Sports Medicine Fellowship

Welcome to the Millcreek Community Hospital Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. We have recently been awarded a five year accreditation by the American Osteopathic Association to continue to train two primary care sports medicine fellows each year.

Sports Medicine Fellowship

Program Director: Patrick F. Leary, D.O., FAOSM, FACSM


Telephone: (814) 868-7860
Welcome to the Millcreek Community Hospital Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. We have recently been awarded a five year accreditation by the American Osteopathic Association to continue to train two primary care sports medicine fellows each year. Under the program direction of Patrick F. Leary D.O., FAOASM, FACSM, the fellowship was established in 2007.


The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Millcreek Community Hospital is dedicated to train osteopathic fellows in the fundamental and contemporary elements in Sports Medicine. The goal of our fellowship program is to provide our fellows with the tools and resources to develop a comprehensive fund of knowledge, sound clinical decision making, and excellent procedural skills. This enables them to enter practice as exceptional osteopathic sports medicine physicians. Extensive training in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Osteopathic Manipulation, and Bio-Regenerative Injection separates this fellowship from others. The program, led by Patrick F. Leary, D.O., FAOASM, currently the immediate past president of the national specialty college, brings national primary care sports medicine issues to the Erie community.

Our affiliation with LECOM, the largest and most innovative medical school in the nation, has allowed for teaching and training in association with many fine osteopathic specialists in the community. Our campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, Bradenton, Florida and Greensburg, Pennsylvania have facilitated nationwide research and broad opportunities for the fellows.

Program Overview

The Sports Medicine Program will offer you the experience, training, and leadership. We are a program for osteopathic physicians taught and led by osteopathic physicians, and we adhere to the competencies of the American Osteopathic Association, American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. We review applications from osteopathic physicians who have completed residencies in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Your exposures will expand skills in return-to-play determinations, concussion management, neuropsychological testing, and ACL injury prevention. We take pride in our Musculoskeletal Ultrasound curriculum, and the ultrasound machines are used daily in diagnosis and guidance of procedures.  We frequently perform injection therapies which include simple steroid injections up to Bio-Regeneratives comprising of viscosupplementation, PRP (Platelet-rich Plasma), and prolotherapy.  Management builds upon integrative components related to the expanding field of sports competition, movement, and exercise. Functional movement screening is emphasized in performance enhancement and injury prevention.

As head team physicians for over 700 athletes at Mercyhurst University, Doctors Leary and Rial perform pre-participation physical examinations, weekly training rooms, and daily injury assessments throughout the athletic seasons. On-field event coverage of football and men’s and women’s Division I hockey are part of our responsibilities. The Sports Medicine Fellows primary continuity clinics are performed at the Student Health Center on the Mercyhurst University campus and allow for ongoing training in their primary specialty.

LECOM Sports Medicine also provides the medical care and event coverage for the NBA Development League franchise, Erie BayHawks. Playing a fifty game season, the BayHawks are affiliated with the Atlanta Hawks.  Over 30 home games, in addition to postseason play, are covered each year.  LECOM Sports Medicine also provides medical services for Mercyhurst Preparatory School Sports and Corry High School Sports.

Daily office patients are certainly not limited to sports injuries, as we also optimize treatment for our expanding Baby Boomer population. We specialize in non-surgical musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. The Sports Medicine Department is located in the 100,000 square foot LECOM Medical Wellness Center. The LECOM Wellness Center provides Physical Therapy, Aquatic therapy, and opportunities in aerobic classes, Yoga, and TaiChi. The second floor of the building is a complete physical fitness facility. Also within our building is Orthopedic, Geriatric, and OB/ Gynecology Specialists, along with a complete radiology suite with x-ray/CT/Nuclear/DEXA.


Weekly didactic lectures and OMT workshops for the LECOM medical students and residents are presented by the Sports Medicine Department. Sports medicine physicians precept MSIII and MSIV students in clinical exposures. The fellowship plays an integral role for the LECOM Sports Medicine Club, providing mentoring, didactics, and demonstrations monthly for this enthusiastic club.

Attendance and presentations are required at the annual meetings of the AOASM and ACSM. The LECOM Sports Medicine leadership has historically been a part of the national sports medicine arena. We feel that both local and national exposure enhances lifelong learning and future career opportunities for the fellows.

There are educational and philanthropic activities available in Mexico and Honduras through the Hackett Hemwall Foundation. Fellows are encouraged to participate in a yearly injection therapy course sponsored by the University of Wisconsin. Integrative components of nutrition, stress management, sleep, and body-mind-spirit perspectives are incorporated into our curriculum.

Our one-year post residency fellowship offers supervised experiences by board certified sports medicine specialists in the office, in the classroom, and on the side lines. Research opportunities, national speaking venues, and yearly publications are part of our norm.

Selected candidates will be asked to interview in Erie, PA. LECOM Sports Medicine does not participate in the match.

Thank you for your interest in our exciting program.


Patrick F. Leary DO, FAOASM, FACSM
Certified in Family Practice, Sports Medicine, and Geriatrics (and Recertified)

Christopher W. Rial DO
CAQ Sports Medicine, Certified in Family Practice and Sports Medicine

Josh Tuck DO
Orthopedic Surgery

Anthony Ferretti DO
Orthopedic Surgery

LECOM Health – Millcreek Community Hospital
Medical Education
5515 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509

Tara Yochim
Medical Education Program Coordinator
Family Medicine Residency
Podiatry Residency
Sports Medicine Fellowship
Traditional Rotating Internship
(814) 868-8294

Patrick Leary, D.O., FAOASM, FACSM
Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Director
5401 Peach Street, Suite 3400
Erie, PA 16509
(814) 868-7860

Selection of residents and fellows shall not be based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, color, disability which would not directly impede the training process or any other characteristic protected by law.