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, arthroscopic surgery, and complex shoulder reconstruction. Six 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 that is found in only several other institutions in the United States. We have 8 PhD laboratory faculty and over 30 orthopedic surgeons of all specialties to enrich the learning environment. Our fellow assists with instruction of the residents during arthroscopic labs, didactic lectures, and anatomy dissections. We provide medical care for 13 high schools, 5 local universities, and the Detroit Pistons. 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 lifelong learning in the field of sports medicine. Our vision is to provide this education via hands on experience in the operating room, in the clinic, on the field and in the training room.

KolowichMessage from program director:

Our fellowship is designed to provide a specialized education for the advancement of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and complex shoulder surgery. Our 6-fellowship trained faculty have all been educated at different fellowship institutes. This variety of experience and the rich learning environment of HFHS make this an excellent fellowship. We partner with our 15-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. Clinic opportunities include exposure to a broad patient population from professional athletes, collegiate athletes, to weekend warriors. Physicians learn to work closely with ATCs in the clinic setting to enhance patient care and clinic flow.

Our state-of-the-art research facilities include Cine Radiography Motion Analysis and Cell Biology/Histology, with 8 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 universities, the Detroit City Football Club (NPSL), the ballet performances at the Detroit Opera Theater, the Lake Erie Monarchs (baseball), the Detroit Pistons (NBA), the Detroit Lions (NFL) and the Detroit Tigers (MLB). We involve our fellow in the care of these teams to enhance their education. Our fellow covers Lawrence Technological University as the team physician, assists with coverage at Wayne State University and coordinates fellow coverage for the Detroit Pistons. Additional coverage with any of the teams listed above, occurs as needed or desired.

Weekly didactics provide a one-on-one learning environment for individual education 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, and MRI evaluation.

You must visit to appreciate the opportunity that awaits. Our interview dates for the 2020-21 Fellowship year are January 30, 2019 and February 12, 2019.

Patricia A. Kolowich, M.D.

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