Sports Medicine Fellowship Director’s Welcome
As the Fellowship Director, I welcome you and thank you for your interest in our program. We are ACGME accredited for 1 position per year and welcome applicants with a residency in family medicine.
We have three sports medicine clinics in Janesville, Wisconsin, that the fellow will rotate through, along with multiple training rooms at two different Division III schools. The fellowship provides extensive sports coverage with the fellow to serve as a team physician for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Beloit College, numerous high school, and a professional minor league hockey team. The fellow also serves as a race director and helps plan the medical management for the Ice Age Trail 50.
We are committed to providing our fellow with innovative, exciting and enjoyable training experiences that are both challenging and rewarding. We are also committed to providing a flexible, supportive and responsive learning environment within a unique approach to the educational paradigm. We have great diversity in our curriculum and experiences and we encourage the fellow to tailor their rotations to their interests and career goals.
Thank you for your interest in our program. We hope you will explore our program and learn more about us by navigating our website. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact our coordinator Kelly Potter.
Best of luck and I look forward to meeting you all in the future!
Dennys Maldonado, MD, ABFM, CAQSM, RMSK
About Our Program
The Mercyhealth Sports Medicine Fellowship is a community-based program located in the heart of Janesville, Wisconsin. Janesville is known as Wisconsin’s Park Place and is located within a short drive to Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago.
Unlike bigger university programs that compete with other private orthopedic, sports medicine and pain management physicians for referrals and patient volume, our sports medicine clinics serve as the primary source of musculoskeletal medicine for all age groups in the region. Additionally, we provide complete medical care for the majority of athletes in the Janesville, Beloit and Whitewater areas.
Our Sports Medicine Fellowship combines NCAA Division III sports coverage with experiences evaluating and treating patients with varied musculoskeletal complaints. The fellow participates in coverage of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Beloit College and multiple different high school sporting events throughout the year, including football, basketball, wrestling and more. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is the major university located in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Home to the Warhawks, this NCAA Division III football team has won the Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship 36 times and is frequently ranked #1 in Division III football. Beloit College is another Division III athletic school, which is home to the Buccaneers. In addition to high school, college and university game coverage, our fellow also covers the Janesville Jets, a professional minor league hockey team. The fellow receives exposure to a wide variety of sports medicine opportunities, including team physician responsibilities, game coverage, concussion management, and development and implementation of medical coverage for mass participation events, including the Ice Age Trail 50.
Our fellowship director, Dr. Dennys Maldonado and the sports fellow function as team physicians. At our primary care sports medicine clinic, the fellow also evaluates and treats patients from all walks of life who suffer from musculoskeletal conditions. Additionally, the fellow works with sports medicine-trained orthopedists in the office and on the sidelines at the high school, university/college and professional level.
By completing a diverse curriculum involving multiple specialties, the fellow will develop and master a well-rounded, multi-faceted approach to the diagnosis and treatment of the sports medicine patient. Our program is heavy in diagnostic ultrasound and other procedures ranging from SI joint injections, lumbar facet injections, muscle and tendon injections, tenotomies (Tenex), fracture management and interpretation of musculoskeletal radiology (x-rays, MRI and CT scans) to name a few. The fellow has the opportunity to become RMSK certified, Tenex certified and Sports Medicine Board Certified while in fellowship.
We participate in the Sports Medicine match.
Our curriculum is developed to optimize the fellow’s educational experience while meeting the standards set forth by the ACGME. The fellowship begins with core rotations (two months of intense sports medicine clinic) and a set of core lectures, followed by elective time to focus on and further develop skills in their areas of interest. The curriculum is comprised of high-quality rotations and protected lecture time while being flexible and adapting to meet the evolving needs of the fellow and the program. Diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and therapeutic guided ultrasound injections are heavily incorporated into the sports medicine curriculum. Fellows receive an ultrasound machine to take home for the year to practice their diagnostic ultrasound skills.
The above schedule is a representation of the remaining ten months of fellowship (after completion of the initial mandatory two months of core sports medicine clinic). The fellow is required to spend one full day with each of the two primary care sports medicine attendings during the remaining 10 months. The “full day” can be divided up into two half days of core primary care sports medicine with each attending or can be completed as one full day. It is the fellow’s preference of which half/full day they would like to choose. The fellow is required to have their own sports medicine clinic one half day per week (always on Tuesday morning) and a primary care continuity clinic (always on Thursday afternoon).
Electives include cardiology, physical therapy, exercise science, nutrition, ortho OR time, pediatric sports medicine, upper extremity (shoulder/elbow) clinic, hand/wrist clinic, hip/knee clinic, foot/ankle clinic, radiology, pain management, regenerative medicine. If the fellow finds an elective not mentioned that they are interested in, the fellowship will incorporate that elective into the fellow’s curriculum.
The fellow must either complete a research project or a case presentation (to be submitted to the AMSSM). Additionally, the fellow must complete one quality improvement project. Fellows will receive sufficient support and assistance to help them complete these requirements.
All fellowship position openings are offered through the NRMP. All application materials must be submitted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service).
Please submit your application and the following supporting documentation via the ERAS system:
- Photograph of yourself
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Personal statement
- MSPE (Medical Student Performance Evaluation; formerly known as the Dean’s letter)
- Letters of recommendation – three (3), one of which should be from your Residency Program Director)
- Medical school diploma
- Medical school transcript
- USMLE or COMLEX scores
- ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
Other requirements may or may not be required by the ERAS/NRMP
AMSSM Code of Ethics should be emailed directly to the Program Coordinator.
Early submission of application materials is encouraged. Please see the ERAS timelines for deadlines. At present, we are only accepting applicants who are completing or have completed a residency in family medicine.
If the applicant is accepted and appointed to the Mercyhealth Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, the following are required before starting the Fellowship:
The applicant must be currently enrolled in or have graduated from an ACGME accredited Family Medicine Residency Program.
The following licenses, certifications and records:
- Unrestricted Wisconsin Medical License
- BLS and ACLS certifications
- Immunization records
Please note that Mercyhealth will pay for fellow’s Wisconsin medical license, DEA license and other required certifications.
Salary and Benefits
The fellow will be compensated $550 for the first week of fellowship (orientation). Afterward, the fellow shall receive pro-rata annual compensation of $63,500 payable in bi-weekly installments by Mercyehalth’s normal payroll practices.
Financial relocation assistance is available for fellows required to move. The relocation allowance is up to a maximum of $2,500. This service must be coordinated with the Program Manager.
Fellow receives 21 days of paid time off. These may be used according to the fellow’s needs for vacation, personal or sick time. Vacation and personal time are scheduled by mutual agreement between fellow and Program Manager. Each year, the fellow is allowed five paid days for approved conferences above and beyond the three weeks paid vacation time.
Fellows receive six business days of paid holidays each contract year. Mercyhealth observes the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. This time off is part of the paid time off benefit so will be recorded as PTO when holidays are taken.
Insurance and Retirement
Mercyhealth provides other benefits, including health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance and retirement plans. See the “Salary and Benefits” section under Family Medicine.
Professional Liability Coverage
Malpractice insurance (for any services performed within the scope of the duties of the program) is fully covered by Mercyhealth.
Fellow receives up to five paid CME business days per contract year. Each fellow will receive up to $3,000 CME allowance to assist with expenses associated with continuing medical education. Additionally, the AMSSM national conference is paid for by the program.
If approved by the Program Director, fellows are allowed to moonlight for Mercyhealth (urgent care, hospitalist, etc).
Fellows will receive a laptop computer to be used during the fellowship year. Fellows will also receive two dry-fit Mercyhealth Sports Medicine Fellowship shirts and a Mercyhealth Sports Medicine branded jacket. Mercyhealth will also pay for fellow’s Wisconsin medical license, DEA license and other required certifications.