Sports Medicine Fellowship

About the Program

The UI Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is an ACGME accredited fellowship program offering two fellowship positions per year. 
Graduates of the accredited program will be equipped to function as clinical providers, educators and leaders in sports medicine. 
Our goal is to be a premiere primary care sports medicine fellowship program.


The fellows will have broad exposure to every aspect of sports medicine, including:

  • Clinics with Primary Care Sports Medicine faculty
  • Clinics with Orthopaedic Sports Medicine faculty
  • Rotations with:
    • Hand Clinic
    • Foot/Ankle Clinic
    • Fracture Clinic
    • Musculoskeletal Radiology
    • Spine/Physiatry Clinic
    • Advance Diagnostic and Procedural Ultrasound Clinic 
  • Primary Care 1/2 day in your specialty
  • 1/2 day academic time

Team Coverage

Medical coverage is provided for over 700 Division I athletes on 20 teams at the University of Iowa.  In addition coverage is provided for:

Didactic Program

The fellows will participate in weekly multi-disciplinary conferences with orthopaedic sports medicine, radiology, physical therapy, and athletic training.  In addition, there are journal clubs at faculty homes every month to review both current and classic literature in sports medicine.

The University of Iowa also has a state-of-the-art musculoskeletal ultrasound training.  This includes weekly didactic and hands on sessions as well as clinical experience with PRP TENEXTM and stem cell therapies.

Academic Curriculum

  • Fellows will attend and present at AMSSM and ACSM
  • Robust research opportunities
  • Opportunity to teach University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine medical students and residents

Quick Facts

  • The free-standing Sports Medicine Clinic opened in October 2009
  • The Sports Medicine Clinic has approximately 18,500 visits per year and over 3,000 ultrasound procedures performed per year
  • ACGME accredited Sports Medicine Fellowship program began in 2011
  • Two fellows per year

Our Goals and Objectives for Training

The goal of the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship is to provide a comprehensive, diverse, educational experience in the field of Sports Medicine. Graduates will possess the clinical competence needed to diagnose and manage medical illnesses and injuries related to sports and exercise in a variety of athletes and physically active patient populations. The fellowship will also provide experience in functioning in the role of Team Physician to high school and NCAA Division I student-athletes.

By the end of the 12-month training program, fellows will be proficient in all six ACGME core competencies applicable to the field of Sports Medicine. Specifically, fellows will be able to:

  • Provide continuing, comprehensive care for health problems related to sports and exercise
  • Perform technical procedures, such as: casting and splinting, arthrocentesis and intra-articular joint injections
  • Perform diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and ultrasound guided procedures
  • Develop pre-participation examination programs, as well as conduct thorough pre-participation exams for organized athletes of a wide range of ages
  • Identify and effectively communicate representative inpatient and outpatient orthopaedic procedures
  • Provide on-site care and management to participants at various sporting events. Serve as team physician to several University of Iowa athletic teams which engage in seasonal sports and provide comprehensive and continuing care to team student-athletes
  • Serve as a team physician for a local high school
  • Plan and implement medical coverage for a mass participation event to include: providing medical consultation, direct patient care, event planning, protection of participants, coordination with local EMS systems and other medical aspects of mass participation of events
  • Discern how a variety of disciplines impact the field of sports medicine including, but not limited to: physiology and biomechanics, nutrition, pathology and pathophysiology of illness and injury, pharmacology, sports psychology, ethics and medical/legal aspects of exercise and sports
  • Provide appropriate in-patient and in-patient follow-up care
  • Provide patient, medical student, resident-education regarding sports medicine to patients, families, colleagues, allied health personnel, and community sports medicine networks
  • Conduct sports medicine scholarly activity
  • Utilize evidence-based medicine in clinical sports medicine practice
  • Maintain primary specialty skills

UI Sports Medicine

The UI Sports Medicine Center will be the principle site of fellowship training. The UI Sports Medicine Center is a comprehensive multidisciplinary academic sports medicine center providing primary care sports medicine, orthopedic sports medicine, physical therapy, athletic training and radiology and musculoskeletal ultrasound services. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) will serve as the primary facility for inpatient, outpatient continuity clinics, and emergency department clinical training.

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Sample Weekly Schedule

Below is a sample weekly schedule for a fellow during the fall months. Please note that schedules change quarterly to tailor the clinical curriculum to the needs of the individual learner.

Morning Conference  
Primary Care Sports Medicine

1.Evidence Based Medicine Conference
2.Case  Conferences
3.MSK Radiology Conference
4. Ultrasound Education Conference

AM ClinicSports Medicine ClinicSports Medicine ClinicSub-specialty Clinic (Rotated between Fracture, Foot/Ankle, Hand and Spine Clinics)Sports Medicine ClinicAdministrative/
Scholarly Activity
PM ClinicConcussion Clinic – PetersonPrimary CareMSK UltrasoundSports Medicine ClinicSports Medicine Clinic 
High School Training Room   High School Football
Game Coverage
Iowa Football Game Coverage & Sunday Training Room

Program Accreditation

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Board Certification Requirements

Visit the American Board of Family Medicine for specifics on board certification requirements for a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Sports Medicine.

How to Apply

All required clinical education for entry into ACGME-accredited fellowship programs must be completed in an ACGME-accredited residency program, or in an RCPSC-accredited or CFPC-accredited residency program located in Canada.

 Prior to appointment in the program, fellows should have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in emergency medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, or physical medicine and rehabilitation or in such a program located in Canada and accredited by the RCPSC or CFPC.

 Fellowship programs must receive verification of each entering fellow’s level of competency in the required field using ACGME or CanMEDS Milestones assessments from the core residency program.  

All applicants must be eligible to obtain a Permanent License to practice medicine in the state of Iowa.

The program participates in the National Residency Matching Program. All applicants must apply through Electronic Residency Application Service(ERAS®). Our application deadline is September 1 of each academic year.

Our People

Lisa Kouba portrait

Lisa Kouba
Academic Program Management & Services Associate
Department of Family Medicine
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive, 01110-F PFP
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Phone: 1-319-384-5078
Fax: 1-319-384-7822

Our Faculty

Emergency Medicine

Family Medicine

  • Britt Marcussen, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor, Program Director of Family Medicine/Sports Medicine
  • Tyler Slayman, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor


  • Andrew Peterson, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine, Clinical Professor, Concussion Clinic Director, Director of Concussion Program, Head Team Physician for UI Athletics
  • Lisa Woodroffe, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Female Athlete Health


Physiatry and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound


Program Director

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Britt Marcussen, MD

Program Director
Clinical Associate Professor

Associate Program Director

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Ryan Kruse, MD

Associate Program Director
Clinical Assistant Professor

Current Fellows

  • Michael Krill, MD, team physician for University of Iowa Athletics and Regina High School
  • Kira Novakofski, MD, team physician for University of Iowa Athletics and Washington High School

Incoming Fellows

Recruiting soon for 2022-2023. Check back for updates.


  • Alecia Gende, DO, CAQ in Sports Medicine
  • Lauren Rudolph, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine
  • Ryan Kruse, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine
  • Lisa Woodroffe, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine
  • Stephen Almasi, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine
  • Jacob Erickson, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine
  • Christopher Hogrefe, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine
  • Kim Hornbeck, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine
  • Julia Iafrate, DO, CAQ in Sports Medicine
  • Britt Marcussen, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor
  • Ross Mathiasen, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine
  • Mark McEleney, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine
  • Matthew Negaard, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine
  • Sathishkumar Rajasekaran, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine
  • Tyler Slayman, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine
  • Natalie Stork, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine
  • Timothy Thomsen, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine
  • Kathy Vidlock, MD, CAQ in Sports Medicine
  • Rachel Erickson, DO, CAQ eligible
  • Mary Terese Whipple, MD, CAQ eligible