Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship

Program Director: Patricia A. Kolowich, M.D.
Program Coordinator: Kathy Derrig, C-TAGME

About the program

The Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit is an ACGME approved, one year fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine. Our faculty embrace the practice of sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. Five faculty, all trained at different fellowships, bring a rich and broad in-depth learning experience for the fellow. At HFH we have cine-radiography motion analysis, a state of the art lab found only at one other institution in the world at this time. We have 5 PhD laboratory faculty and over 20 orthopedic surgeons of all specialties to enrich the learning environment. Our fellow assists with instruction of the residents during arthroscopic labs, didactic lectures, anatomy dissections and the knee simulator. We provide medical care for 10 high schools and 4 local colleges. The fellow will have the opportunity to become comfortable with musculoskeletal ultrasound and its use in the clinical setting.

Mission and vision

Our mission is to educate the fellow in an environment that will stimulate life long learning in the field of sports medicine. Our vision is to provide this education via hands on experience both in the operating room, in the clinic and on the field and in the gym.

KolowichMessage from program director:

Our fellowship is designed to provide a specialized education for the advancement of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. Our 5 fellowship faculty have all trained at different fellowship institutes. This variety of experience and the rich learning environment of HFHS make this an excellent fellowship. We partner with our 8 primary care sports faculty and 3 primary care sports fellows, to provide a comprehensive sports medicine education. The Fellow has an opportunity to operate with all core faculty throughout their fellowship year. Our state-of-the-art lab facilities include Cine Radiography Motion Analysis and Cell Biology/Histology, with 4 full-time PhD faculty. Our community outreach provides a wealth of opportunity to care for athletes on the field and in the training room.

Henry Ford Sports Medicine Division covers 13 high schools, 5 colleges, the Detroit City Football Club (NPSL), the ballet performances at the Detroit Opera Theater, the Lake Erie Monarchs (baseball) and the Detroit Pistons (NBA). We involve our fellow in the care of these teams to enhance their education. Our fellow covers Lawrence Technological University as the team physician, and assists with coverage at Wayne State University. Additional coverage with any of the teams listed above, occurs as needed.

Weekly didactics provide a one on one learning environment for individual learning and advancement. We partner with local facilities for regularly scheduled arthroscopy labs to enhance surgical skills. We work closely with a very strong musculoskeletal radiology department to offer ultrasound training and education in MRI evaluation.

You must visit to appreciate the opportunity that awaits. Our interview dates for the 2019-20 Fellowship year are January 3, 2018 and January 17, 2018.

Patricia A. Kolowich, M.D.

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