WellSpan Medical Education

WellSpan York Hospital Sports Medicine Fellowship

Welcome to the WellSpan Health Sports Medicine Fellowship based in the Family Medicine Department.

Medical Team PhotoWe are proud of our community-based sports medicine fellowship program and all the educational opportunities we have to offer.

Our faculty is a mix of experienced and junior faculty. WellSpan’s mission statement of “Working as one to improve health through exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities” exemplifies the WellSpan Health fellowship program. It is comprised of core faculty of sports medicine physicians, sports orthopedic surgeons, and athletic trainers, working alongside exercise physiologists, physical therapists, sports nutritionists, and physiatrists to improve the health of our patients. We believe this collaborative approach provides a comprehensive and thorough learning experience that has prepared WellSpan Health graduates to practice Sports Medicine at any desired level.

Adobestock 21323301As a fellow your coverage responsibilities would typically include the following:

  • Local high school coverage
  • Gettysburg College (Division III Athletics) sideline and training room
    • Football
    • Men and Women’s Soccer
    • Field Hockey
    • Men’s Lacrosse
    • Women’s Lacrosse
    • Cross Country and Track and Field Meets
  • York Revolution (Atlantic League of Professional Baseball)
  • Skipjacks Hockey (USPHL)
  • Special Olympics
  • Marine Corps Marathon
  • York YMCA Marathon
  • Medical directorship experience for an annual mass multi-race event

In addition to the clinical and sideline experiences our fellowship program provides time to attend sports medicine conferences (prior years have included):

  • AMSSM Fellows Research and Leadership Conference
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of ACSM Fall Conference
  • WellSpan Gamechanger Sports Medicine Conference
  • Sports Psychology Symposium
  • AMSSM Annual Meeting
  • ACSM Annual Meeting
  • Regional Introduction to Ultrasound Course
  • Comprehensive Sports Medicine Update
  • Board Review
  • Wilderness Medicine Conference

Dr Payne Central Penn Piranha FBWellSpan Health Sports Medicine fellowship is also dedicated to improving and empowering the specialty of sports medicine through research and teaching. The Emig Research Center at WellSpan Health provides access to a multitude of educators and statisticians who are dedicated to help WellSpan Health Sports Medicine fellows complete their research and quality improvement projects during their fellowship year. Throughout the year our fellows will help with teaching sports medicine to our Family Medicine Residents through didactic sessions, one-on-one teaching in clinics, and procedural workshops (ultrasound and casting/splinting).

With a dedicated faculty, coverage opportunities, and incredible academic support, our fellows finish with ultrasound proficiency and acute fracture management knowledge as well as mass event directorship, research, quality improvement, and teaching skills that make well-rounded and highly marketable sports medicine physicians who would be an asset in any community practice, private practice, academic institution, or professional team organization.

Adobestock 11995529We look forward to meeting you and growing our sports medicine family!


  • Completion of core residency, board eligible in FM, IM, Peds, EM, or PM&R
  • Communicates clearly in written and spoken English
  • Taken and passed all USMLE/COMLEX exams – Including Step 3.

Fellowship Stipend Levels
First Year $71,084

Fellowship PTO (Paid Time Off)
First Year 17 days

Educational Allowances

R-4 $1,650.00
R-5 $1,700.00

Notice of Rights Under Federal Conscience and Anti-Discrimination Laws

WellSpan Health and all WellSpan Hospitals comply with applicable Federal conscience and antidiscrimination laws prohibiting exclusion, adverse treatment, coercion, or other discrimination against individuals or entities on the basis of their religious beliefs or moral convictions. You may have the right under Federal law to decline to perform, assist in the performance of, refer for, undergo, or pay for certain health care-related treatments, research, or services (such as abortion or assisted suicide, among others) that violate your conscience, religious beliefs, or moral convictions.

If you believe that WellSpan Health or any WellSpan Health Hospital has failed to accommodate your conscientious, religious, or moral objection, or has discriminated against you on those grounds, you can file a conscience and religious freedom complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, available at https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/portal/lobby.jsf or by mail or phone at: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Room 509F, HHH Building Washington, DC 20201, 1–800–368–1019, 800–537–7697 (TDD). Complaint forms and more information about Federal conscience and anti-discrimination laws are available at http://www.hhs.gov/conscience.

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