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Academic Experience

Learning Objectives

  • Clinical rotations to enhance the resident’s clinical decision making and practice.
  • Study in the orthopedic specialty through a structured curriculum
  • Feedback and professional growth provided through a combination of athletic training milestone assessments, competencies, written patient management plans, practical assessments, and case studies.


Athletic training milestones assessment and pre-program orthopedics exam

Assessments and exams will be used to measure growth and provide feedback for the resident.

Clinical rotations

Physician office - Rotation

  • Past medical and social history
  • History of chief complaint
  • Identify mechanism of injury
  • Patient preparation for relevant imaging or procedures
  • Perform initial physical exam
  • Concussion assessment
  • Complete patient education and discharge

Physical Therapy – Rotation

  • Participate with patient’s therapeutic exercise protocol
  • Assist with concussion sub-symptom exercise program
  • Assist with AMPs program
  • Observe stepdown PT patients

Secondary School Setting - Rotation

  • Weekly game coverage (less than 15 hours/week)
  • Collection of pre-participation physicals
  • Collaborate with school nurse, athletic director, team physician
  • Maintain injury reports, treatment logs, clearance notes, etc. on Healthy Roster EMR system

Sample Rotation Schedule

Achieve proficiency in athletic training resident competencies

  • Patient centered care
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Evidence based practice
  • Quality improvement
  • Health care informatics
  • Professionalism

Surgical observations

The resident will have the opportunity to observe a variety of orthopedic surgical procedures by Atlantic Health physicians.

Obtain phlebotomy training and certification

The resident will obtain training in phlebotomy from Atlantic Health Systems, and be able to perform the skills in order to obtain the certification.

Write individualized patient management plans

The resident will write detailed plans of care which are customized to each patients individual needs and circumstances.

Present relevant patient case studies to clinical staff/preceptors

The resident will routinely pick a case which has provided a unique opportunity to learn about an unusual injury or condition.  They will develop a presentation and then present it to clinical staff and preceptors.

Complete semiannual oral practical evaluations

Clinical staff will pose questions to the resident during the exam, and the resident will answer and/or demonstrate the solution to the question in a way to show sufficient knowledge in order to pass the exam.

Attend Atlantic Sports Health outreach educational programs

  • Sports medicine lecture series
  • Didactics
  • Journal clubs
  • Other BOC approved educational events

Elective rotations

Residents will have an opportunity to choose from: 

  • Family medicine
  • Podiatry
  • Sports chiropractic care
  • Sports nutrition
  • Sports cardiology