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Primary Care/Emergency Medicine Sports Medicine Fellowship

Program director:  Edward Snell, MD
Assistant program director:  Joseph Dougherty, MD
Accreditation:  ACGME
Program length: 1 year (PGY4)
Fellows per year: 2
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About the Program

Sports medicine is an expanding, widely innovative and technologically advanced field of medicine. It involves diagnosing, treating and preventing injuries in sports and in enhancing performance in athletes, as well as treating the “weekend warrior.” Primary-care sports medicine and orthopaedic sports medicine work hand in hand in this field to continue to advance the frontiers of sports medicine. Primary-care sports medicine fellowships are blossoming across the country, producing highly skilled and qualified individuals to meet the ever-expanding need. Our Primary Care/Emergency Medicine Sports Medicine Fellowship Program (PCSM) was established to meet these needs.

Our PCSM fellowship is structured to give residents advanced training in nonoperative orthopaedics, medical issues in athletics, basic and advanced procedures just as injections, ultrasound, and PRP. The PCSM fellows have world-class physicians, athletic trainers, rehabilitation specialists and facilities at their disposal.

Each year is structured into 12 one-month blocks. Each block focuses on a different aspect of sports medicine, with opportunity for electives as well. Some of these blocks include:

  • Primary care sports medicine
  • Orthopaedic sports medicine
  • Foot and ankle
  • Hand and upper extremity
  • Musculoskeletal radiology
  • Pediatric orthopaedics
  • Orthopaedic spine
  • Strength, conditioning and nutrition
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Procedures

In addition, fellows are responsible for covering high school, college and professional athletics. Pre-participation examinations and mass-participation event coverage are required. Each fellow is assigned as the team physician at a local high school. Other required coverage includes:

  • Community College of Allegheny County
  • Pittsburgh Rugby Club
  • The Pittsburgh Great Race
  • Pittsburgh Riverhounds
  • Pittsburgh Pirates (including spring training coverage)
  • Robert Morris University Athletics

Longitudinal experiences include weekly training room coverage and weekly concussion clinics. All fellows are mandated (per ACGME) to have 1/2 days of continuity clinic in their medical field (family medicine, PM&R, ED, etc.). Each fellow attends and participates in weekly sports medicine conferences and didactics.  Journal clubs are held monthly.

Sports medicine fellows learn the most up-to-date bracing, rehabilitation, and diagnostic techniques available. Fellows are trained by world-renowned physicians in stem cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), fat-grafting, and diagnostic ultrasound.

PCSM fellows also are required to initiate or join a research project of their choice. There is ample time given to complete this research throughout the year.

All applications are handled through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and should be received by October 1. The fellowship program will not accept paper applications.  The fellowship application includes the following:

  • Completed application
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcript from your medical school
  • Dean's letter
  • Four letters of recommendation
  • USMLE Board score
  • Photo

If you are a graduate of a foreign medical school, your application must also meet the following requirements:

  • J-1 visa
  • ECFMG certified prior to any interview

Once the application is received, our staff reviews the application and applies specific criteria to determine which applicants are offered interviews.

Year Fellow
2012 - 2013 Melissa Leber, MD
2012 - 2013 Aaron Orlosky, DO
2011 - 2012 Joseph Dougherty, MD
2011 - 2012 Sandra Montes, MD
2010 - 2011 Stacey Brown-Brocklehurst, MD
2010 - 2011 Luis Gandara, MD
2009 - 2010 Jacob DiCesare, DO
2009 - 2010 Fernando Manalac, MD
2008 - 2009 Todd Franco, DO
2008 - 2009 Fabian Morales, MD
2007 - 2008 Mary Gendy, MD
2007 - 2008 Syed Naseeruddin, MD
2006 - 2007 Keyur Ajbani, MD
2006 - 2007 John Plosay, MD
2005 - 2006 Neha  Raukar
2005 - 2006 Cathleen McGonigle, DO
2004 - 2005 Malik Ahshe, MD
2004 - 2005 Moira Davenport, MD
2003 - 2004 Kadisha Rapp, MD
2002 - 2003 Brian Mudry, DO
2001 - 2002 Kevin Messner, MD
2000 - 2001 David Crane, MD
1999 - 2000 Michael Sandhu, DO
1998 - 1999 Suzanne Kause, MD

Edward Snell, MD, Program Director
Mailing address:
     1307 Federal Street
     Federal North Building, 2nd Floor
     Pittsburgh PA 15212
Telephone:  877.660.6777


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