Sport and Exercise Medicine



    The University of Toronto Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship program is a comprehensive training opportunity in Sport and Exercise Medicine for the postgraduate resident or practicing physician in Family Medicine. This program will prepare the fellow to incorporate best practices for musculoskeletal medicine in clinical, educational and research settings. Sport Medicine is a diversified and essential set of unique skills dealing with the musculoskeletal system, nutrition, general medicine, pediatrics, women's health, geriatrics, exercise medicine, health promotion and prevention issues, sports bracing, podiatry, event coverage, and athletic emergencies.

    The skills of sport and exercise medicine are in demand in the medical community due to the increasing medical importance of exercise through the life-cycle combined with waiting list for orthopedic and rheumatologic patient services. Sport and Exercise medicine training provide relevant management strategies to deal with current concerns in childhood and adult obesity, the growing epidemic of arthritis and non-surgical management of common overuse syndromes.



Curriculum Overview



  • To provide basic knowledge of musculoskeletal and sport medicine as it relates to primary care.
  • To help the candidate to understand the role of exercise in health promotion.
  • To teach the management of both acute and chronic injuries/illnesses and to identify prevention issues.
  • To teach the candidate what knowledge and skills are necessary to perform as a team physician.
  • To develop the role of the family physician with special skills in Sport and Exercise medicine.
  • To prepare the fellow for eligibility to challenge the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine diploma examination.
  • To allow the Sport Medicine fellow to have the opportunity to continue their family medicine skill development with one day in an academic teaching practice with an individualized practice.


Week at a Glance:

  • 1.5 Days per week in a primary care sport medicine clinic setting.
  • 0.5 days per week in an exercise medicine setting.
  • 2 days per week in rotation and elective placements.
  • 1 day per week in Family Medicine, Research or Specialty Skill area.


Year at a Glance:

Core Rotations: 

  • Orthopedics 
  • Pediatrics 
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Imaging 
  • Sport Nutrition 
  • Rheumatology 
  • Medical Conditions 
  • Exercise Prescription and Testing 
  • Event Coverage

Elective Rotations: 

  • Women and Sport Medicine 
  • Neurology 
  • Dance Medicine 
  • Dentistry 
  • Dermatology 
  • Ethics and Sport 
  • Research Project or Masters degree option Conferences: 
  • Quarterly City Wide Sport Medicine Rounds 
  • OMA Sport Med Conference 
  • Sport Medicine First Responder Course 
  • ACLS option



Criteria for Application


  • Certificate of College of Family Physicians of Canada, CCFP (pending for July 1st start day).
  • CPSO General License to practice in the province of Ontario is required to do event coverage.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 professional reference letters, one of which is to be from a Residency Program Director
  • A short letter outlining personal learning goals for the fellowship year. Specify how these goals may be applied to your future practice (please be as specific as possible). 


    PLEASE NOTE: All applicants eligible for PGY3 funding must be currently enrolled in their 2nd year of Canadian Family Medicine Residency Program. Applicants with re-entry funding, external agency funding or other Canadian residency funding may apply and will be considered in the same application process.





    The director of the Sport Medicine fellowship program will be the coordinating program supervisor for the fellow. The current director is Dr. Julia Alleyne, or 416-323-6478.

    Clinical supervisors will contribute to evaluation submissions on a quarterly basis and this will be reviewed with the fellow. The fellowship committee will review the candidate's final evaluations for promotional status.


Faculty's Evaluation

    The fellow is expected to complete an evaluation of his/her key supervisors twice yearly. This is a mandatory requirement to be completed with the fellowship director for the purpose of improving any subsequent rotations. The fellow will be protected from any situations of direct conflict.


Vacation Time

    The clinical year is 52 weeks long with three weeks of combined vacation and conference time. This is negotiable based on funding agreement. Religious/Statutory holidays will be considered separate from the four weeks designated as vacation time. The three weeks vacation time is not to be taken in bulk.


Location of the Toronto Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

    The TPCSMF is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Fellow will be attending multiple facilities in Toronto proper and some of its surrounding areas. It would be considered an asset to own a car, but clearly, not a prerequisite. The candidate will be registered formally as a Post Graduate student with the University of Toronto and will be afforded all the same privileges as any other Post Graduate student. The registration process must take place by no later than mid-June of the academic year.

    The Fellow is responsible for the registration fee with the Post-Graduate office. The prospective candidate should be aware that he/she may be asked to attend an interview, in Toronto, within two weeks of the application deadline date in December. Please make sure that your schedules are clear for this two week time period for a possible interview.



    The Fellow will be expected to sign a letter of agreement with The University of Toronto Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program for confirmation of funding, academic obligation and professional conduct. Committee Members:

  • Dr. Mark Leung, Program Director
  • Dr. Doug Richards
  • Dr. Michael Clarfield
  • Dr. Ian Cohen
  • Dr. Robert Brock
  • Dr. Howard Winston
  • Dr. Gaetan Tardif
  • Dr. Laura Cruz



Application Process


    If you are interested in further information about The University of Toronto Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship program please forward questions to:


Program Director:

Dr. Mark Leung MD, CCFP

Program Director, The Toronto Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

Tel: 416-978-4678


All applications can be submitted to:


Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM)

University of Toronto – Faculty of Medicine

500 University Ave., 5th Floor

Toronto, ON M5G 1V7

Phone: (416) 978-1019 Fax: (416) 978-8179



Application Deadline: October 1, 2014

Notification of Acceptance: December 5, 2014

Resident Acceptance of Position Deadline: December 18, 2014


The application is considered complete when the candidate has successfully delivered the following:

  • A completed application form
  • 3 letters of reference, 1 being from your program director
  • Certificate of Conduct (CPSO/equivalent) or medical school transcripts
  • Short Essay Outlining the Candidates Objective for the Fellowship year.