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Sports Medicine

The Sports Medicine Fellowship at UHS Wilson Medical Center, established in 2005, offers a structured, one-year program that is flexible to meet individual interests and professional goals. With board certified sports medicine faculty and supporting board certified specialists, the program strives to provide training in sports medicine in an environment conducive to insuring the refinement of clinical skills while encouraging strong didactic learning in a supportive environment.

Fellows have the opportunity to work in two sports medicine clinics: Binghamton University (Division 1) and Broome Community College. The fellow also has the opportunity to teach in the UHS Wilson Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program and to medical students from SUNY Upstate Medical University Binghamton Clinical Campus.

UHS Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City, NY, is a 280-bed teaching hospital providing a full range of medical-surgical services, including cardiology, emergency medicine, neonatology, nephrology, maternity care, pediatrics, perinatology, pulmonary medicine, neuroscience, ophthalmology, and renal dialysis.

In addition to providing the traditional services typically found at a community hospital, UHS Wilson Medical Center is the gateway to high-intensity acute care and high technology diagnostics at UHS Hospitals. These services are available at the Decker Center for Advanced Medical Treatment, one of the newest UHS facilities.

UHS Sports Medicine Fellows are involved in providing sports medicine services throughout the year in a variety of sporting event and mass participation events including:

  • Dick's Open Senior PGA Golf Tournament
  • Chris Thater Memorial USA Cycling Race and 5K Run
  • Cayuga Lake Triathlon
  • Wine Glass Marathon
  • Bridge Run (half marathon)
  • Stop DWI Holiday Classic National High School Basketball Tournament
  • John Mack Lacrosse Tournament (largest indoor lacrosse tournament in North America)
  • Broome Community College Soccer, Basketball, Hockey and Lacrosse
  • Binghamton University Basketball and Lacrosse
  • Davis College Soccer and Basketball
  • Union-Endicott High School Football
  • Vestal Youth Football League

Program Director

Donald Nash, MD

Program Director

Medical School: Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel University School of Medicine)

Residency: UHS Wilson Medical Center, Family Medicine, Johnson City. NY Specialty Certification - Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine

Interests: Fly Fishing, Backpacking, Canoeing, Running, Weight Training. Brief career as a professional boxer. Played rugby for local and national-level teams for over 25 years. Many wilderness canoe expeditions, including eastern Siberia and Canadian Northwest Territories.

Message from Donald Nash, MD, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Director

"Welcome to the Sports Medicine Fellowship. Our program is a primary-care based experience that provides encounters with a diverse population of athletes, from little-league to Division 1! Fellows will work closely with local high school teams and with collegiate athletes at Broome Community College, Davis College and Binghamton University. Our program provides a strong background in the fundamentals of sports medicine while allowing time for the fellow to pursue individual areas of study as well."

Donald Nash, MD 
Program Director

Curriculum, Faculty and Fellowship

The UHS Sports Medicine Fellowship is organized in a 13-block rotation including:
  • Sports Medicine (3 blocks)
  • Orthopedics (3 blocks)
  • Radiology (1 block)
  • Cardiology (1 block)
  • Podiatry (1 block)
  • Urgent Care/Physical Therapy (1 block)
  • Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation (1 block)
  • Pain Management (1 block)
  • Physiology/Psychology/Nutrition (1 block)

In addition, the fellow is required to complete a scholarly project and an interdisciplinary quality improvement initiative. The fellow is expected to present their project(s) at a regional or national conference, as well as to other UHS residency programs. UHS sports medicine fellows have the opportunity to attend two local sports medicine conferences: Cayuga Lake Triathlon Sports Medicine Conference, put on by members of the UHS Sports Medicine Fellowship faculty and the Cooperstown Shoulder and Elbow Symposium.

The fellow's weekly schedule is comprised of rotational time, sports medicine clinics, didactics, scholarly and quality improvement activities, family medicine clinic, and game and event coverage.

All of our faculty are board-certified physicians:

Donald Nash, MD - Program Director/Attending faculty for urgent care
Andrew Getzin, MD - Attending faculty for sports medicine
Thomas Gudas, MD - Attending faculty for radiology
Jennifer Sweet, DPM - Attending faculty for podiatry
Matthew George, MPT - Attending faculty for physical therapy
Sue Connely, LCSW-R - Attending faculty for behavioral science
Andrea Barbis, LCSW-R - Attending faculty for behavioral science
Maureen Kennedy-May - Attending faculty for nutrition
Micah Lissy, MD - Attending faculty for orthopedic surgery and sports medicine

Current Sports Medicine Fellow:

Paul Han, MD - St. George's University

Sports Medicine Fellowship Graduates:

Preet Joshi, MD - Sports Medicine
Kate Grant, DO - Orthopaedic, Family Medicine
Joon Park, MD - Family Medicine, Sports Medicine
Luis Rodriguez, MD - Primary Care, Sports Medicine
Rowena Reyes, MD - Primary Care, Sports Medicine
Alexander Kats, MD - Sports Medicine, Hospitalist
Michael Tunick, DO - Primary Care, Sports Medicine
Romulo Vasquez, MD - Ross University
Scott Weiss, MD - Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics 
Hossein Zarrini, MD - Urgent Care, Sports Medicine at UHS
Amir Hendiani, MD - Ross University
David Li, DO - Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Stipends & Benefits

UHS Geriatric and Sports Medicine Fellowship Benefits

SALARY $60,000 (Year)

Sample Residency Agreement

BENEFITS
  • Insurance Coverage
    • Health Insurance: UHS is partnered with Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) to provide our employees with UHS Preferred Provider Organization (UHS PPO). UHS covers a major portion of the health insurance premiums. Premiums are deducted bi-weekly from your paycheck.
    • Pharmacy: Prescriptions may be filled through UHS, Community Practice Pharmacy, a Blue Cross network pharmacy or through mail order. Costs will be lowest at the Community Practice Pharmacy.
    • Life Insurance: Provided and paid for by the hospital, equal to your annual salary.
    • Malpractice Insurance: Provided and paid for by the hospital.
    • Dental Insurance: Standard and high option dental plans available at shared cost with the hospital.
  • Personal Time Off (vacations, holidays, board exams, interviews, unexpected absences including illnesses)
    • 27 days
  • Moving Allowance
    • A moving allowance of $300 is provided to each resident.
  • Professional Development Fund
    • Each fellow is allotted $1500/year to be used towards professional development, conferences, books, PDA's, software, stethoscopes, etc.
  • Academic Appointments
    • All fellows receive an academic appointment as a Clinical Assistant Instructor at Upstate Medical University (SUNY), Syracuse, New York.
    • Osteopathic fellows receive an additional academic appointment with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA.
  • Athletic/Gym Privileges
    • Fellows have access to the non-fee based athletic facilities at Binghamton University: gymnasium, weight room, indoor and outdoor tracks, pools, racquetball and tennis courts.

ON-SITE HOUSING - Eckelberger Tower

On-site housing is conveniently located across from the hospital. This spacious and comfortable facility is for residents, fellows and visiting medical students. Rent includes: heat, electric, water, air conditioning, standard cable television and wireless internet. Free laundry facilities, fitness center, parking, and trash removal.

Rent:
1 Bedroom: $550/month
2 Bedroom: $675/month
3 Bedroom: $900/month

To Apply

Successful completion of a residency in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine from an ACGME accredited program. The interested applicant should apply to our program using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), September through December 1st or submit the following materials:

  • Information describing your future plans in Sports Medicine.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation including one (1) from your Residency Program Director.
  • Intent to take either the Family Medicine or Internal Medicine board exam and thereafter the Sports Medicine Board Exam.

Applications should be e-mailed to: medical_education@uhs.org or mailed no later than December 1st to:

UHS Wilson Medical Center
Professional Recruiter Coordinator
40 Arch Street 
Johnson City, New York 13790

For more information e-mail: medical_education@uhs.org