disciplinary educational session for physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, physicians and athletic trainers who currently work with or are interested in the patient with orthopaedic and sports related conditions. Evidence based assessment and treatment of the lower extremity will be reviewed as well as relating low back conditions in a variety of ages and practice settings. This course will cover the assessment and treatment of the patient from medical examination to return to play.

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Continuing Education Credits

Cleveland Clinic Sports Health is recognized by the Board of Certification to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This Category A Live Event is offering 20.4 CEUs (#P410) for the certified athletic trainer. This course is an Advanced Level course.

Previous Conferences

Sideline Management of Athletic Injuries for the Medical Professional

August 8, 2014

Cleveland Clinic Administrative Campus - Building 4
25900 Science Park Drive
Beachwood, Ohio 44122

This uniquely designed course will offer the attendee guidelines in making return to play decisions and managing various acute athletic injuries as a health care provider on the athletic sideline.

Course Objectives:

  • Manage game day decision making on diagnosis and return to play
  • Improve athletic training room decision making regarding treatment and anticipated return to play
  • Increase awareness of medical and orthopaedic diagnoses that preclude return to play
  • Gain knowledge in a focused physical exam for the upper extremity and lower extremity to diagnosis injuries
  • Increase skills in managing the “downed athlete” including spine boarding
  • Recognize and assess common medical emergencies

2013 ACL Update

May 18, 2013

Cleveland Clinic Administrative Campus (CCAC)
3050 Science Park Dr., Building 3
Beachwood, OH 44124

This one day course is designed to educate physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, athletic trainers and other sports medicine professionals about anterior cruciate ligament injury and risk reduction with the most current practices of the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health team. The course faculty includes orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers with extensive experience in the care and the latest evidence based approaches to risk reduction, jumping strategies, surgical techniques and non-operative management of the athlete to both prevent and effectively rehabilitate ACL injuries.

Course Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  • Identify relevant anatomy and surgical reconstruction techniques that most effectively replicate original ligament function and placement
  • Analyze risk factors for ACL injury related to both sport of participation, anatomical factors as well as neuromuscular control patterns
  • Design a, evidence based, multi-disciplinary rehabilitation program including practical approaches and principles for a long-term successful return to sport
  • List the current and future directions of research study with regard to ACL injury

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