Time of DayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
AMOrtho teaching, Primary Care ClinicSports Med Clinic, Bowen (Cohoes), or Kerr/Shatynski (CROA)Concussion Clinic, Kerr (Cohoes)Sports Med Clinic, Bowen/Chow (Cohoes), or Kerr/Shatynski (CROA)Sports Med Clinic, Kerr (Cohoes)
Noon to 1 p.m.Sports Med Ops MeetingAMSSM LectureNE ACSM, Journal ClubAMSSM LectureCAQ Prep
PMPrimary Care ClinicSports Med Clinic, Shatynski (CROA)Concussion Clinic, Kerr (Cohoes)Sports Med Clinic, Chow (Cohoes), or Kerr/Shatynski (CROA)Siena Training Room/Research/Elective


Primary Care Sports Medicine CAQSM Prep Core Lectures (Friday noon to 1 p.m., July-June) We have adopted a more learner-centered, active learning approach to be discussed with Dr. Kerr at orientation for the last couple of years. This will entail obtaining the ACSM Sports Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide text book and following guidance for which chapters to read. For each week on the schedule above, the fellow will be expected to read the relevant chapters (typically 3) prior to the Friday noon didactic time. Didactic time will plan to discuss two to three of the topics in greater depth, either through case discussion, a short lecture or review of board style questions. This will be performed in conjunction with other fellowships in the New England region, likely via Zoom or Webex. Initially these didactic sessions will be led by faculty, however as fellows become familiar with the process they will be expected to lead didactic sessions each week. It is anticipated that with 15 fellows in the region, leading a topic discussion will be an expectation every other month. AMSSM National Lecture Series (Tuesday-Thursday, August-June) Dr. Kerr serves on the AMSSM education committee subcommittee for online education. In August 2020, AMSSM began a national lecture series which hosts an online lecture from a national leader in sports medicine each week for the benefit of fellows. AMSSM Research & Leadership Workshop for Sports Medicine Fellows (July) Attendance at this conference is voluntary. Some years it has conflicted with the weekend of the Lake Placid Ironman. For 2020, it is being hosted virtually. Dr Kerr serves on the faculty for the conference. It includes instruction on:

  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical research methodology
  • Study design
  • Grant preparation
  • Preparation of protocols for institutional review board
  • Principles of evidence-based medicine/ Critical literature review
  • Teaching skills

Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound In the first few weeks of fellowship, faculty will orientate the fellow to use of diagnostic & therapeutic (injection guidance) musculoskeletal ultrasound. The principal means to do this is accessing the European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology Ultrasound technical guidelines which explain how to perform a diagnostic ultrasound of each joint. Faculty will reference this material which can be reviewed while practicing diagnostic ultrasounds. The Albany Medical College PCSM fellow also has the opportunity to participate in ultrasound training through access to the AMSSM website which has 35 tutorials available free of charge. Additionally there will be regularly scheduled webinars available through AMSSM/AIUM. The fellow typically attends an ultrasound course in the second half of fellowship with cadavers run by Andy Getzin, MD, at Ithaca College. Dr. Shatynski is on the course faculty. Other Didactics (Orthopedics & Family Medicine)

  • Orthopedics Journal Club (Third Monday of each month, 6-7 p.m., Buca De Beppo restaurant)
  • Orthopedics Grand Rounds (Wednesday, 7-8 a.m., CROA Site #2)
  • Orthopedics Sports Indications/Case Management conference (Thursday, 7-8 a.m., Albany Medical College)
  • Anatomy Lab Cadaver Dissection (Monday, 8-10 a.m., July-September, Albany Medical College)
  • Family Medicine Grand Rounds (Thursday, noon to 5 p.m., Albany Medical College)

Event Coverage

Game and event coverage is a mandatory component of sports medicine fellowship. It is the fellow’s responsibility to be aware of the game and events they are assigned to cover. The fellowship program coordinator will try and provide information on Albany Medical College's PCSM Fellow’s Outlook calendar as far in advance as possible. However, given that schedules can change, the fellow should review with athletic training staff and on the school’s website weekly. The schedule will be reviewed periodically at Sports Medicine Operations meetings (Monday 12:30-1 p.m. at the Sports Medicine location in Cohoes).

Optional coverage opportunities exist for high school football; ski mountain coverage at Windham; rugby coverage at various levels from youth rugby to elite, professional rugby. Fellows are encouraged to seek as broad an experience as possible during their 12-month fellowship, hence should make every effort to attend optional activities offered as their schedule permits.

If collegiate sports are disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, alternative sports coverage may be sought. Previous fellows have participated in Children’s Winter Games, biathlon, boxing, ice hockey, wrestling and many other sports and events which occur regionally. These opportunities should be discussed with the Program Director, particularly if the fellow has a particular interest in coverage of a specific sport as a career goal/objective.

Our PCSM fellow is expected to provide game coverage for all Siena Women’s home soccer and basketball games, plus men’s lacrosse home games. Dr. Kerr will ask the fellow to cover some Men’s soccer and basketball games on an individual basis.

The Albany Medical College PCSM fellow is expected to attend all the fall season home games for University of Albany football (required), and away games if possible (optional).

Optional, discuss with orthopedic chief resident.

Albany is the a first round venue for 2023.

  • Windham Mountain (optional)
  • Whiteface Mountain, February, three to five days during President’s Week
  • Hudson Mohawk River Marathon
    • Fellows must participate in race organization meetings preceding race.
    • This should be discussed with Dr. Todd Shatynski (race director).
  • Lake Placid Ironman (July)
    • This requires attendance at a didactic series preparing Fellows for the tent.
  • Local Tournaments/State Tournament
  • University of Albany Rugby
  • Capital District Youth Rugby
  • USA Rugby

Locations & Affiliations

Situated approximately 15 miles north of Albany Medical Center in Cohoes, New York, the Albany Medical College PCSM fellowship’s main site has treadmill testing facilities, a neuropsychological testing suite, diagnostic and interventional ultrasound, and close proximity to Siena College. The fellow will see sports medicine referrals, including adults and children with sports concussions, under the guidance of the faculty.

The Capital Region Orthopedic Associates Bone and Joint Center serves as a secondary training site for the fellowship. At this site the fellow will spend time working with Primary Care Sports Medicine faculty, in addition to elective time with the orthopedic surgery faculty. The site hosts an ambulatory surgical center, and the fellow will gain experience watching operative management of arthroscopic surgical techniques performed by the group’s sports-trained Orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Maxwell Alley, Dr. Rick Alfred, Dr. Dan Phelan, Dr. Shankar Das and Dr. Andrew Gerdeman. On site X-ray, MRI and physical therapy compliment the facilities. Albany Medical Center’s Orthopedic residency program is also housed in the building.

The Siena College athletic program has been an integral part of the Capital Region community for many years. Its Division One programs include 17 sports (seven men's, 10 women's) and over 300 varsity athletes. Albany Medical Center PCSM fellows help perform pre-participation physicals, including baseline neuropsychological testing for student athletes, participate in game coverage for soccer, lacrosse and basketball. Dr. Kerr is head team physician at Siena and Dr. Rick Alfred is the orthopedic consultant.

University at Albany athletics has 16 NCAA Division One varsity teams and over 450 athletes. PCSM fellows will be involved in game coverage, including football, and pre-participation physical exams.