Clinical Specialist Fellowship Programme

Aspetar Clinical Specialist Fellowship Programme

Aspetar offers Clinical Specialist Fellowships for qualified medical specialists in Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Cardiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology. This program provides an opportunity to aspiring specialist physicians from all over the world to work with and learn from Aspetar’s internationally renowned sports medicine experts.

Sports medicine is a rapidly evolving, rich, and rewarding multidisciplinary specialty which involves the care of athletes and active individuals. The Sports Physician provides a comprehensive service, from initial patient contact to formulating individual recommendations for sports and exercise participation, for those with injuries and medical conditions whilst working as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Aspetar’s Sports Medicine fellowship program was established in 2012; we have state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and a large multidisciplinary team providing a unique opportunity for a Clinical Specialist Fellow in Sports Medicine to gain further clinical experience. The Fellow will develop a comprehensive range of sports medicine clinical skills, being exposed to a variety of athletes from different sporting codes, disciplines, ages, levels of participation, gender, and ethnicity.

Working in a multidisciplinary and unique multicultural environment, the Clinical Specialist Fellowship program includes educational and research opportunities as well as ongoing clinical mentorship to support well-rounded clinicians and future leaders in the field of sports medicine


Do you want to apply?

Applicants must have completed formal sports medicine specialist training and be eligible to become licensed to practice sports medicine in Qatar.

Aspetar’s Clinical Specialist Fellowship (Orthopaedic Surgery) program provides the unique opportunity for fellows to work closely with a group of world-class Orthopaedic Surgeons, Sport and Exercise Medicine Physicians, and other sports medicine experts providing integrated athlete clinical care.

Aspetar’s Clinical Specialist Fellowship (Orthopaedic Surgery) program is not a mere educational experience; it is a highly individual mentorship program that creates life-long professional friendships. This program provides fellows with a strong foundation to become world-renowned surgeons as part of the Aspetar clinical family.   The Aspetar Clinical Specialist Fellowship (Orthopaedic Surgery) is a comprehensive and very well structured one-year program, providing a well-rounded approach to post-residency clinical training. The Aspetar faculty members are all highly qualified, skilled, and experienced consultants in their respective clinical specialties.

The core clinical training focusses on surgical and clinical skills. In combination with out-patient clinics, fellows also work in the operating theatre where they learn different surgical techniques. The operative experience involves surgeries on different joints, including shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, ankle, knee, and groin.    Aspetar’s Clinical Specialist Fellows will also be involved in providing medical care to many domestic and international sports events that Qatar is hosting.

Fellows have the opportunity to contribute to Aspetar’s clinical education programmes, including many accredited Continuing Professional Development / Continuing Medical Education activities (journal clubs, case presentations, Aspetar Tuesday Lecture Series and Aspetar’s Wednesday Webinar Series).

Aspetar’s Clinical Specialist Fellowship programmes prioritise research; we ensure appropriate support and mentorship to publish in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to dedicated lectures and tutorials on different topics, we also provide fellows with hands-on surgical skills training through Aspetar’s Surgical Skills Laboratory.


Do you want to apply?

Applicants must be recently qualified Orthopaedic Surgery specialists with one to two years’ experience in orthopaedic surgery, board-certified or board eligible, and eligible to become licensed to practice Orthopaedic Surgery in Qatar.

Similar to Sport and Exercise Medicine, Sports Cardiology is a rapidly evolving, rich, and rewarding subspecialty in cardiology which involves the cardiovascular care of athletes and active individuals.

The Sports Cardiologist provides a comprehensive service, from initial patient contact to formulating individual recommendations for sports and exercise participation, regular follow-up consultations for athletes and active individuals with cardiovascular conditions, and the development & implementation of cardiac emergency action plans in sport to prevent sudden cardiac death.

Aspetar’s Sports Cardiology program was established in 2008; we have more than 12 years’ experience, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment providing a unique opportunity for a Clinical Specialist Fellow in Sports Cardiology to gain further clinical experience. Fellows develop a comprehensive range of sports cardiology clinical skills, only possible through being exposed to a variety of athletes from different sporting codes, disciplines, ages, levels of participation, gender, and ethnicity.

Working in a multidisciplinary and unique multicultural environment, the Clinical Specialist Fellowship program includes educational and research opportunities as well as ongoing clinical mentorship to support well-rounded clinicians and future leaders in the field of sports cardiology.

What do our Fellowship alumni say?

Dr Rafael Geiss Santos (Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician) – Brazil says:

My experience in the Sports Medicine fellowship was amazing. Great learning opportunity including most of the Sports Medicine field, where I got the chance to share, discuss, and improve with an extremely top-level team in a multidisciplinary and international environment. I definite recommend it for upcoming fellows.

Dr Louis Lima (Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician) from Portugal says: 

World reference Centre in every field related to Sports Medicine. My expectations regarding the fellowship were high and were exceeded by far!
The opportunity to have one to one discussions with top experts in the several fields of medical sport sciences (Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics, Cardiology, Physiology, Podology, Nutrition, Physiotherapy and others) with both a strong clinical and scientific background was a major factor in the fellowship.
I would like to thank the entire Sports Medicine Department for the way I was welcomed and immediately integrated in the team as well as for the total willingness. Making this fellowship really stand up to its name.
 The Sports Medicine Department really put an effort to constructively criticize my clinical and scientific skills and thus allowing me to improve. 

 Dr Pieter Volcke (Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) from Belgium says: 

Aspetar gave me the unique opportunity to get in 6 months maximally exposed to excellent international sports medicine teaching from known leaders all over the world. I enjoyed the combination of clinical practice with the possibility to get time for study and research to develop my skills and knowledge. Aspetar gave me a huge learning opportunity and definitely a step up in my sports medicine career. And last but most important, friends for life