Program Director: Laura McIntosh, MD
Program Length: 12 months (7/1 through 6/30)
Fellows per year: 2
The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Saint Vincent Hospital offers a wealth of broad-based clinical experience that provides an excellent foundation for a career in sports medicine. We are sponsored by the Family Medicine Residency Program at Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pa. Saint Vincent is a member of the Allegheny Health Network in western Pennsylvania. We play a vital role in both the educational and clinical missions of Saint Vincent Hospital. You will find a friendly, supportive and collegial atmosphere that encourages you to make the most of your fellowship experience.
Two Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship positions are available at Saint Vincent each year. Our program participates in ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service).
Applications accepted starting: 7/1/20 through 11/18/20.
Interviews will be offered starting 9/14/20 through 12/9/20, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Please contact us with any questions.
AHN – Saint Vincent Hospital Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship in Erie, PA
Saint Vincent Hospital
Medical Education Department
311 W 24 Street, 4th Floor
Erie, PA 16502
The Saint Vincent Sports Medicine Fellowship incorporates a longitudinal curriculum structure. We believe this offers our fellows a number of important educational advantages. Learn more about:
The longitudinal structure optimizes continuity of care. The fellow can be present through the entire course of an injury or problem, from the initial diagnostic evaluation, helping to formulate a treatment plan, being present for follow-up visits to assess response to the initial treatment plan and participating in return-to-play decision.
This structure optimizes working relationships with the faculty. The fellow will see patients with the same faculty members on a weekly basis. This allows the fellow and faculty members to develop close working relationships. The regular interaction offers the faculty the opportunity to provide individualized instruction to fellows to improve their skills during the course of their fellowship. The increased trust that comes from this relationship also enables the fellow to have greater participation in clinical decision-making over the course of their training.
Our program is able to offer the fellows a variety of clinical teaching sites. Each of these sites provides exposure to a different mix of patients but all provide invaluable clinical experience. Fellows spend time every week at the AHN Health and Wellness Pavilion Sports Medicine and the Sports Medicine Clinic at the Family Medicine Center. They also spend time weekly in a high school and college training room. The benefit of offering multiple clinical sites: private clinic, teaching/residency clinic and student health familiarizes the fellow with each of these environments which will be helpful in choosing their path once they have completed a fellowship. The different clinic sites also offers variety in what the fellow sees on a daily basis. The fellows receive exposure to competitive college athlete, high school athletes, active wellness-minded adults, as well as common orthopedic conditions seen in a primary care practice.
There are also opportunities to work in more acute care settings. The fellows' own continuity clinic occurs at Penn State Behrend’s student health office. The student health setting offers the fellows the opportunity to further develop their ability to diagnose and treat acute medical and musculoskeletal problems typically seen in a primary care office. Supervision is provided by faculty from Sports Medicine Fellowship.
The fellows work with orthopedic surgeons in a one-on-one setting in the college training rooms, offering exposure to a different diagnostic and treatment approach. They can also rotate with an orthopedic surgeon on a regular basis throughout the year. This longitudinal interaction with ortho permits the fellows the opportunity to follow patients they may refer to ortho through their visits and into the OR.
While the foundation of our curriculum is longitudinal experience, if fellows are interested in a concentrated experience in a specific area or would like additional exposure to associated specialties, (PM & R, pain management, PT, etc.), special arrangements can be made to accommodate individual interests.
AHN Health and Wellness Pavilion Sports Medicine
This office facility offers physician consultation for injury prevention, performance enhancement and comprehensive treatment. Ultrasound evaluations and guided injections are utilized in evaluation and treatment of patients in this setting.
The Sports Medicine Clinic at the Saint Vincent Family Medicine Center
The fellow has the opportunity to participate in the diagnosis and treatment of primary care orthopaedic problems in a specialty clinic that functions within the Family Medicine Center. This clinic provides care for a population that otherwise does not have ready access to orthopaedic care.
Penn State Behrend
This is a rich source of clinical experience for our fellows. The university is a member of the 10-school Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC), participating in 21 Division III athletic programs with approximately 350 athletes. The fellow will be involved in weekly training room sessions as well as event coverage that provides hands-on exposure to a wide variety of acute and chronic sports medicine problems. The university’s student health office is also the location for the fellow’s weekly primary care clinical experience.
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
The university is home to a very diverse student population and is a strong advocate for disabled students. Athletes compete in 26 different sports: 24 Division II sports programs, Division I wrestling, and men’s wheelchair basketball. The Division II and Division I athletes compete in the Pennsylvania Sate Athletics Conference (PSAC). Wrestling also competes in the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) and placed third in the nation in the NCAA tournament in 2015. The fellow is involved in a weekly training room along with the team’s orthopaedic surgeon, providing primary care sports medicine services to athletes. The University’s Division II football and Division I wrestling programs offer excellent hands-on, side-line experience.
A private, catholic university in the heart of the city of Erie, the school offers 22 different NCAA Division II athletic programs and 3 non-NCAA sports, and is a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference (PSAC). The fellow works with the team's orthopaedic surgeon, providing orthopaedic services to injured athletes.
The fellow is involved in a weekly training room at one of our local high schools in addition to providing event coverage at the high school. We provide coverage for three public high schools in the Erie area. The fellow works under the supervision of the head team physician at each school but is able to provide first contact evaluation of injuries on the sidelines as well as evaluation of chronic problems in the training room. We have long-established relationships with these schools who value the contribution of our fellows to the care of their athletes.
Didactic learning experiences include weekly didactic sessions, workshops, and conferences; monthly journal club; and musculoskeletal radiology sessions, as follows:
Weekly Didactic Sessions
Weekly didactic sessions are held, organized around anatomic modules. Each module provides in-depth instruction in anatomy, physical exam techniques, and the range of injuries and problems that may present at that joint. When appropriate, ultrasound is incorporated into the lectures to provide hands-on teaching and anatomical correlation.
These anatomic modules include:
Important medical topics are covered throughout the year as well and include the following:
Workshops and Conferences
We schedule annual workshops for casting and splinting, and for hands-on experience stabilizing and transporting the athlete found down on the field.
Fellows participate in the conference schedule by preparing case presentations and lectures covering relevant clinical topics.
Monthly Journal Club
The fellows choose articles from the sports medicine literature that are timely and address questions arising from their clinical work. The fellows are responsible for critically reviewing the article and presenting their conclusions about the study. Journal club is attended by fellows, sports medicine attendings, and rotating residents.
Our MSK US curriculum includes: one-on-one instruction with a faculty member skilled at US and US-guided injections, incorporation of US into the didactic sessions focused on anatomy and funding to attend a CME on US-guided injections. The program offers MSK US at our 2 main clinical locations.
Jeff Kim, DO, a sports medicine physician at Saint Vincent Sports Medicine, earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed both a family medicine residency and a sports medicine fellowship at Saint Vincent.
Dr. Kim has additional training and certification for osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) and joint injections, including but not limited to the shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist and hip. He also specializes in concussion treatment and education, OMT for both athletes and non-athletes experiencing neck, back, pelvis and hip pain, and gait assessment for runners and walkers.
Non-athletes can take advantage of Dr. Kim’s services as well. He provides non-surgical treatment for any musculoskeletal injuries and issues, and brings a conservative approach to treatment for arthritis, muscle imbalances and pain patterns that are not necessarily related to sports.
Dr. Kim is the head team physician for Penn State Behrend and Fairview High School. He provides medical coverage for many local athletic events, including the Erie Marathon. Dr. Kim is also involved with training new sports medicine physicians through the Saint Vincent Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship program.
His favorite sports are hockey & basketball, and he enjoys sailing, running, skiing and snowboarding. He is passionate about sports medicine because he likes helping athletes overcome the obstacles of an injury and return to peak performance in their desired sport.
Laura McIntosh, MD, is the fellowship program director. She earned her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her family practice residency at UPMC-Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., and her sports medicine fellowship at Saint Vincent.
Dr. McIntosh takes a functional approach to the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal problems. She does utilize more traditional options like medications, bracing and joint injections when necessary. She also specializes in diagnosing and managing concussions. She enjoys working with athletes of all ages and specialties, but has a special interest in treating runners.
Non-athletes can benefit from Dr. McIntosh’s expertise in that her skills can also be applied to problems and issues that are not related to sports or exercise.People who do not consider themselves athletes can actually experience the same types of musculoskeletal injuries as athletes, and Dr. McIntosh can provide the specialized care needed to help them avoid living with chronic pain – and maybe even help them discover the athlete within!
Dr. McIntosh is a team physician for Gannon University and assists in covering games for the Erie Seawolves. She provides medical coverage for several local athletic events including the Highmark Quad Games, Presque Isle Triathlon and the Erie Marathon
Her favorite sports are basketball and crew, and she enjoys running, hiking and cross country skiing. For Dr. McIntosh, sports medicine is most rewarding when she can help an individual get back to their sport or simply get through their day pain-free. While the cause some injuries is clear and the treatment plan is standard, she also enjoys "playing detective" to get to the heart of the problem when injuries are more complicated.
Philip St. Julien, DO earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed both his family medicine residency and sports medicine fellowship at Saint Vincent Hospital.
Dr. St. Julien has additional training and certification for osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) and joint injections, including but not limited to the shoulder, knee, elbow wrist and hip. He also specializes in concussion treatment and education, OMT for both athletes and non-athletes experiencing neck, back, pelvis and hip pain.
Non-athletes can take advantage of Dr St. Julien’s services as well. He provides non-surgical treatment for any musculoskeletal injuries and issues and brings a conservative approach to treatment for arthritis, muscle imbalances and pain patterns that are not necessarily related to sports.
Dr. St. Julien is the team physician for Edinboro University, Northwestern and Girard High School, assists with coverage for the Erie Seawolves and is the medical director for the Barber Beast on the Bay. He also provides medical coverage for many local athletic events including the Erie Marathon.
His favorite sports are basketball, soccer and golf. He also enjoys coaching and being active in the youth sports community. He is enthusiastic about helping young athletes participate safely and pain-free as they develop their athletic skills, understanding the importance that athletic participation plays in their lives and well-being.
Mark Buseck, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon. Dr. Buseck earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his medical residencies at Rush-Presbyterian – St. Luke’s Medical Centered in Chicago, IL and Denver Children’s Hospital. He then took an additional year of fellowship training at Cincinnati Sports Medicine Center.
Dr Buseck has a special interest in treating athletic injuries of the knee. This involves arthroscopic treatment of meniscal cartilage tears with either partial excision or repair. Dr Buseck also specializes in surgical Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction including the “all inside” repair with minimal incisions.
Dr Buseck is an orthopaedic physician for Gannon University.
Dr. Buseck has always enjoyed the treatment of the athletic patients due to their high level of physical conditioning and motivation to recover and return to play.
Jay Deimel, MD is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine for adults and children. He provides a full range of care, including fracture/trauma care with a special interest in soft tissue injuries of the hip, knee and shoulder.
After earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Deimel attended Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals.
He pursued additional training and expertise during his orthopaedic sports fellowship at Stanford University, while serving as an assistant team physician for the San Francisco 49ers and Stanford athletic teams.
Before coming to Erie, Dr. Deimel was an orthopaedic surgeon at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute and clinical instructor in orthopaedic surgery for the University of Chicago Orthopaedic Surgery residency program.
Currently, Dr. Deimel is the Director of Sports Medicine St. Vincent AHN and Hip Preservation Surgery and is an assistant Orthopaedic Instructor LECOM Orthopaedic Residency Program. He also is the team physician for McDowell High School.
Thomas Fessler, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon who earned his medical degree from Georgetown School of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at University Massachusetts Medical Center.
Dr Fessler is the head team physician for Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Cathedral Preparatory School.
We are highly committed to helping our fellows find their ideal job after graduating from our program. Most of our graduates currently are involved in practices that include a mix of Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. Several however have joined orthopaedic practices and are full-time nonoperative orthopaedic specialists. A number have remained in the Erie area but our graduates have found positions all over the country, from Vermont to Texas to California. Here is a list of all the Saint Vincent Sports Medicine Fellowship graduates and their current placements.
Nawras Harsouni, MD – Detroit, MI
Shachi Pandya, MD – Chicago, Ill
Jamil Neme, MD – St. Louis MO
Brandon Rysavy, DO – Boise, ID
Matthew Heiztenrater, DO – Erie, PA
Eric Liu, MD – Chillicothe, OH
Adam Maghrabi, MD - Iowa
Sabrina Silver, DO – Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
Afzal Khan, MD – Wyoming
T. Jason Meredith, MD – Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska
Shelley Roque-Lichtig, MD – Tampa, FL
Phillip St. Julien, DO – Erie, PA
Daniel Brueggermann, MD – San Diego, CA
Matthew Marsh, MD – Orlando, FL
Kathleen Costanzo, DO - York, PA
Sandesh Pandit, MD - Woodbridge, VA
Jeff Clemente, MD - Erie, PA
Eric Skvarla, DO - Pittsburgh, PA
Mike Kline, MD - Altoona, PA
Pritesh Parmar, MD - Newark, NJ
Stacey Curran, DO - Butler, PA
Cherinor Sillah, MD - Macon, GA
Jeff Kim, DO - Erie, PA
Brad Strauch, MD - Chillicothe, OH
Prad Parihar, MD - Denton, TX
Todd Shatynski, MD - Albany, NY
Matt McElroy, DO - Danville, PA
Joan Eicker, MD - Burlington, VT
Laura McIntosh, MD - Erie, PA
Andy King, MD - Erie, PA
Mike Shea, MD - Sacramento, CA
Tim Pelkowski, MD - Erie, PA
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