Pediatric Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Sports Medicine Fellowship

Akron Children’s ACGME-approved 1-year primary care sports medicine fellowship program provides experience in treating a high volume of athletes of all ages. A well-established program, 5 attending physicians and 2 sports medicine fellows are selected to provide care in a facility that offers digital radiology, motion analysis videography, sports physical therapy, and pediatric orthopedics.

Our goal is to produce graduates who are proficient in all aspects within the field of sports medicine. This goal is accomplished via a curriculum that provides numerous clinical and educational opportunities in on-the-field assessment of injuries, evaluation of overuse and traumatic injuries in the clinic setting, rehabilitation principles, and injury prevention.

Akron Children’s sports medicine department, which is part of the center for orthopedics and sports medicine, overlooks the AA Akron RubberDucks Baseball Park—a perfect sports medicine setting. Sports fans can also find plenty of sporting events within 40 miles, including the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns, and college teams from the University of Akron and Kent State University. Pittsburgh and Columbus are also within a 2-hour drive.

The center is led by Dr. Joseph Congeni. He developed the sports medicine fellowship program at Akron Children's, the first of its kind at a pediatric hospital in the U.S.  He has won several awards, including the Ohio A.A.P. Committee Chair of the Year Award, the Ohio Athletic Trainer's Association’s Team Physician of the Year Award, and the Ohio State Medical Association Ohio Outstanding Team Physician. He shares this expertise with his patients on a daily basis, as well as with the medical community and general public through frequent public speaking appearances

Fellowship Highlights

Akron, Ohio, offers a great quality of life and low cost of living. In fact, the Huffington Post ranks Akron among the 18 most underrated cities in the U.S. It offers family-friendly communities with excellent public and private schools. There are a variety of restaurants, malls, art galleries, museums, concert venues, theaters, and cultural and arts festivals. For nature lovers, the Summit County Metro Park includes 125 miles of trails, 14 developed parks and 6 conservation areas.

Click here for information on how to apply.

For more information about our program, contact our sports medicine fellowship director, Julie Kerr, MD, at 330-543-8260.


Julie Kerr, MD

Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship

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