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UW Health Athletic Training Residency

Goals and Opportunities


The UW Health Athletic Training Residency Program prepares 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.



  • To explicitly train the experienced athletic trainer to work within any orthopedic clinic environment through their experience gained at one of the top comprehensive academic orthopedic programs in the country.
  • To provide educational opportunities regarding leading orthopedic surgical and rehabilitation techniques within general orthopedics and sports medicine.
  • To educate the athletic trainer regarding the general medical implications that affect orthopedic care.
  • Become orthopedic tech certified (OTC) and be able to apply and remove orthopedic and casting materials as well as fit and modify appropriate durable medical equipment.
  • To expose the athletic trainer to the operating room environment.
  • To educate the athletic trainer across the spectrum of musculoskeletal radiology and other diagnostic tests associated with the field of orthopedics.
  • To expose and allow the athletic trainer to assist in outcomes-based research within an orthopedic setting.
  • To educate the athletic trainer on concussion management, using ImPACT clinical testing and evaluation.


  • 12-month program
  • 40 hours radiology training
  • Daily contact with the clinic physicians while assisting with patient care as a physician extender
  • Observation time in the operating room
  • Exposure to rehabilitation concepts at every step of the treatment process
  • Participation in weekly educational meetings with physician and allied health staff across the UW Health Sports Medicine program
  • Participation and/or attendance at conferences sponsored by UW Health Sports Medicine
  • Representation of UW Health Sports Medicine at designated athletic venues by providing medical coverage