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The Sports Medicine Fellowship program offered by a collaboration between Tower Health and Drexel, is a sound, balanced educational program that gives fellows a wide range of clinical knowledge. Fellows will develop the confidence to apply that knowledge throughout the fellowship and beyond. It is a broad-based program designed to offer opportunities to expand on prior experience, including ultrasound training and on-site (sideline) coverage.

The one-year experience is centered on a series of primarily longitudinal educational activities designed to prepare the fellow for the successful practice of primary care sports medicine.

This academic fellowship program is based at Tower Health - Chestnut Hill Hospital. Tower Health’s collaborative clinical excellence is leading the health care transformation — which means our communities have expanded access to advanced, comprehensive care by renowned physicians, when and where they need it. This helped Tower Health become the third largest health care system in Southeast Pennsylvania.

Learn more about the Sports Medicine Fellowship program at Tower Health - Chestnut Hill Hospital.


After a period of orientation lectures in the first block, the fellows' clinical experience is complemented by weekly didactic time that includes sports medicine and orthopedic lectures. Bi-weekly journal clubs and dedicated research time round out the educational experience. Additionally, fellows participate in anatomy lab instruction, radiology conferences and research seminars. They take an active role in teaching medical students and residents and are expected to participate in local and national sports medicine conferences.


Sports medicine fellows assist in the care of athletes from around the Philadelphia area. As a primary care sports medicine fellow, you will have ample exposure to a diverse athletic population, including men and women of every age and athletic ability. You will also develop your expertise in diagnosing and managing medical illnesses and injuries related to sports and exercise including:

  • Management of acute and chronic illness or injury
  • Pre-participation evaluation Injury prevention
  • Conditioning/exercise prescriptions (Exercise is Medicine™)
  • Designing rehabilitation programs
  • Team coverage: One high school football team, Division I college sports at Drexel University, Division II college sports at Chestnut Hill College and Lincoln University
  • Mass event coverage: Philadelphia Marathon and Rock and Roll Half Marathon
  • MSK ultrasound procedures
  • Treadmill testing for concussions

Clinical time for the fellow includes the following:

  • One half-day per week of primary care clinic
  • Office time with sports medicine faculty and sports orthopedists throughout the year
  • Office time with hand specialists, physical therapists, musculoskeletal radiologists, pediatric orthopedists, strength and conditioning specialists and others
  • Weekly training rooms at colleges
  • High school and college game coverage

Please note that residents and fellows are employed by and insured by the hospital; they are not employees of Drexel University.

Alicia Tucker, MD: Sports Medicine

Alicia Kyli Tucker, MD
Program Director