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Children's Hospital Colorado offers a comprehensive 12-month athletic training residency with clinical and didactic education in specialized areas for certified athletic trainers. We use an evidence-based approach to enhance the quality of patient care, optimize patient outcomes and improve patients’ quality of life. The residency program aims to prepare athletic trainers to be resourceful and skilled team members in an orthopedic setting. We emphasize musculoskeletal evaluation and diagnosis, which will provide residents the foundation to be successful in this field.
Children's Colorado is leading the way as one of the first children’s hospitals in the nation to offer a pediatric athletic training residency. The year-long program runs from June to June. Athletic training residents will rotate with several physicians throughout the year, working alongside national leaders in pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine. Children's Colorado will accept one certified athletic trainer into this year's residency program.
The residency offers the opportunity to observe our providers in a variety of settings including the operating room, physical therapy and the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis. Other educational opportunities include: weekly sports medicine and orthopedics grand rounds, journal club and exam preparation for the National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Technologists. Residents will also enjoy health benefits and team member discounts for events, ski passes and restaurants.
The program's curriculum is best suited for athletic trainers who want to improve their evaluation and diagnostic skills in orthopedics. The athletic training resident will rotate throughout different orthopedic specialties with a variety of nationally recognized physicians. Each rotation has learning competencies, unique responsibilities and dedicated preceptors. Rotations include:
The program emphasizes these main areas:
We look for candidates who take clear initiative to further their knowledge through evidence-based medicine and grow professionally in athletic training. Applicants are required to have a Master's degree, National Certification (BOC), BLS/CPR certification, and State of Colorado Registration (DORA). Please see Application Requirements for additional information.
Residency Program Coordinator, Laura Stewart, ATC, and Residency Medical Director, Jay Albright, MD, oversee the residency program.
Our physicians and staff in pediatric orthopedics, orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation medicine are leaders in innovative research and superior care for children and young adults. This team of caregivers ensures the best possible outcomes for our patients, families and communities. The athletic training resident will become an integrated part of this multidisciplinary team through education and professional growth.
Children's Colorado's athletic training residency offers opportunities to earn continuing education credits (CEUs) during the course of the year. Residents can collect CEUs by participating in established educational offerings including CEU events on campus at Children's Colorado and the University of Colorado Sports Medicine. Children's Colorado will also provide a fund for athletic trainers to advance their education by attending conferences or symposiums.
As an athletic training resident, you will be required to submit and/or present original content at a local, regional or national conference and develop a quality improvement project with an attending physician.
The athletic training resident will receive one-on-one coaching to provide feedback, guidance and overall mentorship through the course of the residency. Regular one-on-one meetings will aid the resident's professional growth and self-awareness relating to their individual strengths and opportunities as a teammate and professional. Coaching is separate from the focused education on clinical skills throughout the program. Coaching will focus on the needs of the resident and their long-term career goals. Residents will have dedicated time to self-reflect and learn new skills and strategies that enhance their abilities as future leaders in the community.
Our athletic training residency will not only help improve residents' evaluation and diagnostic skills, but broaden their view of where and how athletic trainers can provide care.
Given their advanced patient-care and musculoskeletal knowledge, athletic trainers help guide patients though the entire evaluation and treatment process. Athletic trainers help improve clinical productivity, outcomes and patient satisfaction. They provide semi-autonomous healthcare under a licensed physician while performing medical history intake, physical examinations, injury assessments, patient education and assisting in procedures.
Children's Colorado's surgeons specialize in a variety of pediatric orthopedic concentrations, which provides residents with an exclusive opportunity to observe surgical procedures. Athletic training residents help coordinate pre-surgical planning in the clinic, observe the procedure in the operating room and follow up with post-operative care. Our surgeons teach sterile field policies, tool and instrument use, surgical techniques and much more.
Our pediatric athletic training residency is the first of its kind in the nation. You will work with physicians, surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists, nurses and other team members who are among the best in the country at what they do. Children's Colorado is consistently recognized as one of the top children's hospitals in the nation. We see more, treat more and heal more children than any other hospital in our seven-state region – and we’ve been doing it for more than 100 years. As a team member here, you help empower the children who walk through our doors every day.
Our largest hospital is located in Aurora, Colorado, a major suburb of Denver. Children's Colorado's other locations throughout the Denver metro area and southern Colorado also offer a variety of experiences for athletic training residents. Colorado boasts nearly 300 days of sunshine a year, a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods and natural beauty that create one of the world's most spectacular playgrounds. We are just hours from some of the top ski resorts in the nation and even closer to a number of outdoor activities for all seasons. Reliable transportation is necessary for the winter months.
We accept applications from December 1 to March 1. Any application received after March 1 will not be reviewed. Onsite interviews take place in late April. If accepted, we will notify you in May with a start date in late June. Begin the online application process now.