About the Program

The Sports Medicine Fellowship, which began in 2005 and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, (ACGME), trains physicians to evaluate and treat sports-related injuries, become active leaders in the field of sports medicine and advance ultrasound and other procedural skills.

We accept one fellow each year, and the trainee works with diverse, interdisciplinary teams in rural, suburban and urban communities in Richmond and the surrounding Central Virginia communities. The program’s curriculum includes the following:

  • Weekly on-site care for athletes at VCU and a local high school
  • Sideline coverage for high school football teams
  • Medical coverage at the annual Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k, one of the largest races in the U.S.
  • Weekly rotations in the musculoskeletal continuity clinic
  • Monthly interdisciplinary radiology, sports and surgical case rounds
  • Medical coverage for Divisions I, II and III college sports teams
  • Medical coverage for the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, known as “America’s friendliest marathon,” plus the half marathon and Allianz Partners 8k

The fellow will also receive hands-on training in the following areas:

  • Ultrasound-guided injections
  • Ultrasound imaging
  • Casting and splinting
  • Fracture care
  • Prolotherapy
  • Soft tissue and major joint injections

Learn more about the program here.



Life in Richmond

We encourage our fellows to maintain a healthy, balanced life, and Richmond is a wonderful place to engage in that well-rounded lifestyle. As the capital of Virginia since 1779, Richmond attracts students, faculty and staff from around the globe. The city’s location affords easy day trips to destinations like Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach, Colonial Williamsburg and the Blue Ridge Mountains, among others.

As a mid-sized city with a metropolitan population of 1.3 million, Richmond provides stimulating activities while maintaining its intimate feel and unique vibe. Vibrant neighborhoods offer distinct, diverse experiences, with no shortage of art galleries, museums, music venues, restaurants, breweries and parks. For the outdoor enthusiast, you can’t beat the offerings in the city’s riverfront parks and urban wilderness areas such as white-water rafting, hiking, mountain biking and cultural festivals.

Learn more about our community.

How to Apply

To learn more about our program and how to apply, please contact:

Katherine Dec, MD, FAAPMR, FAMSSM

Katherine Dec, MD, FAAPMR, FAMSSM

Katherine Dec, MD, FAAPMR, FAMSSM

Katherine Dec, MD, FAAPMR, FAMSSM

School of Medicine

Director, Sports Medicine and Performance, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Program Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Phone: (804) 828-5002

Email: katherine.dec@vcuhealth.org

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Sports Medicine Fellows

2021 - 2022:

Sam Jacobs, MD

Sam Jacobs, MD

Sam Jacobs, MD

Sam Jacobs, MD

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation