Athletic Training Residency Program Curriculum

The Athletic Training Residency Program at Orthopedic + Fracture Specialists has created a curriculum which will allow the resident to become a proficient athletic trainer in the physician practice setting.

The program will consist of:

  • Rotations through the following specialties
    • Shoulder
    • Knee
    • Hip
    • Ankle
    • Elbow/wrist/hand
    • Ankle/foot
    • Total joints
    • Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R)
  • Rotations with sports medicine physicians and the current staff athletic trainers to learn how to take an accurate patient history and to communicate those findings effectively:
    • Patient demographic information
    • History of present illness
    • Mechanism of injury
    • Chief complaint
    • Progression of condition
    • Symptomology
    • Past medical history
    • Treatment / evaluation to date
    • How the condition impacts the patient’s life
  • Rotations with sports medicine physicians and current staff athletic trainers to learn how to perform an appropriate and accurate physical examination of the following body parts and indications:
    • Shoulder
    • Elbow
    • Wrist/hand/fingers
    • Spine
    • Hip
    • Knee
    • Ankle/foot
    • Total joint replacement
    • Fractures
  • Rotations with orthopedic surgeons in our ambulatory surgery center learning the following:
    • Sterile technique, including gowning and gloving
    • Sterile draping of the patient
    • Surgical equipment and implants
    • Understanding of joint arthroscopy
    • Assisting in surgery
    • Retraction
    • Preparation of grafts
    • Splint/brace application
  • The resident will have the opportunity to perform outreach responsibilities for local area high schools and club sports

In addition, the resident will be expected to become proficient at the following:

  • The resident will learn the ordering and interpretation of the following diagnostic studies:
    • X-rays
    • MRI/MRI arthrogram
    • CT scan/CT arthrogram
    • EMG
    • Ultrasound
  • The resident will learn how to answer patient questions regarding their condition, their treatment, and their surgery.
  • The resident will learn the application and removal of casts and splints
  • The resident will become proficient in the fitting and education of the following durable medical equipment (DME):
    • Crutches
    • Knee braces
    • Slings
    • Foot and ankle orthoses
    • Wrist and hand orthoses
  • The resident will learn to change post-operative dressing, evaluate surgical sites, and remove sutures and staples
  • The resident will assist the physician with minor in-clinic procedures such as joint aspirations and injections

Miscellaneous daily responsibilities:

The ideal athletic trainer is an employee of this organization who will aid in ALL areas of clinical operations, including but not limited to the following tasks:

  • Cleaning and stocking of patient rooms
  • Cleaning and stocking of the cast room
  • Handling patient phone calls
  • Preparing for clinic in advance by gathering information and ordering appropriate radiographs
  • Helping to room patients
  • Drawing up injections

Didactic curriculum:

The athletic training resident will have the following requirements which will help you to further your understanding of conditions, the business of healthcare, and the importance of evidence based medicine:

  • The resident will be required to complete 1 research project and present findings prior to their completion of the program. This should be chosen within the first 1 month of the program.
  • The resident will be required to complete 4 case studies throughout the program to be presented at the end of each quarter. Case studies will be submitted for publication or for oral presentation at state/district/national meetings.
  • The resident will complete quizzes as assigned to them by the staff athletic trainers or medical director, including clinical material, operating room material, and radiology.
  • The resident will be expected to be present for Grand Rounds as they are hosted in conjunction with the orthopedic residency.
  • Formal evaluations will be completed by the resident, program director, and appropriate physicians based on performance and knowledge.