Sports Medicine Fellowship

Our Mission

Our mission is to produce excellent sports medicine physicians equipped for a lifetime of learning who are prepared for a successful and fulfilling career in sports medicine. During their training our fellow(s) provide sports medicine care to our patients from the Gainesville community and beyond. These patients range in age, gender, race, ethnicity and athletic ability.

Program Aims

  1. To have over 90% of graduates pass the Sports Medicine CAQ on their first attempt;
  2. To have greater than 50% of graduates employed in a sports medicine related practice;


Drs. Apicella and Gillette
Drs. Gillette & Apicella getting oriented to the practice facilities in preparation for caring for our Gator athletes.

The University of Florida has a history of outstanding athletics and a reputation for excellence in medicine. The UF Sports Medicine Fellowship combines elements of both to create an outstanding educational experience for the sports medicine fellow. This ACGME accredited fellowship adds to the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine’s long legacy of excellence in education.

Established in 2007, our goal is to produce excellent sports medicine physicians equipped for a lifetime of learning who are prepared for a successful and fulfilling career in sports medicine.

Our faculty are members of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
American College of Sports Medicine
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Who is Eligible

Our ACGME-accredited fellowship program accepts up to three fellows each year and is open to applicants trained in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics. Applicants’ residency training must be from an ACGME-accredited residency program. Our program does not accept J-1 Visa applicants at this time.

What and Where You’ll Learn

Our 12-month curriculum provides the fellow with teaching and abundant exposure to athletic teams and events at the University of Florida and greater North Florida area. Most activities occur at the UF Student Health Care Center, the UF Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute and the University Athletic Association’s training rooms and facilities on the UF campus.

  • Experiences: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Curriculum; Orthopedic Rotations in: Pediatrics, Upper Extremity, Foot & Ankle, and Sports Surgery; Concussion Management; Acute Care and College Health; Cadaver-based Anatomy; Physical Therapy; Sports Performance; Sports Cardiology; Musculoskeletal Radiology.
  • Team Coverage: University of Florida; Santa Fe College; and Alachua County high schools. This includes all sports and many post-season competitions.
  • Mass Event Coverage: Florida Relays.
  • Learning on the Move: Sports Performance rotation at Intermountain Healthcare in Park City, UT; AMSSM National Meeting; World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) Performance Center in Orlando, FL; and multiple UF Athletics away and post-season competitions. Financial support is provided.
  • Scholarly Activity: Research project (faculty assistance with planning and IRB approval); writing project (faculty with multiple projects for fellow involvement); weekly didactic sessions by faculty to fellow on topics likely to be covered on the CAQ exam.


Fellows are employed by the University of Florida College of Medicine as PGY-4 or PGY-5 housestaff for salary and benefit purposes. For more information, please visit the University of Florida Graduate Medical Education website at In addition to UF benefits, the following are available to our fellows:

  • Generous travel reimbursement
  • Time away for national conferences

Gator football helmets and gator head inside the Swamp at the University of Florida.

Apply for the Experience of a Lifetime

Applicants must have completed residency training from an ACGME accredited program by the time of matriculation.

  • Submit your application through ERAS (ACGME ID: 1271112114) by August 18th prior to the entering year.
  • Those invited to interview will be requested to submit copies of the first page of all publications and presentations listed in your application.

Application questions should be directed to:

UF Sports Medicine Fellowship
Coordinator, Alayna Reddick
UF Student Health Care Center
P.O. Box 117500
Gainesville, FL 32611-7500
Phone: (352) 294-7440

Questions about the fellowship may be emailed to Fellowship Coordinator, Ms. Alayna Reddick at or Fellowship Director, Dr. Jay Clugston at

Program Accomplishments

Notable Sports Medicine Fellow and Faculty accomplishments. Bio and publication information is linked in the Names to Know section.

  • The UF College of Medicine awarded Dr. Cheree Padilla the 2023 Exemplary Teacher Award based on her teaching excellence of medical students, residents, and fellows.
  • Chari Holder, who served as the program coordinator for 16 years, retired in August 2023 after 34 years with the University of Florida and the Student Health Care Center.
  • Dr. Cheree Padilla received a Faculty Enhancement Opportunity grant in June 2023 to attend the Medical Examination of Dive Medicine course in New Orleans, LA, September 2023.
  • Dr. Katie Edenfield will be accompanying the USA Swimming and Diving contingent to their Singapore training camp and subsequent World Aquatic Championships in Japan this summer (2023) as part of her role as Head team Physician for USA Swimming.
  • Dr. Jocelyn Gravlee named Director of the UF Student Health Care Center, June 2023
  • Dr. Jocelyn Gravlee named Interim Director of the UF Student Health Care Center, beginning July 2022
  • Dr. Katie Edenfield named Head Team Physician for USA Swimming for the 2022 & 2023 World Championships and the 2024 Paris Olympics, announced February 2022.
  • Dr. Jay Clugston received the Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service award from the Southeastern Conference, June 2021.
  • Matt Walser, PA-C received the UF Special Accomplishment Award and UF Superior Accomplishment Award 2020-2021 for his work with COVID Operations and UF Screen Test and Protect, April 2021.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jay Clugston for being named a Fellow of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine in January 2020.
  • Dr. Guy Nicolette served as Sports Medicine Fellowship Director from 2010-2018; UF Team Physician from 1996-2001 & 2009-2018; and Santa Fe College Team Physician from 2005-2013.
  • CHFM Golden Gator Teaching Award 2017-2018 awarded to Dr. Jocelyn Gravlee at January 2019 CHFM Faculty Meeting.
  • SEC Team Physician of the Year 2018 awarded to Dr. Jay Clugston.
  • UF College of Medicine 2018 Exemplary Teacher Award went to Dr. Jocelyn Gravlee. She has received this award every year since 2009.
  • USA Swimming invited Dr. Katie Edenfield to serve as Team Physician for 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
  • AMSSM awarded the 2018 Best Overall Research Award to Dr. Jason Zaremski for his study An Unaccounted Workload Factor: Pitch Counts in High School Baseball Pitchers. An Observational Study.
  • AMSSM awarded the 2018 NCAA Research Award to Dr. Stephen Carek for his work on Interventricular Septum Measurements in Pre-Participation Screening of Collegiate Athletes: Understanding the Grey Zone.
  • AMSSM awarded the 2018 Traveling Fellowship Program to Scandinavia to Dr. Jason Zaremski.
  • Faculty members Drs. Smith, Zaremski, Prine, and Clugston participated in the 2018 Collaborative Solutions for Safety in Florida High School Sports meeting. Check out the article The Gainesville Sun published!
  • Dr. Guy Nicolette won a 2017 Exemplary Teacher Award
  • USA Swimming invited Dr. Katie Edenfield to serve as Team Physician for World Junior Championship 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Dr. Katie Edenfield received the 2016 AMSSM Foundation Research Grant for her project Cardiovascular Screening with History, Physical, ECG and Echo in College Athletes. 5-Year Results from Two Division I Institutions
  • AMSSM awarded the 2013 NCAA Research Award to Dr. Daniel Herman for his work on Concussion Increases the Risk of Subsequent Lower Extremity MSK Injury in Collegiate Athletes.

Names to Know

Faculty from multiple UF departments and other top institutions are involved in Fellowship clinical rotations.



Please view our UF Sports Medicine Fellowship Google Scholar profile, where you can view our fellowship faculty publications.

Faculty and Alumni Books

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