Sports Medicine Fellowship

Welcome to the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Medicine fellowship! Our one-year fellowship trains physicians to become excellent clinicians and academic leaders in sports medicine.  Our program maintains ACGME accreditation and will lead to eligibility for the Certification of Added Qualification (CAQ) exam in Sports Medicine.

The Sports Medicine Fellowship accepts residents from the following programs:

  1.  Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  2.  Pediatrics
  3.  Family Medicine
  4.  Emergency Medicine
  5.   Med-Peds


We emphasize a team approach to sports medicine.  Primary care sports medicine physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals work together, allowing us to utilize all available resources and maximize benefits when treating athletes.  We believe this is the best way to approach sports medicine.


The Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Medicine fellowship is a 1-year clinical fellowship which is designed to provide skills and knowledge needed for ambulatory evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries, exercise-related medical syndromes and concussion.


Fellowship experiences are diverse, encompassing a full range of education, research and training activities.  The schedule is flexible, and fellows spend time in training rooms, clinics, and provide coverage at sporting events for a wide range of sports and athletes: from recreational to adaptive to professional and from youth to masters age.


One fellowship position per year.


The clinical experience in the fellowship is primarily obtained through the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.  The fellowship is accredited through the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.


Karie Zach, MD Program Director

Karie Zach, MD
Program Director

Kevin Walter, MD Associate Director

Kevin Walter MD
Associate Director


The Sports Medicine Fellowship is a one year fellowship in non-operative sports medicine. The fellowship is open to board eligible/board certified graduates of accredited residency programs in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Fellows will receive clinical education necessary to treat a wide variety of sport- and exercise-related injuries and medical conditions.  A major strength of the program is that breadth and depth of experience the fellow will receive.  The fellow will gain experience in all levels of athletics from recreational to professional, as well as adaptive athletics.  The fellow will be exposed to patients of all ages through clinics at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin, and the V.A.  The fellow will also have experience seeing athletes in the training room.

The fellowship curriculum includes both formal didactics and clinical or bedside teaching.  Fellows will learn musculoskeletal ultrasound.  Fellows will gain experience treating acute injuries through prolonged postconcussion syndrome in our multidisciplinary concussion program.  Fellows will learn from board-certified sports orthopaedic surgeons, but also from other orthopaedic surgery subspecialists.  Anatomy lab will be available to fellows.

The fellow will have ample opportunity for sports coverage ranging from mass events, youth athletic tournaments, high school, to college and professional athletic coverage.  Beyond caring for sports teams, the fellow will have opportunities to engage in community education and medical education.  Our faculty is very active with national organizations, which will provide the fellow with opportunities for peer-reviewed publications and presenting at regional and national meetings.

Fellows will have adequate time allowed to engage in academic activities and research, with the expectation of presenting an abstract or clinical case at a national meeting, as well as the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Symposium.

If you have completed residency training in PM&R, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine or  Med-Peds, you are eligible to apply to the program.

Thank you for your interest in our fellowship program.  We look forward to meeting you!

Details & Benefits


1 year (August 1 to July 31)

Stipend (2018-2019)

PGY-III –  $62,140 (based on PGY year – for additional information see Stipends on the “Benefits” link)


MCWAH Terms, Conditions & Benefits of Employment

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Department Benefits

  • Three weeks paid vacation
  • Time and funds for approved conference attendance

NRMP Match

This fellowship participates in the Primary Care Sports Medicine Match sponsored by the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).

How to Apply

Register and submit application through ERAS

Application Deadline

October 1st

Program Summary

  • ACGME accreditation
  • Integrated, multidisciplinary sports medicine education
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasounds
  • Concussion clinic
  • Continuity clinics in all primary specialties to maintain primary skills
  • Athletic event and team coverage at all sport levels and all ages
  • No overnight call

For more information


Tara Fikejs, Program Coordinator, C-TAGME
Telephone: 414-955-3217
Fax: 414-955-0061

Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
Medical College of Wisconsin-HUB
8701 W. Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226