Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship

The University of Connecticut Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship is designed for board-eligible or certified orthopaedic surgeons who wish to specialize in sports medicine.

This Fellowship will train three fellows per year. The fellowship meets all requirements for taking the certificate of additional qualification in the area of orthopaedic sports medicine. Further it is recognized by the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Association of North American as a fully accredited sports medicine fellowship.

The Fellowship is balanced between clinical exposure, research investigation and team coverage. The fellow will have a rich experience in coverage at the collegiate Division I and Division III athletic programs as well as team coverage at the high school level. Clinically the fellow will gain expertise in shoulder, knee, hip, elbow soft tissues injuries, disease, and degenerative problems and will be exposed to complex reconstructive procedures. A complete rotation in pediatric and adolescent sports medicine has been recently added to provide the fellow with one of the most unique orthopaedic sports medicine training experiences in the world.

The fellows will gain expertise in:

  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and biological , capsular augmentation
  • Shoulder arthroplasty
  • Elbow arthroscopy and reconstruction
  • Periarticular knee osteotomy
  • Arthroscopic and arthroscopic – assisted meniscal repair
  • ACL, PCL and multiple ligament knee injury reconstruction
  • Cartilage and meniscal transplantation
  • Hip arthroscopy, labral repair
  • Pediatric and adolescent ACL reconstruction

From a didactic perspective there is weekly sports journal clubs, monthly MRI conferences, morbidity and mortality conferences and three times a year a visiting international or nationally known expert is featured on grand rounds. The fellow is also resourced to attend several major orthopedic meetings per year. These include the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine annual meeting, the New England Shoulder and Elbow meeting, the Boston Shoulder Symposium, the AAOS annual Clinical activities include working with the meeting and the Advanced Team Physician course sponsored by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. In addition there is a fully resourced bioskills lab and biomechanical, histomorphometry lab to assist the fellow in research projects.


Time during each week is also set aside for research and it is hoped that three separate projects will be completed during the fellowship year. These projects are presented at the end of the year at graduation and in an annual Fellow’s Day at West Point Military Academy.

Projects are either clinical or basic science in nature. A newly developed Bioskills Lab is available for lab research projects as well as an Instron machine in the Department’s Biomechanical Lab. Under the direction of Dr. Mazzocca, they have produced several important studies over the past years and are actively pursuing several new topics.

Where Do I Train?

  • UConn Musculoskeletal Institute, UConn Health
  • Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • Orthopaedic Associates of Hartford Surgery Center
  • University of Connecticut Department of Athletics, Storrs, CT

What Else Should I Know?

The fellowship takes place at UConn Health, University of Connecticut main campus in Storrs and the private offices of the fellowship attendings. These clinical activities include the coverage of the University of Connecticut’s Division I programs where the fellow is a primary orthopaedic consultant for the athletes.

The Greater Hartford region and Farmington Valley are family-friendly areas with easy access to parks and rivers for outdoor activities including hiking, canoeing and mountain biking.

Most fellows and their families have found affordable housing within 10 to 15 minutes of UConn Health.

Hartford County is centrally located with good highway access. New York City and Boston are less than two hours away. Connecticut and Rhode Island beaches are even closer.


Qualifications for eligible appointment to the fellowship program:

  1. Graduate of a medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  2. Graduate or colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  3. Graduate of a residency program in the United States or Canada accredited by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
  4. Completion of all 3 steps of the USMLE prior to start of program.

Due to the high volume of applicants to our program we are currently not accepting applications from graduates of medical schools outside the U.S. and Canada.

Selection Criteria

This program selects from among eligible applications based on:

  • Interview
  • Letter of recommendation
  • USMLE scores
  • Prior research/publications

View more information on Eligibility Requirements and Selection.

Application Information

This program participates in the San Francisco Match. For information on application requirements, deadlines, and interview dates, visit www.sfmatch.org.

Interview dates vary each year by region and can be found on the AOSSM website.


UConn Health is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity (AA/EOE) and our Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity training program. We encourage applicants from a wide diversity of backgrounds, ethnicity and we fully support applications from women and under-represented groups.

This program does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, disability or national origin.