Sports Medicine




  • As sports medicine continues to grow as a specialty, the multidisciplinary aspect and challenges continue to become apparent.  Physical fitness and mental wellness are intimately linked to quality of life and direct goals of Family Medicine physicians. 
  • Our one year clinically focused Enhanced Skill Program continues to re evaluate itself and adapt to meet the changes and challenges in this field. Our goal is to keep a dynamic, flexible, positive program that can adapt to the personality and needs of the adult learner while promoting the growth of sports medicine.
  • Our clinic offers one-month electives to medical students and family medicine residents.  This serves many positive roles. Our residents become directly involved in teaching and reviewing cases. We expose the medical students to one of many aspects of family medicine.  We teach residents the basics of musculoskeletal assessment and management; a skill that is not otherwise well covered in other electives. A large part of family practice is musculoskeletal complaints.


  • Our mission is to optimize the knowledge and competencies to effectively manage sports related injuries.
  • We stress the importance of health promotion and prevention of disease.
  • As exercise is medicine our mission is to develop doctors that will contribute towards healthy lifestyles for the population that they serve.


  • Instituted in 1993 by Dr. Mulder, Dr. Lenczner, and Dr. Lacroix (first fellow of program).
  • Set up for physicians interested in the study of sports medicine as it relates to health and wellness under the knowledge that exercise is medicine.
  • We offer a longitudinal program that focuses on fulfilling the core competencies as they have been developed at a national level over the last few years (see CASEM).
  • Clinics are held at the McGill Sport Medicine Clinic, and the Montreal General Hospital.
  • Residents cover events and competitions as it pertains to their training.



Program Description


  • There is a skeleton curriculum that follows the needs and flow of the varsity year at McGill University.
  • There are clinics every day of the week.
  • Academic half days include presentations, journal reviews, case reviews. 
  • Learners are able to follow athletes globally from pre-season physicals to acute injury management, surgical assist when indicated, rehabilitation, return to play decision making.

The basic flow of the year:

July and August

  • The resident has a formal & informal orientation sessions.
  • They are integrated into the multidisciplinary team including physiotherapists, athletic therapist, kinesiologists, osteopaths and nutritionist who work in our clinic. 
  • The focus is on developing and perfecting clinical exam skills, their management of specific injuries, the flow and work of the clinic.
  • There is a focus on Pre-participation physical exams.  The learning is based on reading of evidence-based approach (ECG screening, orthopaedic screening, concussion screening, fit to play protocol, special populations) plus the practical assessments as McGill completes these exams on all Varsity level one teams.

September to late November

Varsity games and events coverage: sideline preparedness, event/game coverage, triage of acute injuries, return to play decisions and management, work within a team of therapists, mangers, coaches, parents, athletes.


Clinical duties, research projects, increased supervision roles of medical students and residents.

January to March

Event and game coverage as we enter end of season and playoffs which includes travel and how to prepare accordingly, project work, clinical coverage.

March to June

  • Clinic coverage including opportunity to have resident’s clinics under staff supervision.
  • Team exit physicals including work with therapist, nutritionist and strength and conditioning coaches to set off-season program for the athlete.
  • Completion of project.
  • Review with therapist re off-season rehab programs for varsity athletes.
  • Electives.


Learning opportunities organized throughout the year (not an exhaustive list)


  • Musculoskeletal radiology
  • Orthopedic Surgery Clinics and Surgeries:
    MGH upper extremity clinic, MGH & McGill Sport Medicine clinic, Foot clinic, Trauma clinic, Casting, Spine clinic…
  • Physiatrist & Rehabilitation Medicine: McGill clinic, Spine clinic, EMG’s, Compartment symptom testing, injections
  • Pediatrics:
    Rheumatology, injections, concussion clinic
  • Opportunity for electives in approved fields.
  • Nutrition presentations, auditing of appropriate lectures
  • Sports psychology
  • Sports cardiology
  • Visits and/ or exposure to the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES).
  • Orthotics and bracing clinics

Resident Duties and Responsibilities

  • Will take first call during sporting events to triage and guide the therapists. The staff doctor is always available for consultation.
  • Sets monthly rotation schedules for residents and medical students.
  • Supervision and teaching of residents and medical students.
  • Presents at sports medicine rounds.
  • Completes a project: research or other relevant approved project.
  • Participates in any ongoing research activities by our faculty staff or otherwise approved research activity.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluations are completed every two months: electronically One45 (CanMEDS), Sports Specific (core competencies), project progress, procedural logbook, diary/log of academic learning.
  • Must register complete the Canadian Association of Exercise and Sports Medicine exam.

We expect:

  • An empathetic, team oriented and ethical approach to sports medicine as a profession.
  • An acquisition of knowledge and skills to consistently, proficiently and confidently diagnose and manage sports related issues.
  • Ability to address special populations and medical conditions encountered by athletes of all ages (depression, coronary artery disease, eating disorders, hypertension, obesity, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis).


  • Penny-Jane Baylis, MBBS Family Medicine, CCFP, Dip Sport Med., BSc(physio & psychology)
  • Eileen Bridges MD, CCFP, Dip. Sport Med.
  • Mark Burman MDCM, FRCP (C), Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Monica Cermignani MDCM, FRCP (C), Dip. Sport Med., Emergency Medicine
  • J. Scott Delaney MDCM, FRCP(C), Emergency Medicine
  • Andrea Dolan MD, CCFP, Family Medicine
  • Bill Doulas, MDCM, CCFP, Family Medicine
  • Fany Fallenbaum pht, MD, CCFP, Family Medicine
  • Vincent Lacroix, MDCM, CCFP, Dip Sport Med.
  • Paul Martineau MDCM, FRCP (C), Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Mohan Radhakrishna MD, FRCP (C), Dip. Sport Med., Physiatrist
  • Kathryn Sun MDCM, CCFP, Dip. Sport Med., Family Medicine
  • Monica Volesky MDCM, FRCS (C), Orthopaedic Surgeon



Apply/Contact Us

For information regarding the program
ksun13 [at] (Dr. Kathryn Sun)
Director, Sports Medicine Enhanced Skill

For information regarding the application process
enhancedskills.fammed [at] (Alana Walsh-Ferland)
Student Affairs Coordinator

  • Requirements: Completed ATLS and ACLS (send documents when applying or proof prior to starting rotation), successful completion of residency in Family Medicine.
  • For Program deadlines and other information click here.



All required documents need to be sent to:

Postgraduate Medical Education Faculty of Medicine McGill University
3655 Promenade Sir William Osler
Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1Y6

Application deadline: September 16th, 2016.