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Welcome and thank you for your interest in our program
The DMC Primary Care Sport Medicine fellowship program strives to provide a comprehensive 1 year curriculum enabling fellows to learn skills in primary care sports medicine focused on sports medicine injuries, procedures and rehabilitation in the clinical setting.
We feel this is best produced implementing a multi-specialty team of faculty and staff. Involving primary care sports faculty, orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers, radiologists and experts from our core specialties; Emergency medicine, family medicine, PM&R, pediatrics and internal medicine. With this team based approach our goal is to produce outstanding fellows who will become local and national leaders in the sports medicine field.
Additional information regarding all aspects of our program can be found by clicking on the links throughout the section.
Attend weekly academic (grand rounds) lectures and present 6-8 topics at lectures each year
Attend Sports Medicine Visiting Lecturer Series - 2nd Wednesday of the month
Attend Sports Medicine Journal Club – 1st Wednesday of the month
Fellows attend Detroit Regional Sports Medicine Symposium and present research findings
Attend American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Annual Meeting (March)
Attend American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Fellows Research & Leadership Conference (July)
Attend & participate in the DMC Graduate Medical Education and Department of Quality and Safety; GME QuESST Research Day Poster Competition
Fellows attend ultrasound training courses
Each Sports Medicine Fellow will have the opportunity to present academic lectures at weekly fellow conferences, as well as case presentations at the monthly DMC Sports Medicine Visiting Lecture Series. There are also monthly Journal Clubs that are required for fellows to attend. Fellows attend and present their research findings at the Annual Detroit Regional Sports Medicine Symposium.
Regional and National Conferences
Sports Medicine Fellows will have the opportunity to attend the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Annual Meeting and Fellows Research & Leadership Conference. Fellows also receive an educational stipend that can be used towards attending a Team Physician Course or Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course selected with program director approval.
Annual Detroit Regional Sports Medicine Symposium
All Sports Medicine Fellows present their research findings and attend this two-day event in July hosting speakers from the Metro Detroit area and national Keynote Speakers. All DMC Sports Medicine Fellowship alumni, current fellows, and incoming fellows are invited as a way for fellows to stay connected with each other and the Program.
Our program is divided into 12 one month rotations including: Primary Care Sports Medicine (2 Months), Orthopaedic Surgery (2 Months), Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Radiology, Physical Therapy & Sports Performance, Pediatric Sports Medicine, Foot and Ankle, Hand and Wrist, Spine and Exercise Performance and elective options.
Primary Care Sports Medicine
Two one-month rotations expose the fellow to a high volume of patients in primary care sports medicine. These rotations are based out of the DMC Sports Medicine clinics. Fellow will be exposed to patients of all ages and backgrounds across the Metro Detroit area. The faculty will provide the fellows the opportunity to perform physical exams, special tests, diagnostic and therapeutic injections, and other non-operative modalities.
Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine
Two one-month rotations with our sports medicine trained orthopaedic surgeons. These rotations will provide the fellow with exposure to operative sports medicine, including the decision making process of when surgical intervention is necessary. Proper history and physical exam techniques specific to sports medicine are taught and evaluated. Team coverage mechanics and issues are also discussed.
A one-month rotation with the musculoskeletal ultrasound staff at DMC Orthopedics and Sports Medicine clinics. This rotation will provide the fellow with exposure to diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound of the musculoskeletal system, including exam techniques.
A one-month rotation with the radiology staff at DMC. This rotation provides the fellow with exposure to diagnostic imaging of the musculoskeletal system. Fellow will see a high volume of musculoskeletal radiology, including MRIs, xrays, and CT scans.
Physical Therapy, Sports Performance Academy
This one-month rotation will expose the fellow to a high volume of patients in physical therapy clinics, the DMC Sports Performance Academy, and an orthotics clinic. The faculty will provide the fellows the opportunity to see how physical therapy is utilized and its role in sports medicine injuries. The Sports Performance Academy will give fellows a chance to see advanced training methods and how trainers can develop specific programs with athletes. The orthotics clinic will show fellows the role of orthotics and bracing in sports medicine, including returning athletes to play.
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
A one-month rotation is offered with the pediatric orthopaedic surgeons at DMC Childrens Hospital and DMC Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine clinics. This rotation provides the fellows with exposure to operative pediatric orthopaedics, including the decision making process when surgical intervention is necessary. Proper history and physical exam techniques specific to pediatric patients are taught and evaluated.
Foot & Ankle
A one-month rotation with our foot and ankle physicians is provided at the DMC Orthopedics and Sports Medicine clinics. This rotation offers the fellow exposure to operative foot and ankle surgery, care of non operative foot and ankle injuries, fracture management and diagnosis, including the decision making process when surgical intervention is necessary. Proper history and physical exam techniques are taught and evaluated.
Hand & Wrist
A one-month rotation is offered with our hand and wrist physicians at the DMC Orthopedics and Sports Medicine clinics. This rotation will provide the fellow with exposure to operative hand and wrist surgery, fracture management and diagnosis, including the decision making process when surgical intervention is necessary. Proper history and physical exam techniques are taught and evaluated.
A one-month rotation with orthopaedic spine surgeons and non operative spine physicians to observe and participate in the diagnosis and management of spine injuries and disorders. This rotation provides the fellows with exposure to treating complex trauma and spine injuries. Proper history and physical exam techniques are taught and evaluated.
Program Director Residency: Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Ohio State University Medical Center Fellowship: Sports Medicin, TriHealth Primary Care Sports Medicine, Ohio Specialty: Internal & Pediatric Medicine
Britta Anderson, D.O.
Residency: Family Medicine, St. John Macomb Oakland Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Providence Hospital Specialty: Family Medicine
Sadiq Haque, D.O., FAOASM
Residency: Family Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Genesys Regional Medical Center Specialty: Family Medicine
Ali Makki, M.D.
Residency: Family Medicine, St. Mary Mercy Hospital Fellowship: Sports Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo Specialty: Family Medicine
Nick Moore, M.D.
Residency: Family Medicine, Phoenix Baptist Hospital Fellowship: Sports Medicine, University of Connecticut Specialty: Family Medicine
John Morasso, D.O.
Residency: Family Medicine/OMT, Beaumont Farmington Hills/Michigan State University College Osteopathic Medicine Fellowship: Sports Medicine, DMC Primary Care Sports Medicine Specialty: Family Medicine
Kristy Smith, M.D. Residency: Emergency Medicine, Michigan State University/Synergy Medical Education Alliance Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Each Sports Medicine Fellow is asked to complete one clinical or basic science research project during their tenure working with at least one member of the fellowship faculty. Fellows are also asked to initiate the projects for the following year's fellows. This ensures all fellows participate in 2 research projects during their fellowship. The Program has a dedicated research team to assist in completion of the projects.Fellows are also asked to select a case to submit and present at the annual AMSSM meeting. Below is a list of past fellow projects.
Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Past Research Projects
Original Research - "Determining the Force used and Accuracy of Grading Displacement between Physician Groups when Performing the Lachman Exam" Dr. Greene and Dr. Lott worked together on the project. Unfortunately the COVID-19 Pandemic prevented the project from being completed. We appreciate the fellows hard work developing the protocol and methods and setting everything up for our 2020-2021 Fellows to step in and complete the project.
Both Fellows also submitted a case presentation to the Annual AMSSM meeting and were accepted - one for a podium presentation and one for a poster presentation. The conference was cancelled due to the Pandemic but the fellows attended the virtual conference presenting their cases -
Dr. Lauren Greene -“Bad Luck from a Puck” Poster presentation at the 2020 29th Annual American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Meeting (Virtual Meeting)
Dr. Catherine Lott- "A Salty Case of Knee Pain" Podium presentation at the 2020 29th Annual American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Meeting (Virtual Meeting)
Quality Improvement Project, Dr. Greene & Dr. Lott – "Comparative Analysis of Attending and Fellow/Resident Wellbeing”, Poster Presentation at the 9th Annual DMC QuESST Research Day (Virtual Online Conference; April 22, 2020)
2018 – 2019 Fellows Dr. Traci Ackron – “10 Years of Medial Knee Pain: Not Your Typical Culprit”, “Relationship Hand Size & Injury Professional Baseball Players”
Dr. Gretchen Breckner – “A Painful Hip: An Uncommon Presentation”
Quality Improvement Project – “The Importance of Being Well”,Poster Presentation at the 8th Annual DMC QuESST Research Day (DMC Heart Hospital, Detroit, MI; April 24, 2019)
Ackron T, Kakos B - “10 Years of Medial Knee Pain: Not Your Typical Culprit”, Poster presentation at the 2019, Annual American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Meeting (Houston, TX; April 16, 2019)
Breckner G, Moore N- “A Painful Hip: An Uncommon Presentation”, Poster presentation at the 2019, Annual American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Meeting (Houston, TX; April 16, 2019)
2017 – 2018 Fellows Dr. Mohammad Jondy – "Dysphonia in a Rugby Athlete" Dr. John Morasso – "Atypical Case of Anterior Lateral Knee Pain" & "Atypical Cause of Posterior Hip Pain" Quality Improvement Project – “The Intervention of a Billing Code Specialist in Order to Improve the Accuracy, Efficiency, and Cost Reimbursement of Billing and Coding and Electonic Medical Record Documentation”, Poster Presentation at the 7th Annual DMC QuESST Research Day (DMC Heart Hospital, Detroit, MI; April 25, 2018)
Jondy M, Moore N, Haque S - "Dysphonia in a Rugby Athlete" Poster presentation at the 2018, 27th Annual American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Meeting (Orlando, FL; April 24-29, 2018)
Morasso J, Moore N, Haque S - "Atypical Case of Anterior Lateral Knee Pain" Poster presentation at the 2018, 27th Annual American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Meeting (Orlando, FL; April 24-29, 2018)
Morasso M, Haque S - "Atypical Cause of Posterior Hip Pain" Poster presentation at the 2018, 33rd Annual American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine Clinical Conference (Columbus, OH; May 2-5 2018)
Medical School – Kyunghee University School of Medicine Residency – Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, NY Specialty – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
“I am very thankful for the astounding experiences at this fellowship. I cannot emphasize enough, the length of which this program has met all of my academic needs: diagnostic ultrasound, ultrasound guided injection, Tenex, bioskill labs, orthopedics and musculoskeletal medicine, sideline coverage, fluoroscopy guided spinal injections and so on. All of the attendings are enthusiastic about teaching and being involved in our education. I am very proud to be able to say that I am a part of this program. If I had the opportunity to choose again, I would still choose DMC! ” – Yusik Cho
Nivin Porwal, D.O. Medical School – Nova Southeastern University, FL Residency – Detroit Medicine Center, MI Specialty – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
"I picked this fellowship because of the strong training in diagnostic ultrasound, the multiple event coverage opportunities available, and the multiple different patient populations I would get to treat. I spent a lot of time around the program, as I also did my residency at DMC, so I had the benefit of knowing I enjoyed working with all of the easy-going attendings as well.” " – Nivin Porwal
Sports Medicine Fellows work with faculty physicians covering games for both the
Detroit Tigers (MLB) &
Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
In addition to game coverage, Sports Medicine Fellows also have the opportunity to travel to, and partake in, Spring Training, training camps, and pre-season physicals.
Amateur Team Coverage
All Sports Medicine Fellows will cover their “own” high school team during their year of tenure. Coverage includes pre-participation physicals, game coverage, and other event coverage throughout the year. High school coverage is focused primarily on football games but other sports may be covered for the school as well.
In addition to opportunities working with school, club and semi-professional teams, another integral component of DMC Sports Medicine outreach is participation in key athletic events in the city. Some of the key events include:
United Shore Professional Baseball League
Tour de Troit
Detroit Sun, Midwest Pro Combine and other soccer team games, including tournament coverage.
Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle
Community Education Programs
In addition to providing immediate access to physicians and health care services to the schools and clubs, the DMC Sports Medicine team provides schools and clubs with educational programs. Some of these programs, which involve the fellows, include:
Boot Camps - Three-hour sessions in which physicians, therapists and trainers give lectures, exercises, and assessments related to a specific sport.
Pre-participation sports physicals - Our team of physicians and trainers go to schools and provide the required physicals and paperwork necessary for the athlete to participate in their sport.
Pre-season screenings - We screen teams of athletes to assess each athlete’s flexibility, strength, and right to left asymmetries.
Our fellows will be exposed to a variety of treatment modalities and various techniques in which they are applied. All of our fellowship core faculty is fellowship trained and hold certificates of added qualification (CAQ) in sports medicine. Our faculty’s extensive knowledge in sports medicine from different training backgrounds gives our fellows a unique opportunity to see several different approaches/methods when applying our available treatment modalities.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
Intra articular injections; steroid & viscosupplementation
Our fellowship is an ACGME accredited program allowing graduates to sit for the CAQ sports medicine examination.
DMC Sports Medicine Fellowship does not require moonlighting. However if a Fellow would like to moonlight he/she must meet the requirements set forth below.
Fellow education is a full-time endeavor; the Program Director must ensure that moonlighting does not interfere with the ability of the Fellow to achieve the goals and objectives of the educational program.
During the time moonlighting has been approved. The Fellow will not be permitted to exceed moonlighting 3-4 times per month and/or only 1 weekend per month.
The following requirements must be met before a Fellow may schedule moonlighting;
Fellows must hold a permanent Michigan medical license (not an educational limited license), a Michigan CS‐3 (Controlled Substance) pharmacy license and an independent federal DEA number in order to moonlight
Liability coverage for moonlighting activities is NOT provided through DMC-GME.It is the responsibility of the Fellow to ensure that appropriate liability coverage is in place for his/her moonlighting activities
Internal and external moonlighting must be counted toward the 80‐hour weekly limit on duty hours
Additional information for requirements per the GME will be available for any Fellow applying to ensure GME compliance
Clinic Call – home-based call covering all DMC Sports Medicine Clinics (Warren, Farmington, RIM, Dearborn, Troy, West Bloomfield, Novi and Hartland).Fellows cover call for all attending’s that work in the clinics.
A monthly call schedule will be prepared. Fellows are responsible for all taking call for all locations and dates they are scheduled. Vacations and professional travel should be scheduled in advance of the call schedule; once the schedule has been prepared, vacation and other requests for time off will not be granted except in case of emergency. Each fellow will be guaranteed at least one full weekend off per month when they are not responsible for any athletic team coverage or clinical duties.
All fellows will abide by the resident work hours regulations set forth by the ACGME. Work hours will be recorded by the fellows and monitored by the program staff. Any fellow who appears to be tracking towards a higher than 80-hour average will be sent home.
Duty hours are to be tracked on a daily basis within the New Innovations System. This is mandatory and a requirement of the program. Any duty hour violations or scheduling issues must be sent into the program manager and program director immediately to ensure duty hour regulations are met. Fellows that have incomplete duty hour records for a rotation will not be allowed to proceed to their next rotation and will be suspended without pay or be able to take vacation days until all records are complete for the previous rotation. The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship follows the DMC GME and ACGME policies and requirements for duty hours.
The DMC Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program is an Emergency Medicine sponsored program. Not only does our fellowship work closely with both of our Emergency Medicine residency programs, it also works along side with our Orthopaedic Surgery residency program as well as both our Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine Fellowship programs.
Our program participates in the annual NRMP Match with applications submitted through ERAS. If you are interested in applying to the program please register through NRMP and submit your application in the ERAS system. You will be able to search our fellowship on ERAS by going through our sponsoring Emergency Medicine program.
We accept applicants from all 5 specialties eligible to participate in a Sports Medicine Fellowship
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The DMC only accepts J1 visas
Prior to entering our fellowship program, candidates are required to:
successfully complete an approved emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, or PM&R residency at an ACGME or AOA accredited residency
successfully pass USMLE Steps 1, 2 (CK and CS) and 3
-or COMLEX level 1, 2, 3
Current ACLS & BLS
Interviews are held in October or November each year