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Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program

Our 1-year, ACGME accredited primary care sports medicine fellowship program gives you experience in treating a high volume of athletes of all ages. Our program was the first of its kind at a children's hospital, and exposes you to a range of diagnostic and treatment options, including digital radiology, motion analysis videography, sports physical therapy and pediatric orthopedics.

Our goal is to ensure you become proficient in all aspects within the field of sports medicine. Our curriculum 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.

As a fellow, you will participate in:

  • Care for a diverse range of patients, including children and adolescents, elite level collegiate athletes, adults, and the occupational athlete
  • Team coverage of NCAA Division I athletes at The University of Akron and Division II athletes at Walsh University
  • Team coverage of high school football teams
  • Mass event coverage
  • Multidisciplinary fellowship curriculum conference
  • A dedicated ultrasound, injection and casting curriculum

Our sports medicine center is located in the heart of downtown Akron and overlooks the AA Akron Rubber Ducks Baseball Park.  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 within a 2-hour drive

Primary sports medicine fellows will:

  • Perform a detailed musculoskeletal physical exam
  • Demonstrate proficiency in evaluation of injuries both on-the-field and in the clinic
  • Identify indications for specialist and orthopedic referral
  • Explain rehabilitation and physical therapy principles
  • Perform sports pre-participation physical exams
  • Prepare and present formal and informal didactic sessions for residents, medical students and other trainees
  • Identify injury prevention principles using splinting, bracing and taping techniques 
  • Discuss medical/legal aspects of sports medicine
  • Demonstrate knowledge of sports nutrition 
  • Identify principles of sports psychology
  • Demonstrate the ability to counsel patients with regard to weight and strength training programs, performance enhancement programs and the use of supplements
  • Apply evidence-based medicine principles in the critical evaluation of medical literature

Julie Kerr, MD
Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Director
Akron Children's Hospital
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH 44308



(Effective July 1, 2019)

PL-4 – $65,688

PL-5 – $67,249

PL-6 -- $69,069



House offices are granted 3 weeks of vacation or 15 customary working days.


Conference Time

Fellows are entitled to 5 days of conference time each year for medical conventions and courses outside the hospital.


Educational Allowance

Fellows are provided $1,500 annually for use toward medical-related journals or books, conferences, and license renewals.


Research and Scholarship Travel

We encourage and support investigator-initiated research by subspecialty fellows. Therefore, we support research-related travel when the fellow is in good academic and professional standing, and when prior written approval of the program director is documented. All hospital policies relating to travel must be followed.


Professional Liability

Professional liability insurance is provided by the hospital.


Health Benefits

Fellows and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the hospital’s health, dental, and vision insurance programs. Costs are shared between the fellow and the hospital. Benefits are available immediately.


Retirement Benefits

Fellows may participate in the Hospital’s 403(b) Plan from their date of hire. Match dollars are not available to fellows.


Medical License & DEA

Fellows are required to obtain an Ohio State Medical License and DEA certificate prior to beginning training.



A key access card for convenient parking is provided at no charge.


Lab Coats

One embroidered lab coat is provided if desired.



Fellows are given $60 every week for use in the hospital cafeteria.


Relocation expenses

The hospital provides reimbursement for initial relocation expenses, up to $1,000, subject to current tax laws.


Smoke, Electronic Cigarette and Tobacco-Free Campus

Akron Children’s is a tobacco-free healthcare system. Prospective employees who test positive for nicotine will have their offer of employment rescinded and will not be permitted to start work.

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