Fellowship Programs


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  • Sports Medicine Fellowship

    The University of Mississippi Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship was established in 2008.  Our fellowship offers a unique and exciting post-doctoral educational opportunity for physicians trained in primary care specialties. It is the only primary care fellowship in sports medicine offered in Mississippi and is one of approximately 120 such programs in the United States. Our program accepts one fellow each academic year and is 12 months in length beginning on July 1 of each year.

    Dr. Christopher Boston
    Dr. Christopher Boston

    There are many highly qualified primary care physicians who finish residency in a multitude of specialties including family medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pediatrics, emergency medicine or internal medicine who desire to have certification in sports medicine. We are confident in our sports medicine fellowship's ability to provide the top-notch experiences and training necessary to prepare physicians from programs across the United States for this exciting field.

    How to apply

    Dr. Brian Tollefson
    Dr. Brian Tollefson

    Since our program participates in the sports medicine match program through NRMP, interested candidates must register for the match in the fall of the last year of residency training. Interested physicians who have completed a primary care residency program and are board-certified are also encouraged to apply.

    The fellowship application is available through the American Society of Sports Medicine website and is accepted through ERAS.  It must be submitted by October 15th of the application year. Interviews are offered in November and December. The match date for the Sports Medicine Fellowship is usually in January. For more information, call (601) 984-5425.

    Contact us

    For more information about the fellowship program, contact:

    • Christopher D. Boston, MD
              Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
              Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine
              Phone: (601) 984-5425
              E-mail: cboston2@umc.edu
    •  Brian Tollefson, MD, FACEP, RDMS
              CAQ Sports Medicine
              Director, Emergency Ultrasound
              Co-Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
              Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
              Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery 
                  & Rehabilitation
              Phone: (601) 984-5425
              E-mail: btollefson@umc.edu

    University of Mississippi Medical Center

    Boston covers FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup, Deer Valley, UT.
    Boston covers FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup, Deer Valley, UT.

    The University of Mississippi Medical Center provides an academic setting for the fellowship program. The availability of expertise in all areas of medicine and surgery provides ample support for any injury or illness one may encounter in sports medicine.

     The sports medicine fellow will function primarily in the Department of Family Medicine Sports Medicine clinics two and a half days each week, in his/her area of specialty one-half day per week, and one day a week in other specialty orthopedic and sports medicine clinics. One day each week is dedicated to didactic and self-directed learning as well as training room rounds at Millsaps College and area high schools.

    Fellowship schedule

    The fellow will not have call responsibilities with the residents. However, the fellow will be available for event coverage most nights of the week. The fellow will be limited to less than 80 hours per week with at least one day of each week without fellowship responsibilities.

    Upon successful completion of the program, the fellow will be eligible to sit for the CAQ examination in sports medicine through the American Board of Family Physicians. The salary offered for the fellowship is the PGY4 salary and includes all the benefits thereof. Eighteen days of personal leave and time off for the annual meeting of the American Society of Sports Medicine is provided.  In addition to the personal leave allowed, there are 9 UMMC holidays, including one floating holiday which may be taken at any time during the fiscal year (July-June) pending supervisor approval.

    High school and health care disparities

    Sports medicine fellows will provide care to student athletes in inner-city Jackson schools. University Sports Medicine has made a commitment to have a presence at Lanier and Provine high schools by assigning an ATC to each school. We also provide sports medicine coverage for several other schools in the surrounding area. 

    The fellow will be assigned to cover games for these schools frequently throughout the year.  Fellows will also have teaching responsibilities for students and residents who are rotating in sports medicine. 

    College athletes and student health

    In addition to the University of Mississippi, the sports medicine fellow will experience caring for collegiate athletes at Millsaps College and Tougaloo College in Jackson. The sports include football, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, lacrosse, baseball, softball, volleyball, tennis, golf and cross-country running. We believe that our programs offers the fellow a unique opportunity for exposure to all levels of athletes. 

    Professional sports and community events

    US Aerials Medical Team, FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup, Deer Valley, UT
    US Aerials Medical Team, FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup, Deer Valley, UT

    Sports medicine fellows will be involved in the care of local professional sports (Mississippi Braves,) and major sports events (Dixie National Rodeo, Sanderson Farms Classic PGA tour, Mississippi Blues Marathon) in the Jackson area.