Sports Medicine Overview

Sports Medicine fellowship rotations are ongoing throughout the academic year and planned according to scheduled specialty clinics. The following outline of our academic year illustrates instruction and training that fulfills the core competencies of an ACGME accredited Sports Medicine fellowship. At the program conclusion the fellow will have trained and worked with some of the most highly respected experts in specialty fields including sports medicine, orthopaedic surgery, neurology, physical therapy, and electrodiagnostic medicine.

Model Rotation Schedule


  PMR Sports Medicine

12 months



  Sports Medicine

  3 months
  3 months
  3 months
PM-early     PMR Outpatient
  Fluoroscopically Guided Injections
  1 month
11 months
PM-late     High School Athletics 12 months



12 months


  PMR MSK Ultrasound/Procedures

12 months



  PMR Sports Ultrasound

12 months
PM-early     PMR Sports Ultrasound 12 months
PM-late     College Athletics 12 months


  Primary Care Sports Medicine

12 months


  PMR Sports Medicine/Outpatient

12 months

Clinical training is based at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex and the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine. These centers are also training locations for the city’s professional sports teams, Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively. Other outpatient locations include PM&R outpatient clinics and collegiate and high school athletic programs. Several UPMC Department of PMR outpatient clinics provide an environment in which the fellow can further develop competency in the practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation while applying newly acquired expertise in ultrasound guided procedures and diagnostics, spinal injections and other specialized treatments.

The PM&R operations at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex include three exam rooms conveniently located side-by-side with our colleagues in Orthopaedic Surgery providing easy access for collaboration and referrals. An imaging suite is located within the clinic area for same day testing if needed. Furthermore, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services have a facility on the second floor of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, allowing patients to move between a physician's office, imaging center, and physical therapy, all under one roof. This one-stop-shop environment with easy transitions between services has been embraced by patients, and the teamwork within the facility is unique and trend-setting.

The UPMC Center for Sports Medicine is one of the leading sports medicine facilities in the United States. This state-of-the-art facility is on the cutting edge of research and treatment. Fellows will train in outpatient clinics, where PM&R physicians partner with other physician specialists (including radiology, orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine, primary care, and neuropsychology), and work at the same location as physical therapy specialists (including spine, sports, and athletic trainers).

Sports and Spine Clinic is associated with a private practice and the fellow is exposed to a variety of procedures including spinal injections guided fluoroscopically as well as with ultrasound.

The fellow receives hands on training in injury clinics and training rooms at high school and college level athletic departments and when providing medical coverage during competitions/games.

For additional information contact:
Stacey Snead-Peterson, MS
GME Academic Manager

Fellowship Faculty

Education Overview

Kentaro Onishi, DO
Fellowship Director

Sports Medicine Fellowship

SM Fellowship Brochure