PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: The student must have completed all M3 Core clerk ships. NOTE: This course is not offered over the Winter/holiday break and during the months of June, July, and August, as UIC athletes are not playing during those months which significantly limits patient volume.

PURPOSE: Sports medicine crosses the barriers of specific disciplines as athletes may suffer problems associated with the musculoskeletal system, nutrition, mental health and motivation, dental problems, or primary care issues. This sports medicine experience allows the student to participate in the care of athletes from an orthopaedic perspective, physical medicine and rehabilitation perspective, nutrition perspective, radiology, and a psychology perspective.

COMPETENCIES: The overall objective of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s sports medicine program is to provide the medical student exposure to injuries and problems encountered by the athletic population. The rotation will introduce the student to the demands of being a team physician, caring for athletes, identifying specific sports-related injuries, and taking an active role as a member of a sports medicine team. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge of sports medicine, including: roles of the sports medicine team, the pre-participation physical examination, common sports injuries, emergent sports injuries, rehabilitation issues, sports psychology, sports nutrition, and medical issues in sports medicine.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES:  Students will spend time in the Sports Medicine, athletic training room seeing patients. Students will attend events with residents or faculty to assist with game coverage. Students will participate with one presentation at weekly sports imaging conference or journal club. Surgical experience on sports medicine cases is optional for those students interested in a surgical field. Education provided by orthopedic surgeon and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation attendings, fellowship trained in sports medicine.
ASSESSMENT: The student’s performance will be evaluated and assessed based upon his/her participation in the aforementioned activities, and on his/her knowledge of the discipline. Each of the attendings and services will have opportunity to provide input to the evaluation. No formal or written test will be given. A mid-term (2 week) discussion of progress will be offered.


Program Number: ELEC 859
Location: UI Health
Program Director: M.Hutchinson, MD
E-mail :
Contact:  Janice Patton
Telephone: 312-996-0223  or 312-996-7161

Duration: 4 Weeks
Night Call: No
Weekends: Yes
Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 1
Housestaff Used as Faculty: No
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 10-12
Laboratory/Independent Study: No
Outpatient: 20
Inpatient: 8
Total Hours /Week: 35-45

REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS:  Students will receive a report email with rotation materials the week prior to their start date (   Rotation begins at 7:00 am on 1st Monday on the rotation with x-ray rounds and Sports Journal Club.  Orthopaedic Classroom, E290, 835 So. Wolcott  Ave.

Updated: 10/06/22