Sports Medicine

Program Overview

The JPS Sports Medicine Fellowship is a fully accredited, one year, longitudinal experience. Prerequisites for the program are a primary board eligibility or certification in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Our program is located in the DFW metroplex, and we are affiliated with 16 local high schools, as well as area universities TCU and Texas Wesleyan. Our training allows graduates to feel comfortable treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal and medical problems associated with athletes of all ages and experience levels.

 We work with a variety of athletic programs and organizations in the area including:

  • Fort Worth ISD
  • Arlington ISD
  • Texas Christian University Athletics
  • Texas Wesleyan University Athletics
  • Southwestern Assemblies of God University
  • Golden Gloves and other boxing associations
  • Hotter ’N Hell 100, an internationally recognized extreme cycling event
  • Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Professional Bull Riders events

Unique Aspects of the Program

The Sports Medicine Fellowship at John Peter Smith Hospital is the largest Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship in the nation. In addition to traditional curriculum in Primary Care Sports Medicine, our fellows receive training in image-guided diagnostic and interventional techniques for the treatment of a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders. These include both fluoroscopically and ultrasound-guided spine, tendon sheath and joint injections.

The JPS Family Medicine Residency was recently involved in the P4 initiative project which allowed for innovations in training family medicine residents. Through that process, the idea of a longitudinal experience in Sports Medicine has been implemented. This means that FM residents interested in Sports Medicine will participate in an interview process in their intern year to begin that experience as second year residents. During their second year, residents on the Sports Medicine track are allowed special elective time in Sports Medicine, and are assigned a local high school to cover. This continues into their third year, and if all requirements are met, they matriculate into the fellowship during their fourth year. During their fourth year, all rotations are Sports Medicine focused allowing fellows to complete a full, twelve month fellowship. This program format allows for the residents and fellows to obtain a three year experience with their high school, providing for more Sports Medicine encounters and continuity of care. Our program will be matching with the NRMP for the academic year 2012-2013 and beyond. Due to the continuation of this initiative, the number of slots available through the match can vary from year to year.



The Sports Medicine curriculum is presented during protected weekly didactic time and includes education on anatomy, physiology, general medical conditions, procedures, ethics and practice management. Fellows also contribute to the education of the JPS Family Medicine residents by preparing and giving lectures, as well as hands-on guidance in the clinic.

Our fellows rotate with several local specialists in the treatment of Sports Medicine and musculoskeletal disorders. They gain experience from Sport Medicine board certified orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, hand surgeons and Private Primary Care Sports Medicine physicians. They also gain extra experience in the care of pediatric fractures through a partnership with orthopedic surgeons at our local children’s hospital. The rotations are based on two month blocks and a sample schedule is provided below.


 sports med schedule sample  


Fellows are required to participate in research projects under the direction of faculty. Projects may be conducted through JPS, TCU, or other approved organizations, and protected research time is provided weekly. At the end of the fellowship year, research projects are presented at JPS Research Day. Assistance with projects is provided by Richard Young, MD, Research Director for Family Medicine.



Michele Kirk, MD – Program Director
Board Certified in Pediatrics
CAQ in Sports Medicine

Jason Mogonye, MD - Assistant Program Director
Board Certified in Family Medicine
CAQ in Sports Medicine

Khalilah Clarke, MD – Clinical Faculty
Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
CAQ in Sports Medicine

Nicholas DeFauw, DO – Clinical Faculty
Board Certified in Family Medicine
CAQ in Sports Medicine


Cathy Harrell - Program Coordinator