Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship in Hershey, PA

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Two distinct fellowship programs offer fellowship positions in connection with the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Family and Community Medicine Residency Program. Each program is distinct although joint learning opportunities are provided. Both fellowship programs participate with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and subscribe to all application, interviewing, and match list deadlines specified by the NRMP. For more information in regard to each Penn State fellowship program, follow the links below.

  1. Penn State Hershey Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship - Hershey, PA
  2. Penn State Hershey Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship - State College, PA

Primary Care Sports Medicine in Hershey

Penn State Hershey Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship offers an intense year in sports medicine to prepare for a clinical or academic career, covering the full spectrum of sports medicine, occupational medicine, cardiac rehabilitation and fitness.

Responsibilities include teaching, research, and care of preadolescent, high school, college, professional, and recreational athletes. Penn State Hershey Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Matthew Silvis, M.D., Program Director

Marsha Sauer, Program Coordinator

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Mail Code H154
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA  17033
Phone:  717-531-8752
Fax:  717-531-5024

Penn State Hershey Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is co-sponsored by the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. This fellowship position is open to board eligible or certified candidates in Family and Community Medicine and is fully accredited by the ACGME. The fellowship is 12 months in duration and provides comprehensive clinical and academic training in primary care sports medicine. Fellowship graduates will be fully prepared and eligible to successfully complete the examination for the Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine (CAQ) offered by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Applicants are required to be residency trained in family medicine and certified by the American Board of Family Medicine or scheduled to take the board certification prior to the start of their fellowship.  Interested applicants should have a significant commitment to an academic career in primary care sports medicine. The fellow will be appointed at the appropriate post-graduate level consistent with previous experience and training and will receive a stipend and benefits consistent with the level of appointment.

The fellowship program participates with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Penn State Hershey Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program subscribes to all application, interviewing, and match list deadlines specified by the NRMP.

Requirements

  1. Completed application (via ERAS)
  2. Three (3) original letters of support from physicians who have supervised you in a clinical setting (via ERAS). One (1) letter of support must be from a sports medicine physician.
  3. All applicants must have completed or must be in the process of completing an ACGME accredited family medicine residency.

  • Length of Fellowship: One year  (July 1 - June 30)
  • Number of Positions:  One
  • Prerequisites: Board Eligible/Board Certified in Family and Community Medicine, eligible for full Pennsylvania Medical license
  • Stipend:  HO-IV Salary level at Penn State Hershey (in 2013-2014, $56,000/year)
  • Benefits: Vacation/Practice Search (15 working days)
    • Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
    • Malpractice Insurance
    • CME money ($1,000)

For more information, please visit Penn State Hershey Human Resources

Our fellows are provided with a membership to the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and will be given support to attend both the AMSSM Annual Meeting and the Fellows Research and Leadership Conference during his/her fellowship year.

Comprehensive Clinical Experience

  • Sports Medicine - Penn State Hershey Sports Medicine Clinic (primary care sports medicine faculty clinic 2 half days per week, fellow clinic 1 half day per week, orthopaedic sports medicine clinic 1 half day per week)
  • Athletic Training Rooms (2 sessions per week)
  • Hershey Bears Hockey Club (seasonal)
  • Harrisburg Senators Baseball (seasonal)
  • Penn State Harrisburg (NCAA Division III)
  • High school team physician responsibilities at one of our contracted high schools (Annville-Cleona High School, Hershey High School, Lebanon High School, Mechanicsburg High School, Middletown High School)
  • Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company (seasonal; modern dancers and other performing artists)
  • Pediatric Sports Medicine and Fracture Care (1 half day per week, 3 months)
  • Penn State Concussion Clinic (1 half day per week, 3 months)
  • Penn State Hershey Physical Therapy Services (2 half days per month)
  • Penn State Hershey Cardiac Rehabilitation (1 half day per month)
  • Musculoskeletal radiology training, including MSK ultrasound (2 half days per month)
  • Additional specialty rotations with experienced Penn State Hershey faculty (1 half day per week for 6 months split between hand clinic, shoulder/elbow clinic, spine clinic, and foot/ankle clinic)
  • Elective opportunities in areas of special interest

Family and Community Medicine

  • Continuity in Family Medicine Clinic (1/2 day per week)
  • Family Medicine resident precepting (1/2 day per month)

Sample Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Schedule

  Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
AM Faculty PCSM Clinic Family Medicine Clinic Sports PT or MSK Radiology Specialty and/or Elective  Time Didactics and Research Sports Coverage Day Off
PM Sports Orthopaedic Clinic Fellow PCSM Clinic Training Room and or Elective Time Precepting, Cardiac Rehab, Sports Nutrition, or Sports Psychology Faculty PCSM Clinic    
After 5:00 Training Room       Variable    

 

On-site sports coverage

Team physician experience:

  • Hershey Bears Hockey Club (American Hockey League affiliate of the Washington Capitals)
  • Harrisburg Senators AA Baseball (minor league affiliate of the Washington Nationals)
  • Penn State Harrisburg (NCAA Division III)
  • High school team physician responsibilities at one of our contracted high schools (Annville-Cleona High School, Hershey High School, Lebanon High School, Mechanicsburg High School, Middletown High School)

Medical coverage of annual special events:

  • Mass competition events:  Hershey Half Marathon and Tussey Ultramarathon
  • Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state championship events including:  cross country, wrestling, and track and field.
  • Big 33 Football Classic (Pennsylvania versus Maryland)
  • Hershey Cup Youth Soccer Tournament

Unique sports medicine experiences

  • Dance medicine at Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company
  • Joint experiences with the sports medicine fellow from Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.
  • Musculoskeletal anatomy course
  • Procedural experiences in musculoskeletal ultrasound, running gait analysis, cardiac stress testing, and osteopathic manipulation.
  • Sports nutrition and psychology experiences at Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.

Penn State Hershey Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is a new dynamic program with faculty involved in various clinical and research arenas within sports medicine. All core faculty have completed fellowships and are board certified in sports medicine within their respective disciplines.

Primary Care Sports Medicine

Matthew L. Silvis, M.D.     Matthew L. Silvis, M.D., Director, graduated from Pennsylvania State College of Medicine in 2002. He then completed a Family Medicine Residency at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. After residency, Dr. Silvis practiced wilderness medicine in rural Wyoming before returning to Wake Forest where he completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine. Dr. Silvis is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and medical director of primary care sports medicine. He serves as team physician for the Hershey Bears Hockey Club and Hershey High School. He has special interests in the care of endurance athletes, exercise, and concussion. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Silvis enjoys hiking, mountain biking, running, and photography. He lives in Hershey with his wife, Christine, and their two sons, Nicholas and Benjamin.
       
Bret Jacobs, M.D.    

Bret C. Jacobs, D.O., graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008.  He then completed a Family Medicine Residency at York Hospital in York, PA. After residency he completed a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Jacobs is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. He serves as team physician for the Harrisburg Senators Minor League Baseball team and Middletown High School. He has special interests in musculoskeletal ultrasound and custom foot orthotics. Dr. Jacobs enjoys fly fishing, tying flies for fishing, bass fishing, golf, and soccer. Dr. Jacobs is a central Pennsylvania native born and raised in York, PA. He currently lives in Lancaster with his wife, Mathea, who is a videographer for Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and their dog Ben.

       
Cayce Onks, D.O.    

Cayce A. Onks, D.O., M.S. started his career in Sports Medicine as a Certified Athletic Trainer following graduation from The University of Tennessee with a degree in Exercise Science and a Masters Degree in Athletic Training from Ohio University. After working in various positions over a 4 year period, he returned to school to graduate from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 2008. He completed an osteopathic internship through PCOM and the Crozer-Keystone Health System in Philadelphia as well as his Family Medicine Residency from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem North Carolina. He continued on to complete his Sports Medicine Fellowship training at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in State College. Dr. Onks is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. He serves as team physician for Penn State Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg High School, and assists as team physician for the Hershey Bears Hockey Club  Dr. Onks research interests lie in injury and illness prevention. He enjoys fishing, golfing, and spending time with family and friends. He lives with his wife Jacky and their children Sophia and Julia.

       
George Guntur A. Pugalte, M.D.    

George Guntur A. Pujalte, M.D. graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in 2001. He then completed a Family Medicine Residency at Mount Sinai in Chicago, IL, where he also served as chief resident. After residency, Dr. Pujalte completed fellowship in primary care sports medicine and was a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Michigan. Dr. Pujalte is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. He serves as team physician for the Harrisburg Senators baseball team and Annville-Cleona High School. He has also served as the medical director for the Hershey Half Marathon.  He is the Social Media Subcommittee chairman of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.  Dr. Pujalte organizes the primary care sports medicine journal club for the various learners in Penn State Hershey. He has special interests in concussion research, sports psychology, and the design and use of iPad apps for medical purposes. An adventurous person and music-lover, Dr. Pujalte enjoys traveling around the world, hiking, and playing the guitar and piano. He lives in Hummelstown with his wife, Julie, and his son, Gabriel Joaquin.

 

Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Kevin Black, M.D.  

Kevin P. Black, M.D.

 received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977, and then graduated from the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of Rochester in 1986, and a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. After 6 years on the faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin, during which time he started their sports medicine program, he joined the faculty at the Penn State College of Medicine and Hershey Medical Center. In 2001 he became interim chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, and the C. McCollister Evarts Professor and Chair in 2002.  Under his leadership clinical activity has tripled and the Bone and Joint Institute was established. The department annually ranks in the top 20 in the country in NIH funding among orthopaedic departments.

Dr. Black has served on the Board of Directors of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, for which he is President elect, as well as the Executive Committee for the American Orthopaedic Association. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. He is recognized as a national leader in orthopaedic resident education and serves as course director for the "Orthopaedic Educator's Course", the longest running CME program of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

His clinical practice focuses on knee ligament and patellofemoral instability. From 1990-1992 he was orthopaedic consultant to the Green Bay Packers, and since 1993 has been team physician for the Hershey Bears hockey team. In addition to his ongoing research related to orthopaedic sports medicine, in the past decade much of his effort has focused on resident education.
     
Robert Gallo, M.D.  

Robert A. Gallo, M.D. graduated from Pennsylvania State College of Medicine in 2002. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, and a Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Dr. Gallo is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics. Among other roles, he serves as the medical director for the Harrisburg Senators baseball team and as an assistant physician with Cedar Crest High School. He has special interests in the care of overhead athletes, rotator cuff injuries, multiligamentous knee injuries, and articular cartilage defects. Dr. Gallo is a sports enthusiast and an avid tennis player. He lives in Palmyra with his wife, Carla, and their two children, Robby and Grace.

     
Scott A. Lynch, M.D.  

Scott A. Lynch, M.D. joined the faculty at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in June of 1998 as an Orthopaedic Surgeon with subspecialization in Sports Medicine. Prior to coming to Hershey he did his Orthopaedic residency at the University of Vermont and then did two Sports Medicine Fellowships, one at the Cleveland Clinic and one overseas at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2004 and was named the Director of Sports Medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Center when Dr. Kevin Black was elevated to Department Chairman. He has been the organizer, since 2002, of the annual Orthopaedic Department research presentation day held in June. He has been the Practice Site Medical Director for the Adult Bone and Joint Clinic since its opening in 2008. He serves as a team physician for several area high schools, as an assistant team physician for the Hershey Bears hockey team, and as orthopedic consultant for the Penn State University football team. Dr. Lynch helps as a volunteer wrestling coach for the high school, and enjoys biking and playing his guitar.  He lives in Hershey with his wife, Debbie, and has two children currently attending college.

 

Weekly small group didactic sessions with sports medicine faculty.

Sports medicine conference series in both primary care sports medicine and orthopedic sports medicine.

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a leader in medical education and research. The fellow will have access to the Pennsylvania State University's vast educational and research resources. The fellow will be expected to be involved in a research project during their fellowship year and encouraged to present at a regional or national sports medicine meeting. A scholarly project of some type such as a clinical review, case report, quality improvement project, or original research is encouraged. The fellow will be provided with one half day per week to pursue his/her scholarly work.   

The fellow will be provided with a membership to the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and will be given support to attend both the AMSSM Annual Meeting and the Fellows Research and Leadership Conference during his/her fellowship year.

Assigned teaching opportunities with residents, medical students, community physicians, and students of allied health professions.