EducationThe Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado consists of committed academic and clinical faculty representing orthopedic subspecialties in trauma, adult reconstruction, hand, foot and ankle, tumor, pediatrics, spine, and sports medicine.

The Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program is accredited by the Accrediation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), as well the fellowship programs of sports medicine, pediatrics, hand and upper extremity surgery, and spinal surgery.

Orthopedic surgery residents rotate annually through University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Denver Health Medical Center, and the Anschutz Centers for Advanced Medicine, including the Anschutz Inpatient and Outpatient Pavilions.

In addition to surgical training, the Department also emphasizes academic and research opportunities. It is the goal of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery to provide excellence in surgical training, academic learning, and research investigation that will prepare a resident for general practice, advanced fellowship training, or academic education and research.
CU Sports Medicine at the University of Colorado is pleased to offer three, one-year, ACGME-accredited Sports Medicine fellowship positions. Our mission is to train academically interested future leaders in sports medicine and shoulder surgery.

The fellowship experience is 52 weeks in duration, beginning August 1 each year, and includes:

  • Clinical activity: Fellows will be exposed to a variety of sports medicine and shoulder conditions, from simple to complex, emphasizing surgical and rehabilitation approaches. In addition to bread and butter sports medicine, fellows will gain unique clinical and surgical experience with joint preservation and cartilage restoration; hip arthroscopy and preservation; complex shoulder arthroscopy, reconstruction, and arthroplasty; pediatric sports medicine; and complex knee ligament reconstruction, including revision ACL reconstruction and multiligament knee surgery.
  • Research: Fellows will have dedicated research time with opportunities in evidence based clinical medicine and basic science research. Fellows will be expected to produce at least one publishable manuscript, and will gain experience in grant writing techniques.
  • Team physician experience: Fellows will serve as co-team physicians for the University of Colorado and the University of Denver varsity teams, as well as gain experience with the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets professional teams.
  • Academic curriculum: The sports medicine curriculum is based on the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) curriculum for sports medicine fellows and includes weekly lectures, journal club, anatomy review with cadaver dissections, and opportunities to use our bioskills laboratory.
  • Benefits: The stipend is commensurate with a University of Colorado Medical School PGY-6 salary. The fellow is provided malpractice insurance, medical insurance (for self and dependents), and 22 days of vacation. He or she is also sponsored at two continuing education/academic courses and can take the AOSSM fellowship or CAQ exam. 


  • Applicants must have completed an accredited residency program in Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Applicants must be licensed to practice in the State of Colorado and have a current DEA license
  • Fellows in our program must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee or possess the appropriate documentation to allow Fellows to legally train at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

Other Information

  • Attending Staff: Eric McCarty MD, Michelle Wolcott MD, Jonathan Bravman MD, Rachel Frank MD, Adam Seidl MD, Stephanie Mayer MD, Omer Mei-Dan MD, and Jay Albright MD

    Duration: 1 year (August 1 through July 31) 

  • How to apply

    To apply, you will need to participate in the orthopedic sports medicine fellowship match sponsored by AOSSM and administered by SFMatch.

    Contact: Jaci Widhalm

    CU Sports Medicine Fellowship, CU Orthopedics​

    12631 E. 17th Avenue, B202
    Aurora, CO 80045
    jaclyn.widhalm@cuanschutz.​edu ​

    University of Colorado Denver is an equal opportunity employer.

Sports Medicine Research

Sports Medicine ResearchOur physicians aren't just in the OR all day—they're advancing the field of sports medicine as a whole. 

Working closely with other research faculty, we search for ways to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of orthopedic injury, disease, and deformity.






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Management of acute achilles tendon rupture. Miller L, Spittler J, Khodaee M, Bravman JT, Lyon C, Hoffecker L. Am Fam Physician. 2015 Jun 1;91(11):794-800.

Unicortical versus bicortical locked plate fixation in midshaft clavicle fractures. Bravman JT, Taylor ML, Baldini T, Vidal AF. Orthopedics. 2015 May;38(5):e411-6.

Association of meniscal status, lower extremity alignment, and body mass index with chondrosis at revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Brophy RH, Haas AK, Huston LJ, Nwosu SK; MARS Group, Wright RW. Am J Sports Med. 2015 Jul;43(7):1616-22.

Biomechanical comparison of traditional anchors to all-suture anchors in a double-row rotator cuff repair cadaver model. Goschka AM, Hafer JS, Reynolds KA, Aberle NS 2nd, Baldini TH, Hawkins MJ, McCarty EC. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2015 Jun 14. pii: S0268-0033(15)00173-4. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2015.06.009.

Compressive cryotherapy versus ice-a prospective, randomized study on postoperative pain in patients undergoing arthroscopic rotator cuff repair or subacromial decompression. Kraeutler MJ, Reynolds KA, Long C, McCarty EC. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Mar 27. pii: S1058-2746(15)00077-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2015.02.004.


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