Sports Medicine Graduate Schools in the U.S.

Medical doctors interested in treating athletes or individuals with musculoskeletal injuries typically apply to 1-year sports medicine fellowships after completing their residencies. Once admitted, fellows can choose between primary care sports medicine and surgical sports medicine.

How to Choose a Sports Medicine Graduate School

There are no designated sports medicine graduate schools that confer degrees in the field. Sports medicine is a medical subspecialty that is pursued by medical doctors once they have earned their Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and completed a residency training program.

Choosing a sports medicine fellowship depends largely on the type of sports medicine career a medical graduate seeks. Two fellowship options are available - surgical sports medicine and non-surgical primary care sports medicine. The surgical option is designed for orthopedic surgeons who want to enter the field of sports medicine. Primary care sports medicine is for medical graduates who have completed a 3-year residency in family, internal, rehabilitation, pediatric or emergency medicine.

Prospective sports medicine graduate students should consider the following:

  • Look for programs that complement your medical residency training and build upon your specialty.
  • Consult with your program of choice to ensure that they will have opportunities to gain hands-on experience relevant to your field.

10 Schools with a Sports Medicine Program

College/University Institution Type
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 4-year, public
University of Washington 4-year, public
University of California - Los Angeles 4-year, public
University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus 4-year, public
University of Connecticut 4-year, public
Stanford University 4-year, private not-for-profit
Emory University 4-year, private not-for-profit
University of Rochester 4-year, private not-for-profit
Wake Forest University 4-year, private not-for-profit
Rush University 4-year, private not-for-profit

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