AMSSM SMRC (Sports Medicine Resident Council)


The AMSSM Board of Directors approved the formation of the SMRC (Sports Medicine Resident Council) to engage Resident members and increase their involvement in the AMSSM. The seven-member council of nationally elected officers consists of five resident representatives (one from each primary specialty) along with a SMRC President and a Communications Representative each serving a one-year term (January through December) governing the SMRC with a focus on developing, sustaining and advocating on behalf of all trainees interested in sports medicine.



The AMSSM SMRC wants to promote AMSSM Resident members on our social media sites (Instagram, Med-Twitter, Facebook). Submit online form (above) that includes a photo that you've uploaded of yourself doing sideline coverage, receiving an award, making a presentation, involved in a research project, something you're doing at a residency rotation you want to highlight, etc.

AMSSM SMRC Resident Spotlight Submission Form


The AMSSM Foundation awarded $500 Resident Scholarships to six applicants in 2022. The Scholarship Program provides assistance for residents to attend the AMSSM Annual Meeting. The Resident Scholarship award is given annually to the residents who best demonstrate a commitment to a career in Sports Medicine. Scholarship Application submission will open in late fall. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Membership Committee and decisions will be emailed in late-February. – You must be logged into the AMSSM website to access the Resident Scholarship link when available.

AMSSM Foundation Resident/Student Scholarship Application





  1. What type of residency should I choose to be eligible for primary care sports medicine fellowships?
    An applicant should evaluate their interests and goals for the future when they choose a residency. A person interested in sports medicine can do a residency in family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, emergency medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Remember that your primary care training should be your priority.
  2. How do I research individual fellowships?
    A listing of fellowships can be found on the AMSSM, AAFP, AOASM and individual fellowship websites. Attending the AMSSM Annual Meeting and networking with people from the various fellowship programs can give information that is not found on the websites. This can best be done during the Annual Meeting Fellowship Fair. You can also go to the ERAS website to find a list of accredited fellowship programs participating in the electronic application system.
  3. How do I decide which programs to apply?
    Consider: what area of the country you want to train, whether in a community or university, which sports are included in the fellowship, are you interested in research, what credentials does the faculty have, and what benefits the program offers.
  4. Does accreditation matter? How do I find out about accreditation?
    It is important to attend an accredited fellowship; otherwise, you will not be qualified to take the certificate of added qualification examination in sports medicine. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) website lists programs that are accredited.
  5. What are the important dates to remember?
    • June: Register for ERAS Application System
    • July 1: ERAS application system open for data entry
    • July 15: Programs can begin review of ERAS applications.
    • September – November:  Application Deadline (varies by program)
    • September: NRMP match opens for registration
    • December: NRMP rank order list deadline
    • Beginning of January: Match Day
  6. How do I sign up for the match?
    Visit the National Resident Matching Program website to register for the match. It is a $50 fee to register and enter the rank list.
  7. Are all fellowship programs included in the match?
    No. There are several programs including the military sites that are not included in the match.
  8. Is there an electronic application process like ERAS for residency?
    Yes. The AMSSM will began using ERAS for the application process in June of 2013 for the 2014 match class. See AMSSM website for more details.
  9. How do I strengthen my application?
    AMSSM provides a pdf example of the ERAS application to use as a guide to exemplify what program directors expect in qualified candidates.  Experience and interest early on, presentations at local/regional/national meetings and attending AMSSM conferences can help set you apart during the process.  Meeting program directors at the Fellowship Fair during the Annual Meeting as well as getting involved is also a great way to promote your application and learn more about individual programs.
  10. Should I do an away rotation?
    This is always a difficult decision and should not be made without a lot of thought. Generally, it is a good idea to get to know the programs that interest you. It is beneficial to understand the day-to-day activities of the fellowship when making your decision for rank lists. A great way to gain that understanding is through elective rotations.
  11. I'm a PM&R Resident how do I prepare for a Fellowship Application?
    Click here for more information.


American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM):
  • National primary care sports medicine organization
  • Website:
  • Become a member as a resident
  • Go to Annual Conference during second year (spring) or earlier
  • Sponsored journals: Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, British Journal of Sports Medicine and Sports Health Journal
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM):
  • National sports medicine and exercise science organization
  • Website:
  • Become a member as a resident
  • Go to annual conference during second year (spring) or earlier
  • Sponsored journals: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Exercise and Sport Sciences Review, Current Sports Medicine Report, Sports Medicine Bulletin
Away Rotation:
  • At fellowship of interest
  • At fellowship with known faculty within AMSSM (future letter of recommendation)
  • Two-week rotation is enough
  • If doing two-week rotations – do rotations at different fellowships
  • Do rotations during: Spring of 2nd year & Fall of 3rd year
  • See AMSSM website – has contact info and link to web pages for individual programs
  • Each program has different policies regarding outside resident rotations
  • Contact programs early – they fill up fast for outside resident rotators (priority given to internal residents for rotation time) – Consider starting 6 months ahead of time
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