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Visiting Residents

The UC San Diego Division of Sports Medicine provides a two week elective for third year residents interested in gaining more experience in primary care sports medicine and fellowship training. Highlights of the elective experience and requirements are noted belo​w.

Sports Medicine Elective Highlights

The visiting resident will work closely with the UC San Diego Sports Medicine faculty and fellows in the Departments of Family Medicine in high volume sports medicine clinics. They will also have athletic training room experience with Division I collegiate athletes at the UC San Diego LionTree Arena, in addition to local community and high school injury clinics.

The resident will also be attending weekly multidisciplinary sports medicine didactic sessions with faculty and fellows in primary care sports medicine from the San Diego region, including UC San Diego, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, San Diego Sports Medicine Alvarado Group, and Eisenhower Medical Center. They will have opportunity to participate in the medical coverage of various athletic events (depending on time of year of rotation). In addition, they will be assisting with pre-participation physical exams (depending on the time of year of rotation). Visiting residents will also have opportunities to rotate through the concussion clinic, and visit the Olympic Training Center should the schedule permit.


Rotation Requirements

  1. Residents who anticipate applying for sports medicine fellowships are welcome, as well as those wanting to gain more sports medicine experience.
  2. Residents applying for the elective must be in ACGME accredited programs the fields of family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, or emergency medicine.
  3. Residents must provide the following:
    • proof of valid medical licensure (CA or out of state)
    • letter of good standing from their program that includes passage of a criminal background check
    • Medical School Diploma
    • Completed Visiting Residents Application (Word)
    • Proof of current TB screen and N95 Respirator mask fit testing
    • Proof of MMRV vaccination status
    • Proof of Flu Shot status
    • Administrative fee of $250 for applications received at least 30 days prior to start of rotation, or $350 for applications received in less than 30 days prior to the start of rotation
  4. Please refer to the Graduate MedicalEducation: Visiting Resident Rotations for more information about the requirements for a visiting rotation.

Sample Schedule

Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM Orientation / GME

9:00 - 12:00p 

Ann Zultner (GME)

Melissa Wahl (FM)

Hillcrest Medic
Dr. Ken Taylor


UCSD La Jolla
Family and Sports Medicine
Dr. Sarah Merrill


UCSD Chancellor Park Sports Medicine
Dr. Suraj Achar


UCSD La Jolla Family and Sports Medicine
Dr. Amy Leu

8:00a - 12:00p

UCSD Chancellor Park Sports Medicine
PM Dr. Alan Shahtaji

1:00p - 5:00p

UCSD Chancellor Park Sports Medicine Clinic
San Diego Sports Medicine Didactics


Location varies, usually in La Jolla
Dr. Amy Leu UCSD Student Health

1:00p - 4:30p



Children's Hospital Sports Clinic

1:00p - 4:00p

Dr. Taylor / Achar
Dr. Sarah Merrill

1:00p - 5:00p

UCSD Chancellor Park Sports Medicine Clinic

Frequent Asked Questions

Housing or transportation is not provided and will need to be arranged by the resident in advance. The resident is encouraged to have a car for attendance to the various clinics and sports medicine experiences during the rotation.

A white coat for the university clinics is recommended.

How to Apply

Please send the required documents and the application form (link under "Rotation Requirements" above) to Dr. Amy Leu at before APRIL 14 for priority consideration. Applications reeived after April 14 will be considered for any remaining available dates.