Athletic Training Residency

A state-of-the-art residency program

University of Michigan, MedSport in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is offering a post-graduate Athletic Training Clinical Residency position designed to prepare the athletic trainer to function in the orthopaedic clinic setting. We are currently in the caATe accreditation process and intend to submit our self-study in June 2016.

The residency is a 1-year, term-limited position with a start date between mid-June and mid-July. During this 12-month residency, the athletic trainer will have the opportunity to work with MedSport's world-class orthopaedic surgeons in both the operating room and the clinical setting. The resident will spend two to three days per week in the operating room functioning as a Certified Orthopaedic Technician under direct supervision of the orthopaedic surgeon.

A wide variety of internal and external contact relationships are essential in appropriately performing the duties of this position. Internal contacts include, but are not limited to: staff members of the department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, physicians, nursing personnel, medical assistants, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, physician assistants, athletic trainers, musculoskeletal radiologists, radiology technicians, cast technicians, orthotic technicians, scrub technicians, clerical staff and patient escort staff. External contacts include, but are not limited to: physicians and providers from other institutions, equipment vendors, insurance representatives and case workers, interpreters, medical sales representatives, patients and patients' family members.

Patients include pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations referred from both within the hospital as well as from external sources.

Please read our Program Outline for more information.

Mission: The University of Michigan, MedSport's Athletic Training Residency Program strives to provide an advanced educational opportunity for athletic trainers to advance in clinical care of musculoskeletal evaluation and diagnosis. The goal of this residency program is to maximize the potential for athletic trainers in health care and to assist in the optimization of efficiency in the sports medicine and orthopaedic setting.


  1. Advance the athletic trainers knowledge in clinical musculoskeletal evaluation and diagnosis.
  2. Practice advanced clinical decision-making skills - with emphasis on managing physically active individuals with an orthopedic diagnosis.
  3. Participate in a multi-disciplinary team to optimize the management of orthopedic and sport related injuries.
  4. Advance the athletic training profession and orthopedic/sports medicine team through research, teaching and leadership.


  1. Provide an advanced plan of study in orthopedic evaluation, diagnosis and management of orthopedic pathologies through a detailed and structured curriculum that is consistent with the Post-Professional Athletic Training Residency Standards and Guidelines which will include didactic coursework, clinical practice, physician observation, sports clinical training and clinical research.
      a. Residents will show a commitment to the advanced plan of study through the following:
      • i. Participation in intra-departmental educational programs: journal clubs, clinical rotations, case study presentations, clinical research, case study presentations, and DME didactics
      • ii. Progress will be documented with clinical evaluations/assessments, re-evaluations, diagnosis, management of orthopedic patients and mentor forms
      • iii. Demonstration of proper scrub technique; proper positioning, prepping and draping of patients; applying and managing post-operative dressings following aseptic techniques; applications of casts, splints, immobilization devices and traction; and assisting with and performing the removal of orthopaedic hardware.
      • iv. Effective communication of providers' recommendations, procedures and findings through explanation to the patient, family and other healthcare providers.
  2. Provide a mentored clinical experience, with emphasis on the physically active population with an orthopedic diagnosis, under the supervision of recognized experts to include: athletic trainers, orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine primary care physicians, primary care family practice physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists and medical assistants.
      a. Commitment to the mentored clinical experience will be demonstrated by:
      • i. Attendance to weekly mentoring sessions - clinical and didactic
      • ii. Discussion of clinical and scientific concepts through documentation on mentor forms.
      • iii. Incorporation of clinical and scientific concepts into clinical assessment and treatment of patients through manual skills, differential diagnosis and patient management.

Why Choose MedSport

MedSport is part of the University of Michigan Health System, named by US News and World Report #1 in Michigan and among the best in the nation. Workplace Dynamics also recognizes UMHS as a national top workplace.

Our 45,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility integrates orthopaedic surgery, family medicine, physical therapy, athletic training services and onsite diagnostic imaging within the same physical space to provide patients with optimum care.

We provide services to professional athletes, Olympic athletes, collegiate athletes, high school athletes, recreational athletes and active individuals. Our certified athletic trainers are contracted to 15 area colleges, universities, and high schools, and to the USA Hockey National Team Development Program. Our physicians serve as team physicians for the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, USA Hockey, US Ski Team, USA All American Rugby Team and USA Rugby Team. They also provide second opinions to MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and US Figure Skating Council.

We dedicate ourselves to providing the best orthopaedic sports medicine care by being involved in cutting-edge research and technology in the practice of sports medicine. The NIH and the NFL, in addition to other organizations, fund current research, including human subject registries.

About Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan, has a rich history, a diverse character and a kinetic energy. It is conveniently located 45 minutes from Detroit and less than an hour from Lansing, Michigan. Forbes Magazine named Ann Arbor "The Best College Sports Town" in 2009 and 2010 and ranked it 4th on the "Smartest City in the US" in 2008.

Residency and Application




Required Licenses/Certifications


Athletic Training Licensure or eligibility for Athletic Training Licensure in the State of Michigan

Residency Application Materials

Application Includes:

The application process is a 3 part process:

  1. Hard copy of all application requirements mailed to:

      The University of Michigan, MedSport
      D. Patrick Dyer, MBA AT, ATC
      Program Director Athletic Training Program
      University of Michigan, MedSport
      24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive
      Ann Arbor, MI 48106-0391

  2. E-mail copy of all application requirements to:
  3. Please send an application through the National Athletic Trainers' Association website

Applications will be accepted January 1st until March 1st followed by interviews for the top candidates. Candidates will be notified of acceptance as soon as possible once the interviews are concluded.