Family Medicine – Sports Medicine Fellowship

Who we are

The Sports Medicine Fellowship Spokane is an ACGME-accredited, one-year experience in clinical and academic sports medicine that accepts one Family Medicine or Internal Medicine-trained physician each year. All graduates who are ABFM/ABIM certified will be eligible to take the examination for a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.

Our Mission

Our mission is to develop a well-rounded primary care and sports medicine physician who can provide a community with the expertise to promote physical activity and care for active individuals of all ages, in addition to athletes. The program provides multiple learning environments and offers strong curriculum in evaluation and treatment of the injured athlete, diagnostic and /procedural musculoskeletal ultrasound, return-to-play decisions at multiple competitive levels, functioning as a team physician and the opportunity for academic teaching.

Program Highlights

  • Clinical experience provided at Providence Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Family Medicine Residency Spokane, Kaiser Permanente Activity Sports and Exercise Medicine, and Multicare. Additional sites include cardiology, radiology and other specialty practices.
  • Team physician experience at Gonzaga University (Division I) and multiple local high schools, offering a full spectrum of traditional school sports.
  • Professional sports team coverage including Spokane Chiefs (Western Hockey League) and Spokane Indians (affiliated with Colorado Rockies).
  • Medical coverage of annual mass sporting events including Bloomsday road race, Coeur d’Alene Ironman Triathlon, and Spokefest.
  • Weekly Didactics
  • Diagnostic and Procedural musculoskeletal ultrasound training
  • Monthly journal club
  • Osteopathic manipulation techniques are offered
  • AMSSM membership, AMSSM annual meeting, state medical license, and DEA fees are covered.
Kamran Karim, DO

Kamran Karim, DO

Sports Medicine Fellowship Director

Kamran obtained his medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences (Pomona) in 2017. He then traveled north to Spokane for his family medicine training, followed by completion of a primary care sports medicine fellowship at OHSU. He served as a team physician for Portland State University during his time in Oregon, and currently provides medical care to athletes at Gonzaga University and the Spokane Indians. He has a passion for musculoskeletal medicine with an emphasis on diagnostic/procedural ultrasound and working with learners in various stages of medical training.  In his free time, he enjoys hiking, camping, snowboarding, and rooting on the Dodgers/Lakers. 

2022-2023 Fellow

Zachary Carlson, MD

Zachary Carlson, MD

Sports Medicine Fellow

Dr. Zach Carlson will be joining our program as this year’s sports medicine fellow. He grew up in the small town of Shevlin, Minnesota, where he learned to love rural living and outdoor recreation. While studying biology in college, he also worked as a nurse’s aid and taught exercises to patients at a chiropractic clinic, where he developed an interest in medicine. He stayed in the Midwest and went to medical school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he realized Family Medicine was the perfect specialty to allow him to blend his various interests in rural health, emergency medicine, hospital medicine and orthopedic/musculoskeletal care. After spending all his life in the Midwest, he decided to move West for his residency training and joined the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana in Missoula, Montana. He is pleased to be staying in the West for his fellowship training in Spokane and can’t wait to get started as this year’s sports medicine fellow.

Faculty

Laura Fralich, MD

Laura Fralich, MD

Faculty

Dr. Fralich is a fellowship-trained Sports Medicine physician in the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Providence and serves as head team physician for the Spokane Chiefs hockey club. Dr. Fralich is also the team physician for multiple local high schools as well as the Community Colleges of Spokane and has led medical teams providing coverage for several large events including the USA Special Olympic Games, Boston Marathon, and Bloomsday. Dr. Fralich is an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Education & Clinical Sciences at Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, as well as clinical faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Fralich’s professional interests and expertise include medical education, working with athletes, diagnosis and treatment of sports-related concussion, ultrasound-guided procedures, use of platelet-rich plasma and other minimally-invasive therapies, and diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Dual board-certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine, Dr. Fralich has authored chapters in The 5-Minute Clinical Consult and is a frequent speaker at conferences and other medical education events.

Benjamin Howie, MD

Benjamin Howie, MD

Faculty

Dr. Howie is board-certified in Sports Medicine and Family Medicine and licensed in the state of Washington. Prior to fellowship training in Sports Medicine, he practiced full-scope Family Medicine in the US Navy for five years. He offers comprehensive care to athletes and patients seeking to live more active lifestyles. His clinical interests include acute and overuse musculoskeletal injuries, activity promotion and ultrasound-guided interventions.

Sample Weekly Schedule

MONDAY:

  • Sports Medicine clinic at STHC
  • High School Athletic Training Room

TUESDAY:

  • Orthopedic surgery/clinic
  • Didactics/Ultrasound practice
  • College Athletic Training Room

WEDNESDAY:

  • Sports Medicine clinic at STHC
  • Precepting FM residents

THURSDAY:

  • Sports Medicine Clinic
  • Family Medicine didactics

FRIDAY:

  • Sports Medicine Clinic
  • High School sports coverage

SATURDAY/ SUNDAY:

  • College sports coverage

How to Apply

Please note that as of October 18, 2021, all healthcare workers in the state of Washington are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 per Proclamation 21-14.1, issued by Governor Inslee on August 20, 2021. For more information please click here

Our program participates in the ERAS and NRMP Primary Care Sports Medicine Matching Program. Applicants must complete a Family Medicine or Internal Medicine residency program prior to fellowship. Applicants must be able to obtain a Washington State medical license. Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Our application deadline is October 31st. Once all application materials are received, chosen applicants will be contacted via email about the interviewing process and dates.

Application Checklist:

  • Completed ERAS Application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (Please ask at least two physicians who have supervised you in a clinical setting to submit letters of recommendation)
  • Copy of COMLEX/USMLE transcript
  • Copy of medical school diploma and transcript
  • Citizenship or permanent resident status ( We are not able to sponsor visas)

Helpful items (optional):

  • Copy of current and past (if applicable) state medical licenses
  • Medical school dean’s letter
  • Additional letters of recommendations
  • Resident rotation schedule
  • Certificate or validation of all previous training
  • Relevant peer-reviewed publications

Contact Us

DIANE BORGWARDT, PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Diane Borgwardt

Program Coordinator

Family Medicine Residency

Rural Training Track Residency

Sports Medicine Fellowship

OB Fellowship

624 E. Front Avenue

Spokane, WA  99202

Phone: 509-626-9951

Fax: 509-626-9920