PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: The student must have completed all M3 Core clerk ships. NOTE: This course is not offered over Christmas and during the months of June, July, and August, as UIC athletes are not playing during those months which significantly limits patient volume.

PURPOSE: Sports medicine crosses the barriers of specific disciplines as athletes may suffer problems associated with the musculoskeletal system, nutrition, mental health and motivation, dental problems, or primary care issues. This sports medicine experience allows the student to participate in the care of athletes from an orthopaedic perspective, physical medicine and rehabilitation perspective, nutrition perspective, radiology, and a psychology perspective.

COMPETENCIES: The overall objective of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s sports medicine program is to provide the medical student exposure to injuries and problems encountered by the athletic population. The rotation will introduce the student to the demands of being a team physician, caring for athletes, identifying specific sports-related injuries, and taking an active role as a member of a sports medicine team. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge of sports medicine, including: roles of the sports medicine team, the pre-participation physical examination, common sports injuries, emergent sports injuries, rehabilitation issues, sports psychology, sports nutrition, and medical issues in sports medicine.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES:  Students will spend time in the Sports Medicine, athletic training room seeing patients. Students will attend events with residents or faculty to assist with game coverage. Students will participate with one presentation at weekly sports imaging conference or journal club. Surgical experience on sports medicine cases is optional for those students interested in a surgical field. Education provided by orthopedic surgeon and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation attendings, fellowship trained in sports medicine. 


REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS: Reporting Instructions: Students should stop/or speak to Susan King  (312-996-7161) in the UIC Orthopaedic Offices to pick up a general agenda and suggested readings prior to the beginning of the rotation. On the first Monday of the rotation, students should report to the Orthopaedic Conference Room in the Department of Orthopaedics at 7:00 am on the Monday for x-ray rounds and the Sports Journal Club on the first day of rotation.

ASSESSMENT: The student’s performance will be evaluated and assessed based upon his/her participation in the aforementioned activities, and on his/her knowledge of the discipline. Each of the attendings and services will have opportunity to provide input to the evaluation. No formal or written test will be given. A mid-term (2 week) discussion of progress will be offered.


Program Number: ELEC 859
Location: UICMC
Program Director: M.Hutchinson, MD
Telephone: 312-996-7161
E-mail :

Duration: 4 Weeks
Night Call: No
Weekends: Yes

Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 1
Housestaff Used as Faculty: No
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 10-12
Laboratory/Independent Study: No
Outpatient: 20
Inpatient: 8
Total Hours /Week: 35-45

Reporting Instructions: Students should stop by the Orthopaedic Offices (835 So. Wolcott Ave., E270) to pick up a general agenda and suggested readings or email Susan at prior to the beginning of the rotation. On the 1st Monday of your rotation, report to the Orthopaedic Classroom, E290 at 7:00 am for the Sports Journal Club.


Updated: 6/30/14