Volker Musahl, MD
Craig S. Mauro, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
The fellowship provides learning experiences in state of the art medical and sports performance facilities from a dynamic sports medicine team led by world renowned orthopaedic surgeons. The four pillars of the fellowship program are the clinical rotations, didactic program, sports medicine coverage, and research. Please find below a summary of a year in our fellowship program.
The fellowship year is divided into 5 rotations. Each fellow is scheduled with two attendings on each rotation, with time spent in each attending’s operating room and clinic. The goal of this schedule is to provide mentoring by having focused time with these attendings, but also to expose the fellow to the breadth and depth of knee, shoulder, hip, elbow, and general orthopaedic sports medicine care that the program offers. Fellows are also given protected training time in the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program.
Wednesday morning academic conference is the cornerstone of the didactic curriculum. This multidisciplinary conference covers all major topics in sports medicine in a defined year-long syllabus; which addresses surgical techniques, non-operative sports medicine, basic sciences, MRI, rehabilitation, and event coverage. The orthopaedic or primary care sports medicine fellow is responsible for leading the conference on a rotating basis. The primary responsibility of the fellow is to present a case, provide the current literature, and to facilitate discussion on the topic. This conference is widely attended by departmental orthopaedic and primary care sports medicine faculty, residents, medical students, radiologists, physical therapists, and athletic trainers, providing a tremendous forum for discussion.
Fellows have a Psychomotor Skills Lab with a faculty member each Monday at the South Side Hospital Wet Lab. During these labs, fellows receive hands on experience with a complete range of arthroscopic and open techniques, and surgical implants.
Other conferences include Orthopaedic Grand Rounds (when there is a Sports Medicine visiting professor), monthly MRI/indications conference lead by the musculoskeletal radiology faculty, Sports Medicine M&M conference, and journal clubs.
Research is an important component of the UPMC Sports Medicine Fellowship. Each fellow is expected to actively participate in at least two studies during the fellowship year with at least one of the projects resulting in the submission of a peer-reviewed abstract and manuscript. A research meeting is held every four weeks to review the status of each project, as well as to introduce new project ideas. A Fellows’ Research Day with an invited visiting professor is held at the end of the academic year. Each fellow presents his/her study and a “Best Research Paper” is awarded.
Under the direction of James Irrgang, PhD, Director of Clinical Research for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, fellows receive didactic sessions on topics related to research design, data management and security, data analysis and sample size determination. Dr. Irrgang and his team support the fellows through the year with research mentoring, data collection, IRB management, and statistical analysis. Quality improvement projects, which may be identified and performed by the fellows, are encouraged and supported.
UPMC Sports Medicine provides team coverage to more than 60 area professional, college, and high school sports teams. Fellows are involved in the care of following teams through training rooms and game coverage:
- University of Pittsburgh Athletics: Football, Men and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Softball, Baseball
- Duquesne University: Football, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Lacrosse
- Carnegie Mellon University: Football
- Robert Morris University: Football, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Hockey
- NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers
- NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins
Fellows are encouraged to attend 6-8 courses/conferences each year. Courses typically attended include:
- AAOS, AOSSM, AANA Annual Meetings
- AOSSM Fellows Course
- AOSSM Advanced Team Physician Course
- AAOS/AOSSM/AANA Sports Medicine Course
- Specialty Cartilage Course
- Industry Sponsored Fellowship Forum
- Industry Sponsored Sports Medicine Course
- Industry Sponsored Specialty Course
Thank you for your interest in the UPMC Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program through the University of Pittsburgh. Each year we offer 5 PGY-6 positions through the San Francisco Match. For the 2019-2020 interview season we have one interview date. Our interview date is Saturday, January 6, 2018. Applicants are required to complete the Central Application Service (CAS) through the San Francisco Match.
Applicants are required to have the following documents in order to apply to the program:
Applicants must be eligible for Board Certification in Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)
- Completion of an accredited Orthopaedic Surgery Residency ACGME or RCPSC accredited
- Complete and submit CAS application form (online) through San Francisco Match
- USMLE transcripts (Steps 1, 2, and 3) or equivalent score reports
- Four letters of reference. (One letter should be from your Residency Training Program Director.)
- Updated Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) (specified format)
- USMLE Transcript
- ECFMG Certificate (applicable to International Graduates)
- Prior Residency Completion Certificate or transcripts
- Foreign Specialty Program Certificate or transcripts
Interviews are by invitation only and are required for acceptance to our program. Applicants who are granted an interview will be invited through the San Francisco Match. There are a limited number of interview spaces available.