Qualifications and Application Materials

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.

Qualifications

  • State of Wisconsin Athletic Training licensure or (application in process)
  • NATA-BOC certification
  • NPI Number
  • Two years’ experience as an athletic trainer is preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • CPR/AED Certification 

Application Requirements and Selection Process

Application Requirements

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Intent (including decision to pursue residency program and future career goals)
  3. Three (3) professional letters of recommendation

Qualified candidates must submit a formal electronic employment application. All new applicants will be required to create a username and password. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection Process

Once complete applications are received:

  1. Select candidates will be contacted for a phone interview.
  2. Qualified candidates will then be selected for mandatory, on-site interviews.
  3. Candidates will be responsible for all travel costs to and from Madison, Wis.
  4. Once in Madison, all other accommodations (meals, hotel, transportation) will be provided by the UW Health Athletic Training Residency Program.
  5. Final decisions will be made by the end of April and all candidates will be contacted.

Residency Program Costs

  • State of Wisconsin License
  • Board of Certification (BOC) Maintenance Fees
  • OTC Exam Registration (reimbursed after successful completion of exam)
  • Housing
  • Travel from home to clinical sites
  • Parking at select clinical locations

Scholarships are not offered as part of the UW Health Athletic Training Residency Program

Program Goals and Outcomes

Residency Program Goals

The UW Health Athletic Training Residency Program seeks to:

  • Provide athletic trainers with a comprehensive 12-month residency with didactic, scholarly, and clinical experiences providing an emphasis in musculoskeletal assessment and diagnosis within the sports medicine and orthopedic setting.
  • Prepare athletic training residents to participate as versatile members of a healthcare team within the sports medicine and orthopedic setting through the application of advanced knowledge and skills.
  • To develop athletic training professionals who apply their advanced knowledge of musculoskeletal assessment and diagnosis in employment settings consistent with their residency training.

Resident Learning Outcomes

UW Health Athletic Training Residents will:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge beyond their initial professional preparation in the area of musculoskeletal assessment and diagnosis within the sports medicine and orthopedic setting.
  • Apply the CAATE Post-Professional Core Competencies to professional practice:
    • Employ patient-centered care
    • Demonstrate interdisciplinary collaboration
    • Interpret and apply evidence to guide their athletic training practice
    • Reflect for the purpose of quality improvement
    • Apply healthcare informatics
    • Demonstrate professional conduct
  • Demonstrate competence through successful completion of the orthopedic technologist exam.
  • Prepare and present scholarly work in an interdisciplinary educational forum.

Goal: To develop athletic training professionals who apply their advanced knowledge of musculoskeletal assessment in diagnosis in employment settings consistent with their residency training.

Performance Indicators: 80% of residents will work in an employment setting consistent with their residency training 6 months post program completion.

UW Health Athletic Training Residency Program Aggregate Data (2016-2019)

  • Completion Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate: 100%; employed in the clinical setting
  • Retention Rate: NA; 12-month program
Residency YearNumber of ResidentsCompletion RateEmployment RateRetention Rate
2016-20172100%100%NA
2017-20182100%100%NA
2018-20192100%100%NA

Program Calendar

July and August (Orientation)

  • University Hospital Orientation
  • UW Health Athletic Training Residency Orientation
  • Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Clinical Training

August and September (Primary Care Focus)

  • Clinical Responsibilities
  • Casting and Splinting Application Training
  • Casting/Orthotics/DME
  • Friday Morning Conference Attendance

October to December (Knee and Shoulder Focus / Total Joint Focus)

  • Clinical Responsibilities
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology
  • Friday Morning Conference Attendance
  • Casting/Orthotics/DME
  • Orthopedic Technician Certification Examination (November)
  • Case Study Presentation – UW Sports Medicine Education Forum (October)

January to March (Hip Preservation Focus / Pediatric Orthopedics Focus)

  • Clinical Responsibilities
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology
  • Surgical Observation
  • Friday Morning Conference Attendance

April and May (Foot and Ankle Focus)

  • Clinical Responsibilities
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology
  • Surgical Observation
  • Friday Morning Conference Attendance
  • Administrative Meetings
  • Case Study Presentation – UW Sports Medicine Education Forum (April)

June and July (Elective Focus)

  • Clinical Responsibilities
  • Surgical Observation
  • Friday Morning Conference Attendance
  • Job Search

Athletic Training Resident Sample Week Schedule (October)

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
AMClinical: Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician ClinicOR Observation: Knee/Shoulder SurgeonStaff Meeting Clinical: Surgeon Clinic (knee)Mid-Rotation Meeting Sports Rehab Observation: ACL Progressive TestingSports Medicine Friday Morning Conference Clinical: Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician Clinic
PMClinical: Surgeon Clinic (knee)OR Observation: Knee/Shoulder SurgeonEducation Forum: Case PrepClinical: Surgeon Clinic (knee/shoulder)MSK Radiology: MSK US Procedures

UW Health Athletic Training Residency

Description

The UW Health Sports Medicine program offers a 12-month athletic training residency that is designed to provide the athletic trainer with a breadth of experience in the sports medicine clinical setting. Our clinical area of focus is orthopedics.

Two athletic training residents will be accepted annually for the UW Health Athletic Training Residency Program.

Each athletic training resident will be provided with rotation-specific competencies and objectives he/she will be required to meet throughout the course of the residency experience.

Clinical Rotations/Area of Focus

  • Primary Care Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Knee and Shoulder
  • Hip Preservation
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Orthopedic Foot and Ankle
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Elective

In addition to the clinical rotations, the athletic training residents will be active participants in learning. Each athletic training resident is expected to:

  • Participate in intra-departmental educational programming by delivering two educational presentations throughout the residency program
  • Observe readings of various imaging (x-rays, MRI, CT) and administration of US/Fluoro-guided procedures in Musculoskeletal Radiology
  • Observe and scrub-in with orthopedic surgeons in the outpatient operating room
  • Attend pre, mid and final rotation meetings with assigned focus area preceptors
  • Perform a self-assessment, seek constructive feedback and utilize feedback to modify the behavior
  • Participate in athletic training residency program review and development

Accreditation

CAATE Accredited Program

The UW Health Sports Medicine Athletic Training Residency Program has been granted initial program accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program’s next comprehensive review, including a self-study and on-site review, is scheduled to occur during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Learn more

More Information

Program Director: Maria Kostichka mkostichka@uwhealth.org or (608) 890-7502.

UW Health Sports Medicine

UW Health Orthopedics and Rehabilitation