Sports Medicine CHIP Program

Program Overview

The Sports Medicine CHIP Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix is an outreach program that exists as an extension of the Sports Medicine Interest Group. The Sports Medicine CHIP Program sponsors various events throughout Phoenix. Some of our past events include:
  • Free sports physicals to local youth athletes (in our Sports Physicals outreach, we partner with local high schools, OrthoArizona, and the AZ Sports Medicine Center)
  • Professional women's tackle football sports physicals
  • Medical assistance at local races and triathlons
  • Medical assistance on the sideline of high school football games

How do I volunteer?

To find out more about upcoming Sports Medicine CHIP Program events, email
There is no orientation required to sign up for an event, but orientation may be provided at the beginning of an event. 
Each event is unique, thus the dress code, length of time at each event, and what to bring to each event varies. 
The specifics of each event will be emailed to you prior to the event.

Upcoming Events

TOPS Sports Physicals: 
When: April 1, 2017
Where: Sunnyslope High School 35 W. Dunlap, Phoenix
Details: Med students and volunteer physicians 
will be performing free sports physicals 
to ~1,500 local high school athletes


Program Leadership

CHIP Leader: Matt Burnham

Matt Burnham received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University.
Matt has participated in many sports, including football, wrestling, distance running, road biking, and triathlons. 
Matt’s sporting background has instilled in him a desire to promote health among athletes and help them return to the sports they love. 
In school, Matt will strive to serve and help local athletes with his fellow medical students. 
As a physician, Matt hopes to educate athletes of all ages to make healthy lifestyle choices and prevent acute and chronic sports injuries.

Faculty/Physician Sponsors:
Dr. Erik Dean -
Dr. Kam Hunter - 
Dr. Tod Sugihara -  

Associated Websites

American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine -
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine -
American College of Sports Medicine -

Learning Objectives

  • Use interview and physical exam skills obtained from the doctoring course to perform a complete sports physical and/or perform an injury assessment
  • Recognize pathology and use the sports medicine physician to confirm diagnosis
  • Practice communication skills and improve ability to establish rapport with patients
  • Demonstrate presentation skills by presenting interview and physical exam information to the sports medicine physician
  • Understand anatomic or physiologic conditions that can affect or limit participation in athletic activity
  • Recognize how social and financial barriers affect participation in athletic activity and proper follow up care for injuries
  • Understand the prognosis and recuperation of sports related injuries, and appreciate the process of Return-To-Play evaluation 
  • Appreciate the sports medicine physician's role within the greater community