Millcreek Comminuty Hospital - Erie, PA
Sports Medicine Fellowship

LECOM/ Millcreek Community Hospital Sports Medicine Fellowship Program

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, we are in our sixth year of operation.

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Sports Medicine Fellows,
Andrew Martin, D.O.
& Craig Chappell, D.O.

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 like none other. 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 include expanding skills in return-to-play determinations, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Injection Therapy, Prolotherapy, and Concussion Management. Computer based Neuropsych Testing, ACL Injury Prevention, Acupuncture (and a host of other sports medicine and integrative components related to the expanding field of sports competition, movement and exercise) are provided. Functional movement screening is emphasized in performance enhancement and injury prevention.

Head team physicians for over 700 athletes at Mercyhurst University including Division I men s and women s hockey, Doctors Leary and Coppola perform pre-participation physical examinations, training rooms anddaily injury assessments throughout the athletic seasons. On-field event coverage of football and men s and women s 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.

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(top) Mercyhurst University Football & Hockey, (bottom left) Gregory Coppola, D.O., Andrew Martin, D.O., Anthony Ferretti, D.O., (Orthopedics), Patrick Leary, D.O., (bottom right) Patrick Leary, D.O. & Craig Chappell, D.O.

Additionally, LECOM Sports Medicine provides the medical care and event coverage for the NBA Development League franchise, Erie BayHawks. Playing a fifty game season, the BayHawks are in their third year and are affiliated with the Orlando Magic.

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(left to right) Orlando Magic, Erie BayHawks, Patrick Leary, D.O.

LECOM Sports cover OHL Erie Otter's Hockey, Erie Explosion Arena Football and Erie Seawolves AA Pro Baseball. Daily clinical patients include fitness injury evaluations and treatment for our expanding Baby Boomer population and non-surgical musculoskeletal diagnosis and therapies. The Sports Medicine Department is located in the 100,000 square foot ECOM Wellness Center. The LECOM Wellness Center provides Physical Therapy, Aquatic therapy and integrative opportunities of Yoga, TaiChi, and a complete physical fitness facility. Also, Orthopedic, Radiology, Gynecology and Geriatric Specialists and a complete xray suite with CT/Nuclear/Dexa/Ultrasound share the third floor. MCH s Orthopedic Residency, Geriatric, and OMM Fellowships are integrated into the Sports Medicine curriculum.

Yearly 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. Presently, Dr. Leary is President of the AOASM.

Educational and philanthropic activities have been experienced yearly in Honduras through the Hackett Hemwall Foundation. An immersion experience in Prolotherapy techniques is held each spring. Fellows are encouraged to participate in a yearly injection therapy course sponsored by the University of Wisconsin. Acupuncture, nutrition and a mind-body perspective are all incorporated into the year long curriculum.

Weekly didactic lectures for the LECOM Medical Students are presented by the Sports Medicine Department in addition to OMM lab demonstrations. Sports Medicine Physicians precept MSIII and MSIV students monthly in clinical exposures along with mentoring the LECOM Sports Medicine Club, providing didactics and demonstrations monthly for this enthusiastic club.

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LECOM Medical Students Lindsey Stephens & Jennifer Trypkowski present their Sports Medicine Research at a national conference.

The 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 publication are part of our norm.

Residents applying to our Sports Medicine, OMM, Geriatirc FM, and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowships and Residents wanting to apply to an OGME-2 Year (or beyond) are encouraged to submit a Residency/Fellowship Application (on-line application) to Medical Education, Millcreek Community Hospital. A copy of the Resident's/Fellow's board scores, transcript and at least two letters of recommendation are to be included. To apply to any of our Internships (OGME1 Residency Positions), our Gastroenterology Fellowship and our Geriatric Internal Medicine Fellowship, please submit an application through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Services). Selected candidates will be asked to personally interview in Erie. LECOM Sports Medicine does not participate in the match.

Thank you for your interest in our exciting program.


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

Gregory W. Coppola, D.O., FAOASM
Certified in Family Practice, Sports Medicine, OMM, Integrative Medicine Fellowship

Contact Information:

Patrick Leary, D.O.
5401 Peach Street
Suite 3400
Erie, PA 16509
(814) 868-7860

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5515 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509
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