The Orthopedic Sports Medicine fellowship program was founded by UHZ Sports Medicine Institute and currently operates within Baptist Health Orthopedic Care and Doctors Hospital. The goal of this one-year fellowship program is to provide a concentrated educational experience in the field of sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery.

Fellows will receive advanced training in orthopedic sports medicine & arthroscopic surgery and will be exposed to a broad spectrum of shoulder, elbow and knee disorders. Training will also include exposure to hip arthroscopy and sports-related foot and ankle cases. Fellows will be active in the operating room performing a wide variety of open and arthroscopic procedures including complex knee and shoulder revisions, multi-ligament knee injuries and shoulder arthroplasty. Our fellows perform a robust number of procedures and on average, log between 550 to 600 surgical cases every year.

Outside of the operating room, fellows care for a wide variety of patients and work hand-in-hand with the fellowship-trained, board-certified sports medicine orthopedic surgeons from Baptist Health Orthopedic Care. Fellows will evaluate patients in our state-of-the-art sports medicine center where they diagnose injuries and formulate treatment plans.

In addition to community patients, fellows will care for athletes of all levels. Our program provides unique year-round sports medicine coverage for 36 Miami-Dade County High Schools as well three universities: Florida International University, Barry University and St. Thomas University. Care includes pre and post-season physicals, weekly clinics in the athletic training room and game coverage. Fellows will also participate in the care of several major professional sports teams including Miami Dolphins (NFL), Miami HEAT (NBA), Florida Panthers (NHL), Inter Miami (MLS), and Miami FC (USL). We are also the official sports medicine provider for high-profile sporting events that include The Miami Marathon & Half Marathon, Miami Triathlon, Miami Open Tennis Tournament, and the Orange Bowl.

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
  • Miami Beach Bowl

    Additionally, participation in ongoing clinical and basic science research projects is encouraged and protected time for these scholarly activities is built into the weekly schedule. The Institute provides a dedicated research staff that is available to assist on all projects. Didactic sessions include a weekly sports medicine conference covering a broad range of topics from basic science to pathophysiology to the latest surgical advancements. Fellows will also participate in a monthly journal club, M&M, 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.

    During clinic, faculty and fellows are supported by allied health professionals including a dedicated surgical coordinator, physician assistants, certified athletic trainers, medical assistants, and X-ray techs. Within the practice, there are also doctoral level personnel, certified clinical research coordinators and volunteers who support the fellows with their research duties.

    The mission of the program is to provide an intellectually stimulating and challenging clinical, surgical and research environment in order to develop orthopedic sports medicine surgeons who will be 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

    2 Fellows each academic year

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    People Faculty Fellows
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      graduation rate
    • 1988

    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.

    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.

    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.
    Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

    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.

    Application Timeline

    • Where do applicants go to apply?
      The San Francisco Match
    • When are applications accepted? August 1 to November 1 
    • 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 in both the ambulatory surgical center and in the hospital operating room. Doctors Hospital, the sponsoring institution, has recently opened a new state of the art Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) located on the fourth floor of the Medical Arts Building that is fully dedicated to orthopedic procedures. 4,500 square feet of one of the world’s most advanced and efficient operating room suites. Two of the four operating rooms have windows for viewing capabilities and student observations. Fully integrated, live operating room viewing capabilities exist throughout the building.

      In the hospital there are ten large surgical suites outfitted with the latest orthopedic surgery capital equipment. A dedicated orthopedic inpatient ward provides patients requiring an overnight stay exceptional orthopedic care in private rooms. On the floor, an orthopedic nurse practitioner (Monday through Friday) as well as an array of ancillary staff that includes physical and occupational therapists support fellows. The inpatient unit also utilizes CERNER as the EMR to allow for continuity of care between the outpatient office and the inpatient setting.

    • Fellows will spend between one and a half days in clinic evaluating patients with musculoskeletal injuries. Fellows will evaluate patients prior to surgery and follow them throughout their post-op care. 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. Physician offices includes a dedicated Fellow’s Office. 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.

    • 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.

    • Fellows provide sideline coverage at a variety of sporting events. On the high school level, our institution takes care of the 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 and St. Thomas University. On the professional level, fellows have the opportunity to provide coverage for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, NBA’s Miami HEAT, NHL’s Florida Panthers and the MLS’ Inter Miami CF. Fellows also provide sideline care for other seasonal sporting events like the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon, Orange Bowl, Miami Beach Bowl, and Miami Open.

    • 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 primary purpose of Rehabilitation Services is to provide assessment, therapeutic treatment and education to each patient and their family members. The rehabilitation plan is designed to promote health, restore function and improve overall life-style. Fellows collaborate directly with physical therapists and ATC’s.

    • 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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