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Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship

Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship

Doctors Hospital / UHZ Sports Medicine Institute

This program was founded by UHZ Sports Medicine Institute and currently operates within the Miami Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute and Doctors Hospital. The goal of the program is to provide a concentrated educational experience in the field of sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. A strong emphasis is placed on the broad spectrum of shoulder, elbow and knee disorders, as well as exposure to hip arthroscopy and sports related cases of the foot and ankle. Training will be at a sufficiently advanced level to acquire competence as a specialist in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. This is a one year program for individuals who have completed an orthopedic residency and who desire to be exposed to a broad based experience in the care and prevention of injuries to athletes. An unrestricted Florida State medical license and DEA certification is required.

The fellows will work hand-in-hand with fellowship-trained, board-certified sports medicine orthopedic surgeons, part of Miami Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute, who share in the responsibility of care. The fellows will rotate with John W. Uribe, MD, Keith S. Hechtman, MD, John E. Zvijac, MD, Harlan Selesnick, MD and Gautam P. Yagnik, MD. In addition to the office and OR practice, the spectrum of care includes pre-season and post-season physicals, weekly clinics in the athletic training room and game coverage. Faculty also cover local high school and community events.

Patient encounters include competitive athletes at all levels of participation. We provide unique year-round coverage opportunities for a wide variety of high school, collegiate and professional sports teams including:

On a professional level

  • Miami Dolphins (NFL)
  • Miami HEAT (NBA)
  • Florida Panthers and (NHL)
  • Miami FC Soccer

On the collegiate level

  • Florida International University Football (NCAA Division I)
  • Florida International University Athletics

On the high school level

  • Miami-Dade County Public High Schools Athletics

The Miami Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute is also the official sports medicine provider for:

  • The Miami Marathon and Half Marathon
  • Miami Open Tennis
  • Orange Bowl
  • Miami Beach Bowl

Application Requirements

The Doctors Hospital/UHZ Sports Medicine Institute Fellowship Program participates in the San Francisco Match program. The deadline for application is November 1. Further information regarding the application process can be obtained through their website http://www.sfmatch.org.

All applicants must be a graduate of a United States ACGME-accredited orthopaedic residency program, be board-eligible and qualify for an unrestricted Florida medical license. Visa applicants are not accepted at this time.

Applications should be received 19 months prior to the start of their fellowship and interviews are conducted in January, February or March of the ensuing year. A great deal of emphasis will be placed on the interviews. Each applicant will be interviewed by the full-time faculty and have general sessions with current fellows. Applicants will be ranked and then submitted to the San Francisco Match, which will be in compliance with the recruitment and selection policies.

Curriculum Summary

The Fellows will work on a one-to-one basis with the attending staff and will be exposed to over 7OO cases during the training period, of which 75% are arthroscopic or arthroscopically assisted. All fellows are expected to participate in ongoing clinical or basic research projects. A half-day per week will be set aside for research. Research facilities include an arthroscopy lab with cadaver specimens and local accessibility to the MARC Institute’s surgical training center. These are unique features that can be utilized within the fellowship as well as vast opportunity and support for research studies.

During the year, each fellow will evaluate patients with sports-related injuries in an acute setting, in the training room as well as on the field. The fellow also evaluates patients in the office to develop and carry out appropriate treatment plans. Surgical interventions emphasize arthroscopic and open ligamentous reconstruction and soft tissue repair of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle. The latest surgical techniques are utilized.

Didactic sessions include weekly participation in the conference series, which are held every Tuesday and Friday and a monthly journal club. Emphasis is placed on current concepts and techniques in sports medicine, radiology and physical therapy. The fellows are expected to present at the Conference Series throughout the year.

The program includes an academic affiliation with Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Fellow will participate in the musculoskeletal didactic curriculum for the medical students.

Curriculum Block Schedule

Fellow 1 (6 month Rotation)
Day A.M. P.M.
Monday Operating Room Operating Room
Tuesday Didactics (weekly) Clinic Clinic
Wednesday Operating Room Operating Room
Journal Club (once each month)
Thursday Clinic Clinic
Miami Dolphins home/away game coverage (as needed)
Friday M&M (once a quarter)
Research at Doctors Hospital
Miami Dolphins home/away game coverage (as needed)
Saturday Off Miami Dolphins home/away game coverage (as needed)
Sunday Off Miami Dolphins home/away game coverage (as needed)

Fellow 2 (6 month Rotation)
Day A.M. P.M.
Monday Clinic Clinic
Miami HEAT home game coverage (as needed)
Tuesday Didactics (weekly)
Operating Room
Operating Room
FIU Training Room
Miami HEAT home game coverage (as needed)
Wednesday Operating Room Research at Doctors Hospital
Journal Club (once each month)
Miami HEAT home game coverage (as needed)
Thursday Clinic Clinic
Miami HEAT home game coverage (as needed)
Friday M&M (once a quarter)
Operating Room
Operating Room
FIU Football home/away game coverage (as needed)
Miami HEAT home game coverage (as needed)
Saturday Off FIU Football home/away game coverage (as needed)
Sunday FIU Post Football Training Room (as needed) Off

NHL Florida Panthers and FIU Soccer/Basketball home game coverage is not a requirement but is available.


Alex Rothfeld, MD

Alex Rothfeld, MD
Chicago Medical School

William Davis, MD

William Davis, MD
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Program Director

John W. Uribe, M.D.

Program Coordinator

Maria Claudia Corradine

Phone: (786) 308-2152
Fax: (786) 533-9829

Is this program accredited?

Yes, by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

How many residents/fellows are accepted per year?


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