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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the home of the 2022 Champion Women’s Lacrosse Team and 2009 NCAA Champion Men’s Basketball, Women’s Soccer, and Field Hockey Teams. Along with a strong athletic program, this university has the distinction of being the nation’s first state university. Our commitment to academic achievement, reputation for excellence in medicine, and quality athletic programs have culminated in the addition of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. Our goal is for the primary care physician to gain expertise in musculoskeletal care and sports medicine. This fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and is in the Department of Family Medicine.


The UNC Primary Care Sports Medicine Program is a 12-month fellowship (July 1st – June 30th) that is available to physicians who have successfully completed an accredited residency in Family Medicine, Med Peds, and Internal Medicine. The fellowship will be limited to 3 fellows per year, selected on a competitive basis using the National Residency Match Program.


Clinical training at a number of sites is a vital part of the Sports Medicine Fellowship
Dr. Harry Stafford with a patient at the Family Medicine Center

The curriculum of this fellowship is created to equip the primary care sports medicine physician with the knowledge to adequately evaluate and treat sports medicine related injuries and become an active professional in the field of sports medicine. The fellow will have rotations in all major aspects of sports medicine and will work one on one with faculty in these areas. Longitudinal scheduling will also give the fellow experience in many aspects of sports medicine by working with patients in the UNC Family Medicine, UNC Sports Medicine, and Carolina Sports and Family Medicine Clinics throughout the year as well as block learning rotations monthly with the UNC Orthopaedic Clinic.

The fellow will provide onsite coverage for a high school and UNC athletes. In addition, the fellow will cover the North Carolina Special Olympics, as well as, a local triathlon where the fellow will serve as medical director. Didactic learning is composed of weekly sports medicine conferences where the fellow is responsible for 3 of the presentations and the sports medicine journal club that will take place every 6 weeks. There will also be didactic session held directly with faculty. The fellow will also complete a research project with a faculty member in that field during the year of training.

Additional training will be given in:

  • Ultrasound guided injections
  • Fracture care
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) transfusions
  • Tenex
  • Soft tissue and major joint injections

Upon completion, the fellow will be eligible for the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine (CAQSM) exam.

 Procedural Training

Here at UNC we want to make sure we offer a variety of courses for continuing education and to further your knowledge with procedural training. Our Sports Medicine faculty is highly trained in their fields and will be available to assist you through the courses. The courses listed will offer insight and hands-on experience to help you achieve the best results for your patients.

  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • PRP
  • Fracture Management
  • Concussion Management


Fellows will be required to attend sports medicine conferences throughout the year.

  • ACSM
  • Cadaver Lab
  • Didactics
  • Journal Club
  • MSK Ultrasound
  • Radiology
  • Stedman Hawkins Symposium