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UW Health Athletic Training Residency

Clinical Responsibilities


The mission of the UW Health Athletic Training Residency Program is to prepare the athletic trainer to be a complete and versatile health care provider within the orthopedic clinic setting, with strong emphasis on research coordination and implementation. 

  1. The performance of an appropriate medical history on each patient seen that must include but is not limited to:
    • A thorough history of injury or condition
    • A primary complaint
    • A pain level assessment
    • Past medical history
    • Quality-of-life and how it is affected
  2. The performance of an appropriate physical examination on each patient seen. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Range-of-motion testing
    • Strength and/or manual muscle testing
    • Sensation testing
    • Palpation
    • Functional testing
    • Ligamentous testing
    • Special tests as needed
  3. The ordering of diagnostic studies or other referrals under the direction of the attending physician to include but is not limited to:
    • Radiographs
    • MRIs
    • EMG studies
    • CT scans
    • Ultrasounds
    • Rehabilitation referrals
    • Physician referrals
  4. The performance of educational responsibilities in specific to the needs of each individual patient. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Exercise instruction
    • Answering patient questions in regards to the treatment plan, surgery, rehabilitation and future care
  5. Providing initial rehabilitation exercises and the instruction, demonstration and feedback on patient performance of the exercises as directed by the attending physician
  6. Fitting the patient with splints, crutches, braces, wraps and other equipment as directed by the attending physician. The incumbent will also educate the patient on the appropriate use of the equipment provided to the patient.
  7. Removal of sutures and providing dressing changes to post-surgical patients as directed by the attending physician.
  8. Aiding the physician in preparing patients for injections that will be performed by the attending physician. Preparations include cleaning and disinfecting the area to be injected and preparing materials to be utilized both prior to and after the injection.
  9. Dictation and documentation of each patient visit following guidelines following all outlined guidelines in the dictation template. To include:
    • History (including pain rating and problem list updates)
    • Physical examination
    • Diagnostic test results
    • Impression
    • Plan
    • Patient learning
    • Copy of dictated note to appropriate healthcare providers

Performance Measures

  • Demonstrates ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status
  • Demonstrates the ability to interpret relevant information needed to identify each patient's care requirements
  • Demonstrates the ability to record accurate patient dictation notes as evidenced by annual chart review for each specific age group identified
  • Accurately documents the results of evaluations completed by attending staff physicians
  • Demonstrates willingness, flexibility and positive attitude toward performing substitute clinic coverage
  • Delivers patient care in a positive, caring and empathetic manner while working to assure all patient questions are answered in a helpful manner