PM&R Sports Medicine


We emphasize a team approach to sports medicine. PM&R physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists, trainers, and others work together, allowing us to utilize available resources and maximize benefits when treating athletes. We believe this is the best way to approach sports medicine.


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


Fellowship experiences are diverse, encompassing a full range of education, research, and training activities. The schedule is flexible, and fellows spend time in training room, clinics, and sporting events providing coverage for a wide range of sports and athletes at many levels from recreational to professional.


One fellowship position per year.


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Surgery


Karie Zach, MD Program Director

Karie Zach, MD
Program Director

Kevin Walter, MD Associate Director

Kevin Walter MD
Associate Director

Carole Vetter, MD

Carole Vetter MD

Kenneth Lee, MD

Kenneth Lee MD

Demetrios Douros, MD

Demetrios Douros MD


The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Sports Medicine Fellowship is a one year fellowship in nonoperative sports medicine. The fellowship is open to board eligible graduates of accredited Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency programs as well as accredited programs in Family Medicine, Emergency-Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics. Time and adequate support services will be available for research activities related to sports medicine. The majority of the fellowship will be spent in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of sports related injuries and medical conditions. An optional focus will be unique issues that affect the female athlete, although all aspects of general sports medicine will be encountered (i.e. exercise physiology, nutrition, sports psychology, cardiology and electrodiagnostic medicine). Patients will be seen in the Sports Medicine Center. One day per week will be protected for research. The fellow will assist in training room and team event coverage at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School and LaFleur’s Gymnastics. The fellow will be involved in clinical program development and community education on various topics related to sports medicine.

A portion of the fellow’s time will be devoted to collaborative clinical research in the area of sports medicine in conjunction with the Cardiovascular Center. The fellow will be expected to present an abstract or clinical case study at the annual American College of Sports Medicine meeting or American Medical Society for Sports Medicine meeting. In addition, the fellow is required to present at the Orthopaedic Research Day and PM&R Research Day. The fellow will be involved in study design, IRB approval, data collection, manuscript writing, data entry and analysis.

Core Rotations:

  • Anatomy lab
  • Physical therapy
  • Primary care sports medicine
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Ultrasound

Core Experiences:

  • Training room clinics
  • College team physician
  • High school team physician
  • Professional sports assistant team physician
  • Academics:
    • Research/publications
    • Patient Safety/Quality Improvement Project
    • Lectures/presentations

Sporting Event Coverage:

  • Recreational
  • High school
  • College
  • Professional
  • Private Club
  • Adaptive

Electives Include:

  • Adolescent medicine
  • International sports coverage
  • Nutrition

Call – None. However, sporting event coverage and training room clinics may require evening and weekend hours.

Details & Benefits


1 year (August 1 to July 31)


$67,690 (2017-2018)


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Department Benefits

  • Up to four 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
  • Anatomy laboratories
  • Integrated, multidisciplinary sports as instructors
  • No call
  • Opportunity for exposure to coverage at professional sports level
  • Continuity clinics to maintain primary skills

For more information


Tara Fikejs, Program Coordinator
Telephone: 414-805-7433
Fax: 414-805-7499

PM&R Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
Medical College of Wisconsin
9200 W Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226