Memorial Hermann | Rockets Sports Medicine Institute offers advanced physical therapists the opportunity to complete an Upper Extremity Athlete Fellowship through its partnership with the University of Houston. Applicants must have graduated residency or already have an advanced certification through the APTA (OCS or SCS). The program affords a fellow a unique immersion into the field of specialized care in an aspiring Upper Extremity Center of Clinical Excellence, as well as immersion into a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division One baseball program with the University of Houston. This allows for access to unique learning opportunities, with over 150 hours of one-on-one clinical mentorship with board-certified and fellowship-trained clinicians and interprofessional collaboration with affiliated physicians. Fellows will navigate through the program in 12 months, beginning in July of each year and finishing in June. Applications open on an annual basis in the month of December.

The Memorial Hermann Upper Extremity Athlete Fellowship is currently a developing program under the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). 

For questions regarding the Upper Extremity Athlete Fellowship program, please email:

Application Information

Located in the world's largest medical center, and it's surrounding areas, Memorial Hermann offers vast opportunities for learning. With collaboration from a Power Five Division One collegiate baseball program, its associated sports medicine team and Memorial Hermann's skilled sports medicine clinicians, there is never a shortage of unique learning experiences.

Application link coming soon.

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Application Requirements

  • Due February 19, 2024
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter highlighting: previous experience with the overhead athlete population, detail on relevant qualifications associated with UE clinical populations, and short-/long-term career goals.
  • 2-3 professional reference
  • Proof of ABPTS specialist certification (SCS, OCS) or completion of an ABPTRFE-accredited residency in Sports or Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Prior to starting the fellowship, the following must obtain:

  • Valid PT license in Texas
  • Certified Athletic Trainer OR Emergency Responder for Athletes OR Licensed EMT

Please send all components of the application in a single PDF by the due date to:

Financial Factsheet


The UE Fellowship program, in conjunction with our accredited PT residency and fellowship programs, prides itself on developing leaders in the field of physical therapy. Our mentors invest heavily into the fellows' academic, professional and personal growth. The depth of experience in fellowship training means each fellow receives a personalized experience focused around achieving their goals through mentorship from athletic trainers, physical therapists, sports performance teams and affiliated orthopedic and sports medicine physicians.

In-Depth Curriculum

Our curriculum is continuously updated by our faculty and collaborators to provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based practice. The curriculum is designed specifically to encompass varying domains of upper extremity athletics, with a particular focus in throwing-related injuries across the playing career. Additionally, our fellowship sites will provide educational experiences that expand beyond direct, clinical patient care to keep fellows at the forefront of an ever-evolving field.

Curriculum details coming soon.

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With a curriculum designed for multidisciplinary collaboration, the fellow will have the unique opportunity to become a leader in inter-professional communication. Fellows will be immersed within the University of Houston Division One Athletics Program that allows for onsite mentorship from athletic trainers, team physicians, strength and conditioning coaches, dietitians, sports psychologists and sports physical therapists. Fellows will also work alongside orthopedic surgery fellows, primary care sports medicine fellows and master’s of athletic training students as they go through sections of their didactic curriculum. Additionally, the fellows work through their sports-specific rehab curriculum as they progress through the program with lectures and labs from specialists within the field. While serving in the clinic, fellows will work closely with Memorial Hermann | Rockets Sports Medicine Institute Human Performance team members, including strength and conditioning coaches, dietitians and biomechanists, to successfully return their athletes to peak performance. Lastly, fellows will have the opportunity to work alongside our research team to develop and execute a clinically meaningful research project for submission to national conferences and future publication.

Our goal is to provide a robust experience and introduction to the management of upper extremity athletes while giving the fellows the tools to reach their full potential through structured mentorship, diverse curriculum and leadership training.

Curriculum Components:

  • Baseball Medicine lecture series.
  • Sport-Specific Rehab Considerations and Return to Play lecture series – Upper Extremity Athletes.
  • Orthopedic fellows' grand rounds, lectures and surgical skills labs with affiliated physicians.
  • Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows' lecture series with affiliated physicians
  • Emergency Medicine lecture series
  • Possibility for Adjunct Teaching

*Memorial Hermann Health System owns and operates 14 hospitals and has joint ventures with three other hospital facilities.

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