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Sports Medicine Education

Educating future providers of all levels and disciplines is a founding principle of UHS Sports Medicine as this elevates the level of care for our athletes and patients throughout our community. As part of this founding principle, we offer sports medicine fellowships and training programs. Investing time and energy educating our community athletes and health care providers requires that we stay up to date on the newest, and best proven interventions for sports injuries.

UHS Sports Medicine Grand Rounds

Monthly, the UHS Sports Medicine Department hosts a multidisciplinary educational session known as “Grand Rounds." These sessions bring together professionals to learn about sports medicine topics relevant to the continuum of care and recovery of an athlete.

The speakers for these sessions are both experienced providers or specialists within the UHS system or are experts from our community. In partnership with Binghamton University, we utilize the University’s athletic events center to host these sessions. Each of our New York Sports Medicine Grand Rounds are open to the entire sports medical community and are well attended.

In addition to supplying free continuing education credits to our staff, UHS Sports Medicine Grand Rounds provide an opportunity for doctors, athletic trainers, physical therapists and performance coaches to collaborate in order to improve continuity of care.

Annual Fall Sports Spine Symposium

Since 2016, UHS Sports Medicine has hosted an annual Catastrophic and Spine Injury Symposium at Binghamton University's athletic events center. In line with new national and state initiatives to update spine care and equipment removal protocols, we emphasize training with all stakeholders in the care of the athlete.

The symposium is geared toward professionals covering athletic events such as doctors, athletic trainers and emergency medical services (EMS), as well as event staff such as coaches and school administrators. This is a fun, hands-on, high-yield, annual event and anyone involved in contact sports is highly recommended to attend.

Sports Medicine Fellowship

A Fellow is a fully-accredited physician pursuing highly specialized training after completing a residency. Our New York Sports Medicine Fellowship is the only ACGME-accredited twelve-month fellowship in the Southern Tier, sponsored by the UHS Wilson Medical Center's Department of Family Medicine. Fellows receive training in all areas of primary care sports medicine, while working in the Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Center alongside a diverse faculty. Fellows collaborate closely with rehabilitative specialists, including physical and occupational therapists, and may also choose to become involved with Sports Performance.

Click here to learn more about the New York Sports Medicine Fellowships at UHS.


A Resident is a physician that has completed medical school and is training in a specialized area of medicine. UHS Wilson Family Medicine Residents regularly rotate with UHS Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Podiatry Residents who have completed podiatric school also rotate with UHS Sports Medicine. Residents from other specialties are always welcome for electives as requested.

Interested in UHS Residency Programs? Learn more here.

Medical Students

Third year SUNY Upstate Binghamton Campus Medical Students regularly spend 1 week with UHS Orthopedics and Sports Medicine as an elective during their Surgery Clerkship. Students from other Medical schools are welcome to set up rotations and fourth year, four week rotations are also available.

Learn more under the student rotation tab on our Academic Affairs page here.

Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner Students

UHS Orthopedics and Sports Medicine are proud to partner with several academic centers to offer rotations for students in Physician Assistant (PA) and Nurse Practitioner (NP) programs as part of their graduation requirements.

UHS has student affiliation agreements with multiple colleges, including longstanding partnerships with PA programs at LeMoyne College, SUNY Upstate and the NP program at Binghamton University's Decker School of Nursing. These partners and other academic programs send students for rotations of varying duration.

For more information on clinical rotations with UHS Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, please contact Nicholas Bunnell at (607) 422-3865 or email Nicholas.Bunnell@nyuhs.org.

PT, OT, PTA, AT Students

UHS has student affiliation agreements with multiple colleges throughout New York and Northern Pennsylvania. We accept several students in various capacities to work with our providers. Clinical Instructors (CI’s) educate students on the daily functions of the clinic; evaluating, assessing, and treating patients. As part of a collaborative care model, students benefit from experiences in multiple settings.

If you are interested in an affiliation or fieldwork experience in one of these Sports Medicine Settings, please contact Chariese Medlar, PT, DPT at Chariese.Medlar@nyuhs.org.

Shadow/Observation Program

UHS offers shadow experiences for students in the community that are interested in the medical field and/or need hours for college programs. These opportunities are available at the UHS Orthopedic Center and participating locations in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy, Occupational and Hand Therapy, Athletic Training, Sports Performance, and Podiatry.

If interested in this opportunity, contact Chariese Medlar, PT, DPT at Chariese.Medlar@nyuhs.org.

Continuing Education Programs

In-house Continuing Education

UHS Physical Therapy hosts several continuing education programs throughout the year at the UHS Orthopedic Center - Vestal location. These programs range from 1 to 2 day courses and offer continuing education credit to Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Athletic Trainers. Check back for our offerings throughout the year – All are welcome to attend!

New Graduate Mentoring Programs:

We have implemented mentoring programs for our Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and Athletic Trainers. At UHS, we want to ensure that all of our new therapists and trainers are successful. We utilize seasoned professionals to mentor our new staff with hands on and in person mentoring sessions. We also use online continuing education to supplement the mentoring sessions.

Physical Therapy Orthopedic External Residency Program:

Currently, UHS Physical Therapy collaborates with Cayuga Medical Center to provide the residency curriculum for our employees that desire to do so. The therapists that go through this extensive curriculum will be prepared to take the Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) exam offered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. At UHS Physical Therapy it is our goal to provide opportunities such as the OCS to elevate the level of patient care and expertise of our therapists creating positive impacts across our service delivery.

Journal Club In-service Series:

At UHS several multidisciplinary Journal Club forums are held monthly for therapists, sports medicine physicians, athletic trainers, strength coaches and other professionals. These forums provide a venue for current research to be discussed and for providers and professionals to communicate in a collaborative manner about various topics to maximize patient care.