Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship was started in 1988, and at the time, was the first pediatric department-based primary care sports medicine fellowship in the country. Under the direction of Drs. David Bernhardt and Kathleen Carr, the fellowship continues to garner high acclaim both clinically and academically. It maintains maximum ACGME accreditation (5 years). Physicians who have completed their residency training in pediatrics, family medicine, med/peds, emergency medicine, internal medicine or physical medicine and rehabilitation are eligible for acceptance into to the fellowship program.


The primary purpose is to train primary care physicians in the field of sports medicine to become academic leaders in the care of sports related problems in children, adolescents and adults. Fellowship training will provide the clinical education necessary to treat a wide variety of sport and exercise related problems and allow the physician to become a teacher and researcher in sports medicine. Training will also lead to eligibility to take the Certification of Added Qualification (CAQ) exam in Sports Medicine.


This is a one-year accredited fellowship with a clinical emphasis consisting of approximately 70% clinical activities, 25% research and 5% teaching of residents, medical students and athletic training students.

The Sports Medicine fellowship curriculum is flexible and may be modified with the fellowship directors’ permission to meet the individual fellow's needs. It is important that the fellowship remain a mix of clinical, teaching, and research experience.

Applicants with a strong interest in academic preparation for a career including research may be interested in a 3-year training option, including the one-year sports medicine fellowship and the two-year University of Wisconsin Primary Care Research Fellowship. A separate application is required for the latter. More information about the Research Fellowship can be reviewed at Please contact the program directors if you are interested in this combined opportunity.