An Athletic Training residency program is being offered at The University of South Carolina, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine for Certified Athletic Trainers. The residency program is for Athletic Trainers to expand their knowledge as physician extenders, further their education awareness in all aspects of sports medicine, and be able to work in a variety of clinical, surgical, research, and educational settings.
Educational and Objective Goals:
There are three basic and overarching educational goals for the University of South Carolina Athletic Training Residency program.
- The first goal is competency based education. The residents must become competent in six major areas as identified by Institute of Medicine (IOM) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS.) These areas will include patient-centered care, interdisciplinary collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, use of healthcare informatics, and professionalism.
- The second goal is didactical. The residents must achieve a development of analytical skills, clinical problem solving, self-directed study, teaching and research.
- The third goal is clinical. The residents must become competent in the performing physical examinations in both field and office settings. They must also be competent in decision making for treatment options for patients with sports injuries or conditions.
There are also sub-goals that address the basic goals.
- The first sub-goal to provide education and experience to Athletic Trainers in methods of treatment and protocols that the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Palmetto Health Hospital System have in place. The University of South Carolina Athletic Training Residency program will allow residents to participate in rotations such as Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Surgery, Primary Care Sports Medicine, Trauma Care, Radiology, Bracing and Casting, Outreach Coverage and other clinical setting rotations.
- The second sub-goal is to expose the Athletic Trainer residents to scientific research opportunities. Each resident will be responsible for one (1) research project which will include literature searching, project development, data collection, data analysis, and presentation/publication.
- The third sub-goal of the program is to become a NBCOT Certified Orthopaedic Technologist. Becoming NBCOT Certified will allow the athletic trainers to scrub, assist the physician in the operating room and obtain knowledge in sterilization techniques and surgical instruments.
The University of South Carolina Athletic Training Residency Program will provide Athletic Trainers the ability to participate in journal club meetings, and other research and educational meetings. These meetings will advance the knowledge base of the athletic training profession. The Athletic Trainer will be able to work side by side with physicians and be able to perform scientific and clinic evaluations. They will also be able to treat sports medicine and other complex injuries under physician supervision. The residency program will allow the Athletic Trainers to work in a variety of clinical settings such as radiology in order to obtain a better understanding of radiographic images and studies. Other clinical settings will include bracing and casting technology, as well as trauma rotations in the emergency room. Finally, the Athletic Trainers will be able to scrub, prep and drape patients and assist during surgery once they have obtained their Orthopaedic Tech Certification.
Athletic Training Resident Requirements:
The Athletic Training Residency will also require the Athletic Trainers to provide first class orthopaedic care to patients as physician extenders in both clinical settings and surgery. Athletic Trainers will be required to abide by the highest of professionalism during the residency and have a strong desire to learn and grow within the field of sports medicine.
Description of the Athletic Training Residency:
The University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Athletic Training Residency Program, aims to provide Athletic Trainers a broad clinical experience within twelve (12) months of rotations. The Athletic Training Residents will start the last week of July and will conclude the following July.
The Athletic Training Resident will rotate between surgeons, non-operative physicians, and other healthcare professionals within their twelve (12) month of residency. The rotations at the University of South Carolina, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Athletic Training Residency Program are mentorship-based in that each resident rotates with physicians and other healthcare professionals on a one-on-one basis, seeing patients in the office and field settings, performing physical examinations, assisting with surgeries, and decision making for treatment options.
The residents will be responsible for appropriate decision making in terms of the patient/athlete problem and the algorithmic approach to patient/athlete care. The residents will also be able to assist surgeons in the OR once they are certified as an Orthopaedic Technologist. The residents will abide by the OR skills curriculum and learn operating room skills. The program will provide an opportunity for Athletic Training Residents to hone their athletic training skills and to pursue their interests in sports medicine and athletic training research.
The University of South Carolina, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Athletic Training Residency Program allows athletic trainers to work in a variety of clinical settings. Majority of the time will be spent as an Athletic Trainer Physician Extender and a small amount of time will be spent as an outreach Athletic Trainer. The responsibilities of both the physician extender and outreach Athletic Trainers are below.
A. Athletic Trainer Physician Extender
The Athletic Trainer Physician extender responsibilities will include working side by side in clinic with surgeons, non-operative physicians and other healthcare professionals. The job duties of each practice will differ according to the specialty of the physician or healthcare professional. Some of the typical job duties that the Athletic Training Resident will perform are: obtaining the patient’s medical history, perform physical examinations, make prospectively decisions about treatment and then presenting to the physician. The Athletic Training Resident will also be responsible for understanding radiological images and learning the techniques of bracing and casting. Once the resident as obtained his/her certificate as an Orthopaedic Technologist, they will be responsible to follow OR curriculum and learn operating room skills such as prepping and draping, sterilization techniques and obtaining knowledge of surgical instruments.
B. Outreach Athletic Trainer
The Outreach Athletic Trainer will provide athletic training services to local colleges, high schools or professional athletes. The Athletic Training Resident will perform a wide variety of duties requiring specific knowledge of athletic training. Some duties and responsibilities include but not limited to assessment of injuries, education of athletes and the community in the areas of sports injury prevention and care, provide coverage to practice and events, completes proper documentation and record keeping, managing budgets, ordering of supplies, communicate effectively with physicians, coaches and parents, and perform duties as assigned.
- Current BOC Athletic Training Certification
- Minumum of Master’s Degree
- Current CPR Certified
- South Carolina Licensure, or in application process
- Orthopaedic Tech Certification by NBCOT, or in application process
Please send resume, cover letter and three letters of recommendation to:
- Kevin J. Herod, MS, ATC, SCAT
Athletic Training Coordinator
USC Sports Medicine
2 Medical Park, Suite 404
Columbia, SC 29203
- South Carolina DHEC Athletic Trainer Application
- University of South Carolina School of Medicine HIPPA Training
- University of South Carolina School of Medicine HIPPA Training Form