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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.

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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. Sports medicine tracks often come in the form of a fellowship; graduate degree programs in related fields, such as movement science, are available.

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10 Schools with a Sports Medicine Program

These ten schools offer either sports medicine fellowships as part of a Doctor of Medicine program or graduate degrees in related fields, such as rehabilitation science or movement science:

College/University Location Institution Type Program Offered Graduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, public Master's, PhD, certificate In-state: $20,638
Out-of-state $41,688
University of Washington Seattle, WA 4-year, public Fellowship In-state: $15,207
Out-of-state: $27,255
University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 4-year, public Fellowship In-state: $11,220
Out-of-state: $26,322
University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, public Master's, PhD In-state: $21,260
Out-of-state: $34,944
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 4-year, public Fellowship In-state: $13,026
Out-of-state: $33,812
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, private not-for-profit Fellowship $45,729
Emory University Atlanta, GA 4-year, private not-for-profit Fellowship $38,800
University of Rochester Rochester, NY 4-year, private not-for-profit Fellowship $35,568
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC 4-year, private not-for-profit Fellowship $36,420
Rush University Chicago, IL 4-year, private not-for-profit Fellowship $32,608

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Choosing a sports medicine fellowship depends largely on the type of sports medicine career a medical graduate seeks. Prospective sports medicine graduate students should consider the following:

  • Two sports medicine fellowship options are available - surgical sports medicine, which is designed for orthopedic surgeons entering the field, and non-surgical primary care sports medicine which is for medical graduates who have completed a 3-year residency in family, internal, rehabilitation, pediatric or emergency medicine.
  • 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.

When choosing a school at which to complete a sports medicine fellowship or related degree, students should consider which sub-area of sports medicine they're most interested in, whether or not their residency training will be fostered and if they'll have proper experiential learning.

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