Thank you for your interest in the St. Vincent Sports Medicine Fellowship. Our fellowship received initial ACGME accreditation in 2012 and - like the practice of sports medicine - continues to evolve. Housed within the family medicine residency and St. Vincent Sports Performance at St. Vincent Health, our fellowship offers great diversity in the practice of sports medicine. From our 6 staff sports medicine physicians, network sports orthopedists and sub-specialists, amazing sports focused physical therapists and athletic trainers, sports dietician and sports psychologists on staff, our fellowship epitomizes the concept of team care for the active individual.
We believe that sports medicine can provide a vast array of practice opportunities and possibilities. Our goal is to prepare fellows for as many of these opportunities as possible and provide flexibility to foster special interests. This belief aligns perfectly with the St. Vincent Sports Performance motto -
"Defining Sports Performance."
I hope you'll take the time to learn more about our program and what we have to offer. Please browse our website and should you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Our team partnerships include:
Our clinical sports performance faculty is skilled in multiple procedures including musculoskeletal ultrasound, PRP, compartment pressure testing, selective functional movement assessment (SFMA), vocal cord dysfunction testing with videostroboscopy, and more.
Joel Kary, MD
St. Vincent Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
8414 Naab Road
Indianapolis, IN 46260
The St. Vincent Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is an ACGME approved program that participates in the NRMP match process. All positions are filled through the NRMP. There are no pre-match positions available. Applications are accepted August-October each year.
Applicants must be graduates of an accredited program in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, IM/FM, Pediatrics and/or Med/Peds and be board eligible/board certified. We expect board exams to be passed within 2 years of completing residency by ABFM, ABIM, and/or AAP.
We do not screen applications for review based strictly on a minimum score, but consider it when reviewing the total application. Steps 1 & 2 must be passed within 2 attempts; Step 3 is required within 3 years of fellowship start date and carries the same expectation of minimal attempts. We use the same criteria for COMLEX. The majority of candidates who secure an invitation to interview pass every exam on the first attempt.
Graduation from a U.S. medical school or a World Health Organization listed on the Medical Board of California* approved medical school list AND NOT on the Indiana Licensing Board Disapproval List or Questionable List Graduation Date within 5 years of fellowship start. Rare exceptions to this are possible provided there is proof of experience, practice, and documentation of continuing medical education through approved residency. Observerships do not qualify. At least 3 months of US hands-on clinical experience is required, but more than 12 months is the norm.
Our goal is to match with the best doctors regardless of whether they are IMG’s or USMG’s. Most International Medical Graduates work under a J-1 Visa. On rare occasions, other types may be considered provided that there is time to acquire it and that you have the proper credentials. We prefer the J visa because it is the most cost and time efficient.
We do not provide observerships.
Dates: The deadline for accepting applications is October 1. For selected applicants, interviews occur mid October through early December.
How to schedule an interview: Interviews are scheduled by invitation only. Candidates will be able to select their preferred date using an on-line calendar.
Interview Day Agenda: The interview day is spent with the Program Director, faculty and current fellow(s) and will be approximately 5 hours including tours.
Interview Locations: St. Vincent Sports Performance Center, Joshua Max Simon Primary Care Center, program related athletic facilities.
We accept applications to the fellowship only through ERAS. We are unable to accept any email or faxed applications. Complete applications consist of the following:
We are able to accept the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine’s “Code of Ethics for the Match (ERAS System)” document that they require to participate in the process. Please refer to the AMSSM’s website for more information and the printable form: www.amssm.org/SMFellowshipAppProcess. Please scan or fax us a signed copy after you have completed your ERAS application.
We anticipate interviewing approximately 10 candidates per year for the one position. Much emphasis is placed on a readily apparent desire to pursue primary care sports medicine as evidenced by the application. This may include rotations completed or scheduled during residency, sideline and/or mass event exposure, scholarly activity, and conferences attended.
*On May 22, 2008 the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana recognized the California Medical School Standards as equivalent to LCME standards as required for approved foreign medical schools in Indiana.
The St. Vincent Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is a fully accredited fellowship program of the St. Vincent Family Medicine Residency in Indianapolis, IN. St. Vincent health is Indiana’s largest health care employer and is affiliated with Ascension Health – the nation’s largest not-for-profit Catholic Healthcare System. This allows medical education within St. Vincent the feel of a community based program, but the resources one would expect of an academic center. This is illustrated by the growing number of residency and fellowship programs currently based at St. Vincent in Indianapolis.
The fellowship currently accepts one fellow per year through the NRMP Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship match. A key component of the education is the opportunity for the fellow to function in the role of team physician at both the high school and college level. St. Vincent Sports Performance is the sports medicine provider for a large network of area high schools as well as Marian University and Butler University. Fellow education occurs in various settings including primary care sports medicine clinic, orthopedic clinic, rehabilitation settings, primary care clinic, training rooms, sidelines, mass event coverage, and more. This provides the fellow exposure to the entire spectrum of patients ranging from adolescent to college to Pro/Olympic level to weekend warrior.
Providing care to such a broad spectrum of athletes requires a broad spectrum of services. A unique feature of the St. Vincent Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is immediate access to additional allied health professionals in nutrition, pharmacology, strength and conditioning specialists, sports psychology, and neuropsychology. In addition, St. Vincent employs a large network of physical therapists and skilled ATCs with teaching experience who understand the goals of safe, timely return to sport and prevention of future injury.
Procedural training is also a key component of the St. Vincent Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. Musculoskeletal ultrasound is the cornerstone of this training from both a diagnostic and therapeutic standpoint. By the end of the fellowship, the fellow can expect to have a solid foundation of ultrasound technique and concepts.
Finally, teaching and scholarly activity are additional expectations of the sports medicine fellow. The fellow will have the opportunity for teaching of residents, medical students, and other allied health professionals. Scholarly activity – in the form of research, quality improvement, review article, case presentation, etc - is a requirement for completion of the fellowship. In addition, continuing education is provided through attendance at the Fellows Conference and AMSSM annual meeting. The fellow will be afforded time throughout the curriculum to focus on such activities.
We feel the St. Vincent Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship affords a broad spectrum of educational opportunities to the prospective sports medicine fellow. Additional details of the fellowship can be found on this website.
Family Medicine Faculty
Sports Performance Faculty
Hometown: St. Vincent Kokomo, IL
Undergrad: Anderson University, Anderson, IN
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
Other training/fellowship: University of Notre Dame Sports Medicine Fellowship, South Bend, IN
Originally from Illinois, Dr. Kary completed his undergraduate studies at Anderson University in Anderson, IN with a degree in Athletic Training. He earned his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 2003. His family medicine residency training was completed at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis followed by a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the University of Notre Dame Sports Medicine Fellowship in South Bend, IN. He served as an assistant team physician for football and basketball and head team physician for men’s soccer while at Notre Dame.
Dr. Kary is a team physician for Butler University and the Indiana Invaders track club. His work as a sports medicine physician has included serving at the USA Track and Field Championships, USA National Gymnastic Championships, FINA World Swimming Championships, and numerous other national/international sporting events. He currently serves as a consultant physician for USA Track and Field.
Dr. Kary has a special interest in non-operative musculoskeletal medicine, management of medical conditions related to sports such as concussion, asthma, and mononucleosis, and musculoskeletal ultrasound. As a former college runner, he particularly enjoys the evaluation and management of running and endurance athlete injuries.
Dr. Kary is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Sports Performance FacultyHometown: Littleton, Colorado
Medical School: University of Colorado
Other training/fellowship: Indiana University, Sports Medicine Fellowship
Todd Arnold MD is a sports performance physician at St Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis. Originally from Colorado he attended Colorado State University followed by the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He completed a sports medicine fellowship through Indiana University.
Dr. Arnold has more than a decade of experience caring for athletes at all levels from scholastic, to college, professional and elite. He serves as the team physician for the Indianapolis Indians and was a consultant for the Indianapolis Colts for more than a decade. A unique part of his practice is serving as a performance scientist for USA Track and Field and a medical consultant for the USA Synchronized Swimming team.
Dr. Arnold's primary interest lies in the movement of athletes and how this serves as a basis for safe return to sport after an injury, reducing future injury risk and augmenting athletic performance connecting this to biomechanics of sport.
Medical School: Penn State University College of Medicine
Residency: St. Vincent Family Medicine Residency
Dr. Bree Simmons is a graduate of St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Residency and Wake Forest University’s Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. She is driven to provide compassionate and competent care for both traditional family medicine patients and athletes. Dr. Simmons’ sideline experience includes coverage of Wake Forest University Division I athletics for the 2011-2012 academic year, the 2011 Women’s NCAA Basketball Final Four, the Winston-Salem Open Professional Tennis Tournament, UNC School of the Arts performances, and the 2010 Dew Tour BMX Event in Chicago. She published a chapter on windsurfing injuries in an extreme sports medicine textbook. She serves as volunteer team physician for the Circle City Derby Girls roller derby team.
Dr. Simmons’ special interests include women’s health issues, especially in athletes. She is also passionate about reducing childhood obesity and increasing patients’ access to quality health care. Dr. Simmons grew up in central Pennsylvania and is very excited to be back in Indianapolis with her family.
A former all-state high school athlete, Dr. Kersey remains involved in sports by serving as the medical director of USA Football and as team physician for Target/Chip Ganassi Racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series®. He previously served as the Indianapolis Colts team physician for more than 10 years. He’s a member of the Governor’s Council for Fitness and Sports, NFL Physician Society, Sports Concussion Management, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Kersey is the co-creator of Prescription Golf & Fitness™, a golf-specific workout program designed to improve a golfer’s swing.
Dr. Ordaz is a sports medicine physician and the team physician for Heritage Christian Schools and medical director for the Geist Half-Marathon. He has provided medical coverage for Butler University and Marian University athletics, the Carmel Marathon and Geist Half-Marathon, B1G Ten basketball and football tournaments, and multiple USA Track and Field events. As an avid runner and endurance athlete, he has a special interest in evaluating and managing running injuries. Dr. Ordaz completed his residency with St. Vincent Family Medicine and fellowship with St. Vincent Sports Performance. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Corrigan is an avid runner and triathlete herself and has competed in two full Ironman races. She has a special interest in non-operative musculoskeletal medicine and management of medical conditions related to sports such as concussions, asthma, vocal cord dysfunction and running, triathlon and cycling related injuries. In addition, she utilizes Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in her practice to aid in diagnosis and guide injections. As an osteopathic physician she also performs osteopathic manipulation.
Dr. Corrigan is the team physician for Roncalli High School. She has provided medical coverage for USA Track and Field, Ironman World Championships, Worlds Masters Weightlifting, Butler University, Marian University, Monumental Marathon and other sporting events. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Elective sports medicine rotations are available for interested residents outside the St. Vincent Health system on a limited basis. A Program Letter of Agreement (PLA) must have been established prior to the start of the rotation. The PLA is an agreement between St. Vincent Health and the organization sponsoring the interested resident. In addition, a commitment has been made to preserve the learning experience for our high volume of learners with residency and medical schools for which an agreement for teaching is in already in place.
For more information on setting up a visiting or outside rotation, please contact our program coordinator Krissy Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Vincent Sports Performance began in 1987 and has continued to evolve into an innovative hub delivering multiple facets of high quality performance medicine. The cornerstones of St. Vincent Sports Performance are:
At St. Vincent Sports Performance, an emphasis is placed on utilizing the skills of a multispecialty team to best diagnose, treat, and ultimately prevent athletic injury. Specialists from all the above facets are located on site making consultation seamless both for the patient and medical providers.
For the medical team, radiographs and musculoskeletal ultrasound are on site and available to assist in timely and accurate diagnosis of musculoskeletal injuries. Physicians work hand in hand with Certified Athletic Trainers as physician extenders. When appropriate, rehabilitation can begin immediately as ATCs can advise patients on appropriate rehab protocols and arrange follow up as necessary. As the patient recovers from injury, psychology and nutrition consultation is available if needed. Finally, after the patient has healed, rehab specialists and strength and conditioning specialists are available for maximizing performance and focusing on injury prevention – should the patient desire. This network of specialties sets the Sports Performance Center apart as the ultimate in convenience and continuity for the athletic population.
In addition to these services, St. Vincent Sports Performance has space dedicated specifically to the care of concussed athletes. Working in conjunction with the Athletes Concussion Alliance, the sports medicine specialists at St. Vincent Sports Performance are at the forefront in experience and expertise in evaluating concussions. A computer lab on site is dedicated to neurocognitive testing. In addition, a staff neuropsychologist is available for consultation on difficult cases. While training at St. Vincent Sports Performance, the sports medicine fellow will become proficient in concussion evaluation, treatment strategies, and management.
St. Vincent Sports Performance has numerous affiliations ranging from local club groups, interscholastic, colleges and universities, to professional and olympic organizations. For more information on these affiliations and the services available at the St. Vincent Sports Performance Center, please visit our website at www.definingsportsperformance.com.
The goal of the sports medicine curriculum is to provide the following:
1. A balanced experience including primary care, orthopedics, and team physician responsibilities
2. Procedural skills in musculoskeletal ultrasound, joint injection, splinting and casting, compartment testing, and other procedures in which the fellow may be interested
3. Critical thinking skills that allow the fellow to effectively review articles, write for publication, and perform sports medicine related research
The fellowship curriculum consists of monthly rotation blocks as well as a longitudinal curriculum. The monthly rotation curriculum consists of the following:
Longitudinal curriculum includes:
Education occurs through a variety of clinical settings including primary care sports medicine clinics, orthopedic clinics, radiology centers, rehabilitation settings, sidelines, and training rooms.
The fellow will also function in the role of a team physician for local universities and high schools. The primary opportunities exist working with Marian University, Butler University, and a local high school.
Teaching is also an expected component of the fellowship. The fellow will have the opportunity to teach residents, medical students, and other post graduate students. Teaching opportunities exist in clinical settings, noon conference lectures, journal clubs, and small group sessions.