The Division of Sports Medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine provides fellowship training in primary care sports medicine.  This one-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship provides training for Board-Certified/Eligible primary care physicians (family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine) who are interested in additional training in the medical needs of the athlete.  The goals of the program are to equip physicians:

  1. To provide care to athletes at every performance level
  2. To contribute to the body of knowledge in the growing field of sports medicine
  3. To teach sports medicine principles to other physicians and physicians in training
  4. To advocate for the benefits of exercise and sport in their practices, in their communities, and within their primary specialty; and 
  5. To continue lifelong learning in sports medicine.

UH Sports Medicine Fellowship Program (UHSM)



UHM Athletic Dept.

The UHSM fellow is an integral part of the sports medicine athletic health care team at the NCAA Division I University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Athletics Department.  Although the fellow functions under the supervision of program faculty, he/she assumes significant responsibility in the provision of primary medical care for the 500 UH varsity intercollegiate student-athletes.  The fellow also provides sports medicine care for the UH Manoa faculty, staff, and students.

The fellow’s schedule varies throughout the year.  A representative week is shown below.  There are required rotations in orthopaedic surgery, radiology/diagnostic imaging, cardiology, and physical therapy/rehabilitation, in addition to regular didactic sessions, research, athletic training room, and sports medicine clinic time. There is inherent flexibility in the fellow’s schedule, which allows for the pursuit of other electives.  Sporting event and practice coverage is shared with other UH team physicians and faculty. 

University Health Services, Manoa


The UHSM fellow is expected to engage in a meaningful research project during the fellowship.  This may be achieved by pursuing an individual research project or by significant contributions to ongoing research by sports medicine faculty. The fellow has access to faculty and university support in research development.

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Sports Medicine & Primary Care Clinic--UHSM
8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Sports Medicine Clinic—UHAD TR
 2:00-5:00 PM; Orthopaedic SM Clinic--UHAD TR
6:00-7:30 PM


Sports Medicine Clinic--UHSM
8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Sports Medicine Clinic--
4:15-6:15 PM


Primary Care Continuity Clinic

Sports Medicine Clinic --UHAD TR
2:00-5:00 PM


Didactics (2 hrs.)
and Research

Required Rotations*
and Research


Sports Medicine Clinic--UHSM
8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Sports Medicine Clinic--
2:00-5:00 PM

*Required Rotations include PT/Rehabilitation, Cardiology, and Musculoskeletal Radiology/Imaging.
The fellow rotates with 3-4 different orthopaedic surgery faculty for one-half day per week for 4 weeks in July-August.
The fellow also observes appropriate orthopaedic surgical cases.

UHSM: University Health Services Manoa
UHAD TR: University of Hawai‘i Athletic Dept. Training Room

The UHSM fellow participates in regular didactic education sessions that include a core conference lecture series of Sports Medicine topics, journal clubs, clinical case conferences, Sports Medicine Grand Rounds, and clinical correlation radiology conferences.

The Sports Medicine fellow will begin on July 1, 2010(Orientation on June 30, 2010).  Salary and benefits are those of the PGY IV level at the UHM John A. Burns School of Medicine.  Salary for 2010-2011 academic year is $55,840.  Additional information on benefits (as well as other useful information on moving to Hawai‘i) can be obtained from: Hawaii Residency Programs, 1356 Lusitana Street, Suite 510, Honolulu, HI  96813; (808) 586-2890. 

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UH Sports Medicine Faculty

The UH Sports Medicine Fellowship is directed by two core faculty members, however, the program is unique in that the fellow will interact with a number of different physicians and allied health professionals who are also involved in providing care for UH Manoa student-athletes.  Many of these clinical faculty members have additional training or significant experience in caring for high-level athletes. 

Andrew W. Nichols, MD


Program Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship


Professor and Chief, Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health,

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa


Medical Director and Adjunct Associate Professor, UH Athletic Training Education Program, Department of Kinesiology and Leisure Sciences, College of Education, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa


Head Team Physician, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Athletics Department

Dr. Nichols has served as the Head Team Physician for the UH Manoa Athletics Department since 1994.  He has also served as Team Physician for USA National Soccer and Water Polo teams. Dr. Nichols is a graduate of Stanford University, where he was a 4-year varsity letterman in competitive swimming. He received his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency and sports medicine fellowship at UCLA.  Dr. Nichols is Board certified in Family Medicine and holds a CAQ in Sports Medicine.  His research interests include sports injury management outcomes, the use of complementary-alternative medicine by athletes, knee cruciate ligament injuries in collegiate athletes, and evidence based medicine in Sports Medicine particularly the aspects of Sports and Athletic Medicine that apply specifically to Hawai'i and the Pacific region.

Sabrina Tan, MD


Associate Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program


Assistant Professor, Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health,

John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

Dr. Tan completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Sports Medicine Fellowship training at the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine.  She is Board-certified in Family Medicine and holds a CAQ in Sports Medicine. 


Application Information
The University of Hawai‘i Sports Medicine Fellowship participates in the primary care sports medicine fellowship match through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).  Applicants must be Board-certified or Board-eligible in Family Medicine, Pediatrics, or Internal Medicine.  Applicants must have passed Step 2 of the USMLE exam. Since applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, early application is strongly encouraged. 

No Applications being accepted for the 2012-2013 year. Please check back next year. Thank you for your interest.


Applications accepted for the University of Hawai‘i Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.*


Interviews conducted at UHM by invitation.


Applicants may submit rank order lists.


Match day.

Applicants may submit either the Universal Application for Residency available from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) or the Application for Sports Medicine Fellowship available through the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). Note: If using the NRMP application, please attach an addendum including residency location, dates and specialty, as well as Sports Medicine rotations, coverage, and conferences attended/presented.

Additional application materials to be submitted include:


Applications can be obtained through:

National Resident Matching Program
2501 M Street NW  Suite I
Washington, DC  20037-1307 


American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
11639 Earnshaw
Overland Park, KS  66210
Phone and FAX (913) 327-1415 

Please submit application and supporting documents to:

Andrew W. Nichols, M.D.

Program Director

University of Hawai'i Sports Medicine Fellowship Program

John A. Burns School of Medicine, Division of Sports Medicine

651 Ilalo Street

Honolulu, Hawaii  96813-5534


For further information regarding the UH Sports Medicine Fellowship, please contact:

Natalie Talamoa

Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Administrator
c/o University of Hawai'i Sports Medicine Fellowship
University of Hawai'i Family Medicine Residency Program
The Physician Center at Mililani
95-390 Kuahelani Ave.
Mililani, HI  96789
(808) 627-3239                    

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Last revised on August 23rd, 2011