In partnership with Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, the Baptist Health Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship is a one-year intensive program to provide a concentrated educational experience in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery.

Fellows work hand in hand with fellowship-trained, board-certified sports medicine orthopedic surgeons from Baptist Health Orthopedic Care to receive advanced training in orthopedic sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery, including a broad spectrum of shoulder, elbow and knee disorders, hip arthroscopy and sports-related foot and ankle cases. Fellows are active in the operating room performing a wide variety of open and arthroscopic procedures, including complex knee and shoulder revisions, multiligament knee injuries and shoulder arthroplasty. Most procedures take place at the state-of-the-art Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center.

Additionally, participation in ongoing clinical and basic science research projects is encouraged and protected time for scholarly activities is built into the weekly schedule. The program provides a dedicated research staff that is available to assist on all projects. Fellows also participate in a monthly journal club, morbidity and mortality and interesting case conference. Finally, fellows have year-round access to our on-site cadaveric Bioskills training lab to practice new procedures and hone their surgical skills.

Miami is an ideal location for a fellow to learn and practice sports medicine. The Institute offers unique year-round coverage opportunities for a wide variety of high school, collegiate and professional sports teams. Baptist Health is the official sports medicine provider for:

Professional Sports Partners

  • Florida Panthers (NHL)
  • Miami FC Soccer (USLC)
  • Miami Dolphins (NFL)
  • Miami Heat (NBA)
  • Inter Miami CF (MLS)

    University and School Athletics Partners

  • Barry University Athletics
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University Athletics
  • Miami-Dade Country Public School Athletics
  • St. Thomas University Athletics

  • Event and Tournament Partners

  • Miami Open Tennis Tournament
  • Capital One Orange Bowl
  • Miami Marathon and Half Marathon
  • Miami Triathlon

  • The mission of the program is to provide an intellectually stimulating and challenging clinical, surgical and research environment to develop orthopedic sports medicine surgeons who are prepared and qualified to enter any practice setting be it clinical, academic or a combination thereof.

    Program Accreditation

    Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) ID: 2681121015

    Program Size

    PGY-6: 2

    Maria Claudia Corradine

    Supervisor GME Programs

    Maria Claudia Corradine


    • 100%

      graduation rate
    • 1988


    Featured Training Sites

    Baptist Health Orthopedic Institute

    Baptist Health Orthopedic Institute

    The nationally recognized Baptist Health Orthopedic Institute is a multi-site practice with locations across South Florida, offering comprehensive orthopedic services including sports medicine, foot and ankle, hand, adult reconstruction and trauma care to community members and professional athletes. The staff of renowned sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons – backed by the most advanced technology and comprehensive rehabilitation programs – brings a total team approach to each patient’s care. The program serves the Miami HEAT, Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Inter Miami CF, Orange Bowl, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Athletics, Miami Open Tennis and Miami Marathon & Half Marathon.

    Doctors Hospital

    Doctors Hospital

    Doctors Hospital, located in the heart of historic Coral Gables, has provided high-quality medical care since 1949. The 281-bed, acute care facility is recognized for its services in orthopedics, sports medicine, general surgery, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, geriatrics, intensive care and a state-of-the-art Emergency Department.

    West Kendall Baptist Hospital

    West Kendall Baptist Hospital

    West Kendall Baptist Hospital opened to the public April 2011 as Miami-Dade County’s first brand-new hospital in more than 35 years. The hospital features 203 private rooms and is a Gold LEED-certified facility featuring energy-efficient initiatives and recycled materials throughout. It supports a vision of West Kendall as a convenient central hub where area residents can live, work and play. Through its “Healthy West Kendall” initiative, the hospital encourages residents to achieve the goal of becoming the “Healthiest Community in Florida”. West Kendall Baptist Hospital offers adult medical and surgical services, surgical and endoscopy services, and maternity services.

    Baptist Health Wellness & Medical Complex

    Baptist Health Wellness & Medical Complex

    Baptist Health Surgery Center at Plantation located within the Baptist Health Wellness & Medical Complex offers the latest in surgical care and technology, backed by the experience of some of the area’s finest physicians and highly skilled and qualified staff. The 14,300-square-foot multi-specialty center is designed for the comfort, safety and convenience of our patients including five operating rooms with state-of-the-art surgical and anesthesia monitoring equipment.

    Baptist Health Orthopedic Complex

    Baptist Health Orthopedic Complex

    Introducing Baptist Health's new, state-of-the-art orthopedic complex across the street from Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins. The expansive, 17,000-square-foot facility is located adjacent to the Baptist Health Training Complex, the Dolphins’ training facility, with clinical areas overlooking the team’s practice field. Serving Dolphins players and the public alike, the new location offers comprehensive orthopedic care with a full range of diagnostic imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation services all under one roof.

    Doctors Hospital BioSkills Lab

    Doctors Hospital BioSkills Lab

    This integral part of the Institute’s educational program provides a simulated surgical setting that allows our physicians, residents and fellows to conduct hands-on cadaveric evaluations, surgical education, clinical trials, and research studies including basic science. The lab is fully equipped with the latest arthroscopic equipment. The room allows viewing of the OR for a seamless learning experience. Fellows also have access to the Miami Anatomic and Research Center Institute surgical training center.
    Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center

    Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center

    The Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center is a new, state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center located in the Medical Arts Building at Doctors Hospital. It is fully dedicated to orthopedic procedures and includes 4,500 square feet of the world’s most advanced and efficient operating room suites. Two of the four operating rooms have windows for viewing capabilities and student observation.

    Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

    Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at FIU is a community-based, twenty-first-century medical school offering an innovative medical education curriculum. By working collaboratively to respond to the health needs of patients and communities, the college prepares students to become socially accountable physicians, scientists, and health professionals who can serve the South Florida community.

    Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

    Our program attracts, educates, and retains exceptional healthcare talent to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained in the Baptist Health Way with a focus on quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration.

    Eligibility Prerequisites

    • All applicants must be a board-eligible graduate of a U.S. ACGME-accredited orthopedic residency program.
    • Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.
    • Applicants must be able to be granted an unrestricted license to practice medicine in Florida.

    Application Requirements

    • Applications should be received via the San Francisco (SF) Match program 19 months prior to the start of the fellowship and interviews are conducted in January-March of the ensuing year. Applicants are required to have the following documents in order to apply:
      • SF Match Central Application Service (CAS) Application
      • CV
      • USMLE Step 1/COMLEX 1 or equivalent
      • Letter of Good Standing
      • Three Letters of Reference
    Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

    Application Timeline

    • Where do applicants go to apply?
      The San Francisco Match
    • When are applications accepted? August 1 to November 15 
    • When are candidate interviews? January through April 
    • When are candidates matched/notified of acceptance? April 
    • When does the program start? Last week of July 


    Fellows will spend at least 3 days in the operating room, one and a half days in clinic, and a half day dedicated to research time each week.

    Longitudinal Experiences

    Our program curriculum incorporates several longitudinal rotations, immersing trainees in particular areas of study throughout the entire duration of the training program.


    • Fellows will spend three days in the OR performing orthopedic cases at Doctors Hospital and West Kendall Hospital OR and at the Baptist Health Surgery Centers located in Coral Gables and Plantation.

    • Baptist Health Orthopedic Institute provides fellows with an outpatient clinic experience. Fellows will spend one and a half days in clinic evaluating patients with musculoskeletal injuries. Fellows will see a wide range of patients including community adults and adolescents, and athletes of all levels with acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Fellows will participate in pre- and post-operative exams and consultations. Principles of conservative management of musculoskeletal conditions as well as recognizing indications for surgical treatment are emphasized during this portion of the curriculum.

      Our 49,000-square-foot recently renovated outpatient facility consists of three floors of physician clinics with 42 exam rooms. The new pod concept with “touchdown” staff work areas allows clinical teams to collaborate across subspecialties. During clinic, the allied health professionals that include PA’s (Physicians Assistants), ATC’s (Certified Athletic Trainers), and MA’s (Medical Assistants) support physicians. Our practice currently uses CERNER electronic medical records (EMR) and fellows receive specialized training in this system as part of their onboarding. Physician offices includes a dedicated Fellow’s Office.

    • Fellows are encouraged to actively participate in multiple ongoing research projects within the institute. There are ample support for research including personnel - a research PhD, Certified Clinical Research Coordinators, and several volunteers – and resources such as the medical library and the BioSkills lab. In addition to participating in ongoing projects, fellows are encouraged to perform their own original research projects. Fellows receive a laptop during orientation for their use during the fellowship year, and have a well-equipped dedicated office space.

      The Cadaveric Bio-skills Lab is an integral part of the Institute’s educational program and it provides a simulated surgical setting that allows our physicians to conduct hands-on cadaveric evaluations, surgical education, research studies and clinical trials. The lab has broadcast capabilities for a seamless learning experience.

    • The Athletic Training Room and Sideline Coverage rotation is an essential component of the fellowship. Fellows will provide sideline coverage at a variety of sporting events. On the professional level, fellows have the opportunity to provide coverage for the NFL Miami Dolphins, NBA Miami Heat, NHL Florida Panthers, Inter Miami CF (MLS), Miami FC Soccer (USLC). On the high school level, our institution takes care of the 36 Miami-Dade County Public High Schools as well as numerous private schools. On the collegiate level, we provide care to Florida International University Athletics, Barry University, St. Thomas University and Florida Atlantic University.. Fellows also provide sideline care for other seasonal sporting events like the Miami Open Tennis Tournament, Miami Marathon and Half Marathon, Capital One Orange Bowl, Miami Beach Bowl, and Miami Triathlon.

    • Lectures: Faculty and fellows will meet on a weekly basis for lectures dedicated to:

      • Anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, epidemiology, and immunology as they relate to adult reconstructive orthopaedic surgery.
      • Pain management for the subspecialty, including recognition of the signs of addiction.
      • Evaluation of practices that ensure and improve patient safety.

      Case Presentation: Faculty and fellows will meet on a weekly basis to discuss the cases that will take place during the week.

      Case Review: Faculty and fellows will critically analyze and discuss challenging cases and those with complications.

      Journal Club: Faculty and fellows will meet on a monthly basis to review the latest journals practitioners.

    • The Physical Therapy rotation is an essential component of the fellowship. The fellows will observe their patients in the physical therapy and rehabilitation treatment sessions. This will include athletes in all age groups and at all levels of competition, and individuals who are active or anticipating exercise activities. The fellows will observe and assist in the rehabilitation of the patients treated at the Baptist Health Orthopedic Institute’s outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation centers.

    • Each year, fellows participate as instructors for the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Musculoskeletal Course. This course allows them to develop and hone their skills as they teach 4th year medical students.

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