Sports Medicine Fellowship

Fellowship Description

This program is based out of the University of Illinois – College of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. The Program Director is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The fellow rotates with three sports medicine physiatrists, one sports medicine orthopedist (Dr. Mark Hutchinson- Team USA Olympic team physician), and two sports medicine family medicine doctors for a wide breadth of experience.

Highlights of this fellow-focused program include hands-on Division 1 sports coverage and training room at UIC, extensive diagnostic and interventional ultrasound exposure, prolotherapy, PRP, Chicago Marathon coverage, and professional volleyball coverage. We have a close relationship with the sports physical therapy residency at UIC.

Our main clinic is housed in the UIC athlete practice center, facilitating easy communication between athletes, trainers, and physicians.

This program is academically supported by the Department of Family Medicine and funded by the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

Significant skills training include: dedicated time for diagnostic radiology and ultrasound, including ultrasound guided injections and prolotherapy, casting & splinting, and suturing.

There are two didactic sessions a week, one a multidisciplinary sports medicine lecture, the other to prepare for the requirements of the sports medicine subspecialty examination.

The Advocate Medical Group Sports Medicine in Park Ridge is our affiliated program with Philip Skiba, DO Director with research interest in performance exercise science and cardiac testing, as well as Kayleigh Suhs DO. High school football medical event coverage is included through this program, as well as Oakton Community College. Our fellow spends one day a week with Advocate for exposure for these opportunities.

The fellowship includes funding and support toward presentation at a major conference. Publication is mentored and encouraged.

Didactics highlights include combined monthly Sports Medicine/Sports Physical Therapy journal club (involving sports physicians, sports physical therapists, fellow, and sports physical therapy resident), weekly sports medicine didactics (including journal club or boards-focused lectures), and lectures given to physical medicine and rehabilitation, family medicine, orthopedic, and pediatric residents.

Ideal fellows are team-players, driven, exhibit a growth mindset, and have ambitious aspirations.


1 year

ACGME Accredited



Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, ER, Pediatrics, Med/Peds.

Application Instructions

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Program Director

Ankur Verma, DO

Associate Program Director

Terry Nicola, MD

Program contact should be


UIC Sports Medicine Center Flames Athletic Center
839 W Roosevelt Rd., Ste 102
Chicago, Illinois 60608




(312) 355-4404


(312) 413-7337


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