Sports Medicine Fellowship

About the Fellowship

As a growing number of children, adolescents, and adults make higher physical demands on their bodies, more primary care specialists are looking to gain additional training to comprehensively treat patients living an active lifestyle. Recognizing this need, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) has partnered with renowned sports medicine teams at Santa Monica Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group and Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, both part of the Kerlan-Jobe Institute, a Cedars-Sinai affiliate, to launch the CHLA Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at CHLA is designed to provide a comprehensive skill set to develop clinical acumen for sports-related injuries and exercise medicine, academic experience with research, and medical education and leadership development. Sports medicine proficiency will be gained by participation in a rotation through the highest-caliber sports medicine clinics including CHLA Children’s Orthopaedic Center, Santa Monica Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group, and Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.

Through clinical training, Fellows will gain invaluable team physician experience across multiple levels of team sports including high school athletics, university athletics, and professional sports as well as experience in mass participation events. Notable partners for this experience include:

  • Los Angeles Sparks
  • Los Angeles Galaxy
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Chivas USA
  • Pepperdine University
  • Loyola Marymount University

The faculty supporting clinical training has a diverse background in Primary Care Sports Medicine, Orthopedics, Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine. Additionally, Fellows will have a rare opportunity to participate in highly specialized rotations that will include Orthobiologics and Sports Neurology.

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  • Program Fast Facts

The Sports Medicine program at the Children’s Orthopaedic Center (COC) of Children's Hospital Los Angeles is the only pediatric sports medicine facility in Southern California. Our team provides evaluation, treatment and follow-up care, including rehabilitation, to meet the special needs of growing children of all athletic abilities and skill levels. We offer some of the latest procedures, such as arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgeries, to help kids play to the best of their ability. Additionally, the COC houses the John C. Wilson Jr. Motion and Sports Assessment Laboratory. One of only two such labs in Southern California, it calls on today’s most advanced assessment tools to help athletes prevent injury and improve performance. The Sports Medicine program is also the home of the Sports Concussion Clinic, which offers a multidisciplinary team, focused solely on sports-related concussion assessment and treatment.

In addition to orthopedic surgeons and primary care sports medicine physicians, all of whom are also academic faculty at USC, the team at CHLA includes certified athletic trainers, behavioral scientists, clinical imaging staff, pharmacologists, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, and physical therapists.  Futhermore, our partnerships with the Kerlan-Jobe Institute and Primary Care Sports Medicine Group strengthen the diversity of the program; allowing Fellows to gain experience across varied environments, situations, and specialties.

Multiple departments and faculty support the clinical portion of the Sports Medicine Fellowship providing diverse experience across various applications of Primary Sports Medicine.

Clincial Time with Primary Care and Orthopaedic Surgeons

A variety of experience in clinical time with physicians and orthopedic surgeons will enable Fellows to gain hands-on experience with injections, ultrasound and other procedures in addition to honing skills for a wide range of medical and musculoskeletal injuries including fractures, overuse injuries, concussion and much, much, more.

Children’s Orthopaedic Center for Sports Medicine, Los Angeles
Experience: Clinical time with primary care sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons.

Santa Monica Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group, Santa Monica
Experience: Clinical time with orthopedic surgeons.

Primary Care Sports Medicine Group, Encino
Experience: Perform procedures at the Primary Care Sports Medicine Group. Enables Fellows to gain experience with children and adults from the most amateur athlete to the professional.

Team Physician and Mass Participation Sporting Events

Fellows will work with athletes in various training rooms with different level athletes throughout the year. Additionally, Fellows will participate in the care of athletes in mass participation events.

High School Training Room (Each fellow will work primarily with one high school)
Timing: 1 half-day per week and game coverage
Experience: Clinical time in a high school training room.

Pepperdine University Training Room, Malibu
Timing: 1-2 half-days per week
Experience: Clinical time in a college training room under the supervision of Dr. Gary Green.

MLS Training Room, Carson
Timing: 1 half-day per week
Experience: Clinical time in a professional training room (Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA)

Mammoth Mountain Ski Clinic
Timing: 2-week rotation in February
Experience: Clinical time in a slope-side clinic / Emergency Department to learn immediate assessment and treatment strategies.

Tour of California Bike Race
Timing: Variable
Experience: Learn advanced planning and same-day medical provision for mass participation sporting events.


Research time will also be allotted for at least 1 half-day to 1 day each week. Fellows will be encouraged to join in many of the great projects currently underway but may also consider pursuing unique research interests.

The CHLA Primary Sports Medicine Fellowship Program is a part of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Our program takes applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and accepts applicants from Pediatrics, Family Practice, Internal Medicine and Med-Peds. If you are interested in applying for our Fellowship program, you will need to apply through the ERAS application process.

AGME Accredited: Yes
Fellows per year: 2
Duration: 1 year
Salary Minimums:  
Post Graduate Year 4: $71,550 minimum
Post Graduate Year 5: $73,150 minimum
Post Graduate Year 6: $74,900 minimum
Post Graduate Year 7+: Compensation will be at the discretion of each division
Benefits Include: Health and dental insurance, 14 days paid vacation+ 6 protected sick days, yearly educational stipend, monthly meal stipend, and 401(k) matching up to 3%

Children's Hospital Los Angeles is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our Program follows the recruitment guidelines of the NRMP Pediatric Primary Sports Medicine match.