Open Letter to Applicants

Perspective on life at the University of Washington Sports Medicine Fellowship

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for taking a look at our sports medicine fellowship. My name is Ashwin Rao , and I am the Program Director at the UW Sports Medicine Fellowship. I also was the 2007-2008 sports medicine fellow.

I am thrilled to introduce you to our fellowship during a time of exciting growth and development in the field of sports medicine. Our faculty includes team physicians for the University of Washington Athletic Department, Seattle Seahawks, Team USA Swimming and Gymnastics, and past presidents of the board of The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). We have worked tirelessly to make this one of the top-tier fellowships in the country, a place where you can make the next step in your own evolution towards being a leader in the field.

The University of Washington Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship delivers a broad and comprehensive training to its fellows. This is a program in which cutting edge techniques such as musculoskeletal ultrasound are taught alongside such staples as careful physical assessment, casting and splinting, radiographic interpretation, and joint injections. We are excited to lead research projects that are taking place at a national level. This is a place where our fellows gain skills in lifelong learning and teaching skills that will foster their development as educators and leaders in the field.

As a fellowship candidate, consider the possibilities. You may be the one to transport an athlete across the field while thousands of fans in the stands looked on in concern. You may prepare to give a lecture at a national conference in front of an audience of hundreds of physicians. You will been given serious responsibility to serve as medical director and staff physician at mass events such as The Seattle Marathon . These experience will provide you with the confidence to take on the next set of challenges in your career.
The UW Sports Medicine Fellowship will prepare you for any variety of careers in sports medicine. Our graduates have gone on to work in both academic and community settings. They include sports medicine educators, fellowship faculty, professional sports and college team physicians, and community sports medicine providers. You will observe by the variety of careers that our graduates have chosen that the UW fellowship prepares the fellow for a wide variety of practice opportunities.

A big additional perk to our program is the city in which we live. Seattle is a rare place, where big city comforts co-exist with the great outdoors. It is a beautiful city of serene and awe-inspiring vistas. It is a city of athletes, many who get injured. You’ll find that your patients live very active lives, and they charge you with getting back to those lives as safely and fast as possible.

I have been overjoyed to find support for my interests and passions while here, and I am confident that you will as well. I hope that you will give our program a sincere look when choosing among fellowships. We have much to offer.


Ashwin Rao, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine - Section of Sports Medicine
Program Director - Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
University of Washington
Team Physician, Seattle Seahawks & UW Husky Athletics