Sports Medicine Interest Group (SMIG)

What do we do?

The Sports Medicine Interest Group at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix educates on the sports medicine sub-specialty in both primary care and orthopedic settings. Our club supports events throughout the year, including free sports physicals to local youth athletes, shadowing primary care physicians at high school football games, and assisting with event coverage at a number of Phoenix-area races and triathlons. These events provide excellent opportunities to practice interview and physical exam skills with patients of all ages. We hope to provide opportunities for students to learn about the cause, diagnosis, and treatment of sports-related injuries and the ways in which these injuries can be prevented. Our club also sponsors on-campus discussions and simulations given by sports medicine practitioners throughout the year. CHIP credit is offered to students who volunteer at specific Sports Medicine CHIP Program events in the community (see the "Sports Medicine CHIP Program" page).

Who can participate in our events?

Any medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix can participate in the events we sponsor. There is no orientation required to participate, but first-year medical students may not participate in certain events (such as physical exams) until after Clinical Skills training in November of their first year. Because each event is unique, the dress code, length of time at each event, and what to bring to each event varies widely. Look out for emails, or email us at for specific information about our events.

Current Leadership 2024-2025

Valentyna Larchenko

Scotty Wynn

Austin Cronen

Marvin Hernandez

Faculty/Physician Sponsors:

Dr. Erik Dean:

Dr. Kam Hunter:

Dr. James Davidson: 

Dr. Leah Hillier: 

Examples of Past Events

Medical students volunteered at the Iron Man Triathlon in Phoenix, AZ on November 20, 2022.

U of A Med students at West View High School speaking to their Health Occupation Student Association club about getting into medical school, how sports influenced our decision to pursue medicine, our pre-med curriculum, and what a future in sports medicine looks like. 

On Saturday, March 5, 2016, students attended the Current Topics In Sports Medicine Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. On behalf of the Sports Medicine Interest Group, students were invited to attend the event for free. Shown here (left to right) are conference hosts and UACOMP faculty Dr. Hirsch Handmaker and Dr. Jonny Lifshitz, as well as students Zachary Wilson, Gabriella Smith, Tanner Heckle, and Laura Hamant. Eight students from the College of Medicine attended the conference. 

Other Examples of Our Yearly Events:

Past Club Leadership

2021-2022 Student Leadership

Asahi Murata:

Garret Trang:

Kendall Schwartz:

Milan Oxspring:

2020-2021 Student Leadership

Aaron Llanes:

Alexxa Wirth:

Tyler Vail:

2019-2020 Student Leadership

Patrick Mayolo:

Ty Carlson:

2018-2019 Student Leadership:      

Rebecca Chun: 

Casey Sedillo:

2017-2018 Student Leadership:      

Erin Hartnett:

Matthew Mitchell:

Megha Patel:

2016-2017 Student Leadership:

Matt Burnham:

Matt Gulbrandsen:

Kyle Howarth:

Dylan Sabb:

Annie Serra:

2015-2016 Student Leadership:

Tanner Heckle:

2014-2015 Student Leadership:

Nate Jones:

Alex Weatherly:

2013-2014 Student Leadership:

Sarah Rubenstein:

2012-2013 Student Leadership:

Trenden Flanigan:

Matt Petterson:

Associated Websites

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine -

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine -

American College of Sports Medicine -