Sports Medicine Fellowship

Dr. McGrew

The fellowship is limited to two fellows per year, selected on a competitive basis that is open to physicians who are currently enrolled in or have successfully completed an ACGME accredited residency in Family Medicine or Emergency Medicine.

The goal of the fellowship is to provide a supportive and diverse learning environment for specialized training in sports medicine (non-surgical) and exercise related injuries within a system that provides high quality primary and sports medicine care for all patients, as well as the specific populations of recreational, elite, scholastic and NCAA Division 1 intercollegiate athletes.

The fellowship will provide the training opportunities needed to diagnosis and manage chronic/acute injuries and illnesses related to sports and exercise. Fellows will gain expertise in injury prevention, pre-participation evaluation, return-to-play criteria and rehabilitation. Fellows will function as a team physician at the high school and collegiate level and serve both individual patients and the community through the promotion of physical fitness and wellness. The fellow will be actively involved in education with participation and presentation in multiple teaching settings as well as working with other learners such as orthopedic sport fellows, residents, medical students, athletic trainers, physical therapists, coaches and athletes. Additionally, the fellow will be vigorously encouraged to develop and execute their own personal exercise/fitness regimen while working with the exercise physiology staff at the UNM Human Performance Lab.

Fellows work with and learn from fellowship trained sports medicine physicians and orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists, certified athletic trainers, musculoskeletal radiologists, sports psychologists, exercise physiologists, a sports nutritionist, and other specialists.

Our team has nationally reviewed and published research in numerous journals including topics in traumatic brain injury, shoulder and knee reconstruction, and athletic medicine.

As of 2010, the ACGME has continued accreditation for the Sports Medicine Fellowship, through 2023

Please view the different categories below for more information about this fellowship.

Sports Medicine - Eligibility

refereeIf the applicant is accepted and appointed to the UNM Health Sciences Center, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, the following are required prior to starting the Fellowship:

  1. The applicant must be currently enrolled in or have graduated from an ACGME accredited Family Medicine or Emergency Medicine Residency Program, and,
  2. Physicians who are not U.S. citizens must have a valid work permit or a J-1 (H-1 visas are not sponsored).
  3. The following Licenses and Certifications:
    • Unrestricted New Mexico Medical license
    • DEA license
    • New Mexico Controlled Substance Registration Certificate

Primary Care Sports Medicine - Application Process

Application Information

All fellowship position openings are offered through the NRMP. All application materials must be submitted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service).

We will begin accepting applications for the 2016 Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship in July, 2015. 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) (of which, one letter should be from your Residency Program Director);
  • A complete list of all Sports Medicine related rotations finished;
  • Medical school diploma;
  • Medical school transcript;
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores;
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable); and,
  • Copies of your licenses.

Please note: Check the ERAS site for a complete list of required documents.

Early submission of application materials is encouraged. The deadline for completed applications is October 15, 2015. At the present time, we are accepting applicants who are completing or have completed a residency in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 

Year 2016 Application Deadline

The University of New Mexico Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship deadlines are as follows:

  • Application must be submitted in the ERAS system NO LATER THAN October 15, 2015.
  • Interviews are invitation only and will be held between October 1 and November 19, 2015.
  • Rank List due by December 16, 2015.
  • Match day is January 6, 2016.
  • Start day is July 1, 2016.
  • Fellows will be required to attend the AMSSM Fellows Research Conference.

Requests for program information may be sent to:

Fellowship Coordinator
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

UNM sponsored programs participate in the National Residency Matching Program and other specialty matches to fill their positions. The University is of New Mexico an Equal Opportunity employer and makes selections based on the preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. Programs do not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, ancestry, medical conditions or ACGME required status.

Sports Medicine - Environment

lobo trackThe Albuquerque area provides superb opportunities for sporting event coverage. Fellows will be involved in the care of the University of New Mexico (Division I) athletic teams as well as sports teams in several high schools. Special community events such as rodeo and mass participation events may also be available for fellow involvement. Additionally, Albuquerque, with its Southwest mountainous and desert terrain, and with its year round sunshine and dry climate, offers the fellow incredible outdoor opportunities for sports and recreation. To learn more about Albuquerque and New Mexico, click here.

Primary Care Sports Medicine Program


The program is directed by Chris McGrew, M.D. Dr. McGrew has been at the University of New Mexico since 1990 and is a Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. He serves as an assistant team physician for the University of New Mexico. He is a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and is a charter member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

Dr. McGrew
Program Director
Christopher McGrew, M.D., FACSM
Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine
Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Division of Sports Medicine
UNM Lobos Assistant Team Physician

The assistant program director is Matthew Tennison, MD.  Dr. Tennison graduated from the University of Arizona fellowship program in ​2012 and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He serves as an assistant team physician for the University of New Mexico Lobos. He is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

 Assistant Program Director
Matthew Tennison, M.D.
Assistant Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Depts of Emergency Medicine &  Family & Community Medicine
UNM Lobos Assistant Team Physician