Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Fellowship

The NYU PM&R Sports Medicine Fellowship Program provides a twelve month comprehensive sports medicine training program at a world class academic institution ranked top ten in both Rehabilitation Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery. The program accepts one fellow per year. The fellow receives individualized instruction working directly with sports medicine specialists in Rehabilitation Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery.

The fellow serves as a team physician for Saint Joseph's College - Brooklyn and provides medical coverage for the NYC Marathon, the Brooklyn Half Marathon, and a high school football team.

Dedicated bedside teaching and formal musculoskeletal ultrasound workshops are provided by faculty who are Registered in Musculoskeletal (RMSK) sonography. Elective opportunities include performing arts medicine at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, exercise physiology at the Sports Performance Center, fluoroscopic-guided spine and joint injections, and electrodiagnosis.

Throughout the year, the fellow works directly with an experienced orthopedic sports medicine specialist through the continuum of sideline, office and operating room care. The fellow also gains unique experience in the management of acute musculoskeletal trauma at our Orthopedic Immediate Care Center, learning alongside orthopedic surgery residents under the supervision of Emergency Medicine faculty.

The fellow participates in interdisciplinary Concussion Center journal club and interactive sports medicine educational conferences, co-learning with the neurology and primary care sports medicine fellows. Additionally, the fellow conducts weekly sports medicine board reviews and PM&R residency program sports education lecture series. The fellow has a key role in teaching residents sports medicine and musculoskeletal ultrasound skills.

Please click the following link for further information:  Sports Medicine fellowship

Program Aims

  1. To foster independence in performing fluoroscopic-guided spine procedures. 

  1. To meet eligibility prerequisites and pass the RMSK (Registered in Musculoskeletal sonography) exam. 

  1. To develop educational leaders who can successfully direct Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Sports Medicine curricula for a PM&R residency program.   

Admissions Process

The sports medicine fellowship program participates in the match. Candidates must submit their applications through ERAS. Candidates who are selected for interviews will be contacted.

Applications will be accepted for the 2021-2022 academic year in the summer of 2020.  The deadline for completed applications to be submitted for consideration will be August 31, 2020.



Lauren Poindexter, MD, MS, ATC
Hometown/State: La Canada, CA
Medical School: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (Roanoke, VA)
Grad School: University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
Residency: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock, AR)
Hobbies: Hiking with the pup, water sports, DIY interior design and garden projects, and traveling with my family.
Why Rusk? The multidisciplinary approach to sports medicine. I appreciate the opportunity to learn and work alongside physicians in the departments of Emergency Medicine, Primary Care, Pediatrics, Physiatry, and Orthopedics throughout the week..