Sports Medicine Fellowship

In 1998, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Boston University Medical Center established a graduate resident education program in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. The Sports Medicine Fellowship received full accreditation by the ACGME Residency Review Committee in January 2002. The sports medicine fellowship position is affiliated with the ACGME accredited residency program in Orthopaedic Surgery at Boston Medical Center.  Fellowship activities stem from and occur in close connection with the accredited Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Training program.

Program Director, Dr. Robert Nicoletta, a former graduate of the Boston University Sports Medicine Fellowship and an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Boston University, directs the fellow’s educational, clinical and surgical responsibilities.  Dr. Xinning (“Tiger”) Li, an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery serves as faculty within the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston University Medical Center, co-coordinating the fellows academic, research and clinical responsibilities.

The goals and responsibilities of this fellowship include a sophisticated subspecialty surgical experience at Boston Medical Center.  Due to the fellow’s rigorous clinical, research, and teaching responsibilities, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery will only consider applicants who have successfully completed and graduated from ACGME-accredited programs in orthopaedic surgery.

The fellow’s supervised surgical experiences key on all aspects of sports medicine-related surgery including arthroscopic surgery, ligament reconstruction, and surgical procedures particular to the athlete including overuse syndromes. The fellow obtains outpatient sports medicine clinical experience under attending supervision for evaluation of acute and chronic athletic injuries at the Boston University Intercollegiate Athletic Sports Medicine Clinic on a weekly basis. In addition, the fellow is involved with on-the-field supervised coverage of athletic events including, but not limited to hockey, football, soccer, and basketball.

The fellow devotes at least one half day per week primarily to clinical and basic science research including combined projects with the Sports Medicine Department at Boston Medical Center.   The fellow is required to complete at least one, but preferably two original research projects with the goal of publication in a major, peer-reviewed journal.

Additionally, the sports medicine fellow participates actively in our didactic teaching program for the orthopaedic residents in training. The department has developed an extensive sports medicine teaching syllabus that is an integral part of our educational program. Accordingly, the fellow is responsible for preparing didactic lectures and presentations at our weekly orthopaedic grand rounds in addition to presenting a comprehensive anatomy-teaching syllabus that includes dissection of cadavers. The fellow also participates actively in the departments nationally acclaimed annual sports medicine conference that includes bioskills teaching. The sports medicine fellow has access to a bioskills teaching laboratory and is exposed to protocols and clinical pathways in the hospital. The educational exposure includes at least three conferences, including participation and attendance at the AAOSM Annual Conference and at least two bioskills centered courses.

For further information or directions for completing a successful application, please contact the Graduate Medical Education Coordinator at (617) 638-8934, or click here to email her