The SPRI Sports Medicine Fellowship Program is a one year Knee, Shoulder and Hip Sports Medicine Fellowship.  The fellows participate in a rotational schedule that allows each physician to garner experience in a variety of orthopaedic sports medicine specialties.  The twelve months of sports medicine training consist of seeing patients in the Clinic, assisting in surgery, and covering team sporting events for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams and local high schools.  The Steadman Clinic physicians who participate in the fellowship program perform approximately 2,500 surgeries per year.  The Clinic serves recreational and elite athletes and patients from the Vail Valley, across the United States, and around the world.  In the winter there are a fair number of skiing-related injuries that account for most of the trauma call.
 
Goals of program
The goals of the sports medicine fellowship program are to educate the new generation of sports medicine physicians who are leaders in clinical care, research and education. 
 
Training Institutions 
The fellows are exposed to elective sports medicine surgeries that are performed in the outpatient surgery center located at the Vail Valley Medical Center and the Vail Valley Surgery Centers in Vail and Edwards, CO. The fellows see patients in the sports medicine attending clinics of Drs. Philippon, Millett, Hackett, LaPrade and Provencher located at The Steadman Clinic inside the Vail Valley Medical Center building as well as the clinics located in Frisco and Edwards, CO.  
 
Research Projects
Each fellow should complete one original research project that is suitable for publication in a peer reviewed journal prior to completion of the fellowship. These findings are also presented at the end of the year at the Scientific Advisory Committee meeting. 
 
The Steadman Philippon Research Institute, located in the Vail Valley Medical Center, is a non-profit sports medicine research institute.  During the year, our fellows have a chance to be involved with research, educational programs, and a multitude of other projects taking place at our research facility.  The Institute includes a Biomedical Engineering Research Department which is equipped with motion analysis, EMG equipment, dual plane fluoroscopy, KUKA 6-Degree of Freedom Robot, and an Instron Axial Torsion Tester.  Research in the Biomedical Department is focused on human movement with respect to rehabilitation, pre- and post-surgery, and sports performance.  The Institute also has a state-of-the-art Surgical Skills Laboratory that provides a complete simulated operating room environment with up to 10 arthroscopy training stations, which is used regularly by the fellows for basic science projects, perfection of arthroscopic surgical techniques, and general dissection.  The Center for Outcomes-Based Orthopaedic Research is dedicated to conducting outcomes research and to providing clinical research support to our fellows.
 
Educational Components – The educational parts of the fellowship are Monday Conferences, Journal Club, Skills Lab, Evening Lectures, local faculty run courses, and traveling fellowships.
 
Salary, Vacations & Meetings 
The fellowship offers a competitive annual salary plus medical benefits.  The coverage includes medical, dental and vision insurance.  Housing in Vail is expensive and can be difficult to find.  We do our best, however, to help our fellows find housing for their year here.    
 
Application Process (SF Match)
Our program participates in the orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship match.  Please visit www.sfmatch.org to apply.  
 
 
Contact Information for Sports Medicine Fellowship program  
Kelly Stoycheff
Steadman Philippon Research Institute
Fellowship & Education Programs Manager
Ph 970-479-5782 | Fax 970-479-9753 
Kelly.stoycheff@sprivail.org