Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
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 in Erie, Pa., offers a wealth of broad-based clinical experiences that provide an excellent foundation for a career in sports medicine. We are sponsored by the Family Medicine Residency Program at Saint Vincent Hospital, a part of Allegheny Health Network.
Our program plays 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.
We offer 2 fellowship positions yearly.
We accept applicants who will successfully complete residency training in the following:
- Family Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Emergency Medicine
Our program participates in ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service).
Applications are accepted starting July 1 for the following fellowship year (July 1, 2015, for fellowship year starting July 1, 2016.
Interviews for fellowships starting July 1, 2016, will be offered from Sept. 15 through Dec. 10, 2015.
Please contact us with any questions.
- Salary: $57,250.
- Reimbursement of out-of-town moving expenses up to $2,000 with receipts (subject to prevailing tax rate)
- Health and dental insurance: interns, residents, and associates pay a portion of the premium costs
- Life insurance, long-term disability, and malpractice insurance
- Education: reimbursement for expenses incurred up to $3,000 to attend two national sports medicine meetings
- Stipend that can be used to offset meals, books, or ultrasound conference
- 24-hour parking available in parking garage for monthly fee
- Paid time off: 10 working days per year
- An additional 10 days of salaried absence for offsite medical education (courses, symposia, etc.)
- Child Care Center available for a fee
Saint Vincent Sports Medicine Fellowship
Barbara Renick, Medical Education Administrator
Phone: 814.452.5101 or 1.800.730.3003
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. The fellow is part of the initial diagnostic evaluation, helps to formulate a treatment plan, and can be present for follow-up visits to assess response to the initial treatment plan and can be part of return-to-play decisions.
This structure optimizes working relationships with the faculty. The fellow can see patients with the same faculty members on a weekly basis. This allows the fellow and faculty members to develop close working relationships, which allows the faculty a better chance to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the fellows. 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 his or her training.
A longitudinal structure also allows us to take advantage of multiple 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 following locations:
- Saint Vincent Sports Medicine
- Penn State Behrend training room
- Assigned high school training room
- Sports Medicine Clinic at the Family Medicine Residency Program
This experience allows the fellow to feel at home working in each of these sites while offering variety in what the fellow sees on a daily basis. The fellows receive exposure to competitive college athletes, high school athletes, active wellness-minded adults, and patients with 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 Sports Medicine Fellowship faculty and a family medicine specialist from our multi-specialty group practice.
The fellows work with orthopaedic surgeons in a one-on-one setting in the college training rooms, offering exposure to a different diagnostic and treatment approach. They also rotate with an orthopaedic surgeon on a regular basis throughout the year. This longitudinal interaction with orthopaedic surgeons permits the fellow the opportunity to follow patients he or she may refer to an orthopaedic surgeon for an office visit and into the OR.
Fellows can also participate in staffing the hospital's Ortho Returns Clinic, where patient seen overnight in the Saint Vincent Hospital Emergency Department for musculoskeletal injuries are brought back to the Emergency Department for re-evaluation and possible further intervention. The fellows get hands-on experience with casting and injury management.
Ultrasound is one of the tools utilized in the clinical setting and didactic sessions at Saint Vincent. In the clinical setting, the fellow learns to incorporate ultrasound as part of an office visit, using it to aid in diagnosing the musculoskeletal injury as well as performing guided joint injections. It is also used in didactic sessions that focus on anatomy.
Other Specialty Opportunities
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, such as physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain management, or physical therapy, special arrangements can be made to accommodate individual interests.
Saint Vincent Sports Medicine
This private office 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.
Gannon University is a private Catholic university in the heart of the city of Erie. The school offers 18 different Division II athletic programs 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 event coverage at the high school. We provide coverage for one private and two 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 contributions of our fellows to the care of their athletes.
Saint Vincent Sports Medicine is affiliated with the Erie Seawolves, the AA minor league team of the Detroit Tigers, with lots of opportunity to do sideline coverage with the team.
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:
- Foot and ankle
- Brachial plexus
- Hand and wrist
- Hip and pelvis
- Lumbar spine
Important medical topics are covered throughout the year as well and include the following:
- Pre-participation exam
- Heat illness
- Sideline preparedness
- Sports cardiology
- Gastrointestinal problems in athletes
- Sports nutrition
- Sports dermatology
- Exercise-induced bronchospasm
Monthly Journal Club
The fellows choose articles from the sports medicine literature that are timely and address questions raised during 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 attending physicians, and rotating residents.
The fellows meet twice a month with our fellowship-trained musculoskeletal radiologist. This instruction provides a solid foundation for interpreting X-ray and MR images. Our fellows consistently rate this as one of the most valuable experiences of their fellowship education.
Laura McIntosh, MD, Program Director
Laura McIntosh, MD, 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 Hospital.
Dr. McIntosh received certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as Performance Enhancement Specialist and utilizes the training when developing rehabilitation programs for injured athletes. She also specializes in concussion diagnosis and management. She has additional training in joint injections, including but not limited to the shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist and hip
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 as 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 the team physician for Gannon University and Mercyhurst Preparatory School and assists in covering games for the Erie Seawolves. She provides medical coverage for several local athletic events, including the Bay Swim, 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 of 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.
Jeff Kim, DO, Associate Program Director
Jeff Kim, DO, 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 diagnosis and management, 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 is also one of the team physicians for Gannon University. He provides medical coverage for many local athletic events, including the Erie Marathon and the Edinboro Triathlon.
His favorite sports are hockey and basketball. He also 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.
Philip St. Julien, DO
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 diagnosis and management.
Non-athletes can take advantage of Dr. St. Julien’s services as well. He provides nonsurgical 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 and Northwestern 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 and the Edinboro Triathlon.
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
Mark S. Buseck, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Saint Vincent Hospital, earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residencies at Rush-Presbyterian – St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago and Denver Children’s Hospital. He then took an additional year of fellowship training at Cincinnati Sports Medicine Center.
Dr. Buseck treats a broad range of orthopaedic conditions. He 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 the orthopaedic physician for Gannon University. He has always enjoyed the treatment of athletic patients due to their high level of physical conditioning and motivation to recover and return to play.
David Babins, MD, MBA
David Babins, MD, MBA, an orthopaedic surgeon at Orthopedic and Sports Medicine of Erie, earned his medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa. He also completed a Spine Surgical Fellowship at the Florida SpineCare Center in Orlando, Fla. Dr. Babins is board-certified in Orthopaedic Surgery with a board-certified CAQ in Sports Medicine.
Thomas Fessler, MD
Thomas Fessler, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Orthopedic Surgeons, Inc., earned his medical degree from Georgetown School of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at the 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 specialists. 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.
Some recent Saint Vincent Sports Medicine Fellowship graduates and their current placements include:
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