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Athletic Training Residency Program


The Michigan State University Athletic Training Residency Program is a twelve month program designed to educate an Athletic Trainer and integrate their skills into the clinical and surgical setting as a physician extender. Give the athletic trainer new tools to bring as a physician extender to the orthopedic job market.


To be a leader in the education of Athletic Trainers to be outstanding Physician Extenders in Orthopedic care.

Curriculum - Job Description - Job Requirements

Resident and physicianCore Competencies

Upon Completion of the Michigan State University Sports Medicine Athletic training residency program athletic Trainers will be competent in all aspects of Orthopedics. These skills will include:

75% MSU Sports Medicine Clinic Physician Extender in Orthopedics and Primary Care

1. Medical History: Demonstrate proficiency in taking patient history and physicals

  • Determination of primary complaint
  • Review of systems
  • Pain level assessment
  • Past medical history
  • Review of medications/allergies
  • Quality of life determination
  • Musculoskeletal and Neurologic Physical Exam

2. Range of motion testing of all joints and spine

  • Strength manual and objective testing
  • Neurologic exam including Cranial nerves
  • Joint stability testing
  • Learn and demonstrate problem specific orthopedic and musculoskeletal exam skills
  • Functional testing

3. Able to communicate effectively diagnostic and musculoskeletal exam findings to medical providers

  • Show basic understanding of radiologic imaging techniques and diagnostic results

4. Prepare orders for diagnostic studies and other referrals under the direction of the attending physician

  • Imaging – X-Ray, MRI, CT scan, Ultrasound
  • Electrodiagnostic studies

5. Patient education

  • Answering patient questions in regards to diagnosis, treatment plan (surgical and non surgical), bracing, rehabilitation and future care
  • Learn how to communicate and demonstrate effectively with patients, home rehabilitation programs
  • Communicate effectively to patients the provider’s recommendations in person or by phone
  • Communicate effectively to patients their test results in person or by phone

6. Selection, fitting and application of splints, crutches, braces, wraps as prescribed.

  • Provide appropriate instruction on the use and maintenance of the device.

7. Removal of sutures and dressing changes to post-surgical patients

  • Learn and demonstrate proper pre and post operative patient instructions and wound care

8. Preparation of patients for injection

Casting and Splinting

1. Participate in the fabrication of immobilization options as needed

  • Learn and demonstrate proper casting, splinting techniques and fitting of DME

2. Athletic Trainer will document patient care according to Michigan State university health team policies and procedures for outpatient services

  • Demonstrate proficiency in charting in the Electronic medical record
  • Learn and demonstrate proper charting format using dictation equipment

Triage and Urgent Care

Participates in the acute management of patient’s phone inquires

  • Learn how to review, evaluate, and triage phone notes for providers
  • Learn how to triage patients and maximize provider’s schedule and patient flow
  • Demonstrate the ability to function as a patient care team member with clinical staff and other health care professionals
  • Understand the differences in caring for patients in an outpatient setting verses athletes in a training room setting

Coding and Billing

Show a basic understanding of coding and billing for visits in an outpatient setting

15% Surgery Time with a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Demonstrate proper scrub technique and OR etiquette

10% Research, Educational Programs and Outreach Activities

  • In-Service programs, and intra-departmental education programs
  • Departmental community outreach programs
  • Athletic training residency program review and development
  • Collection and interpretation of outcomes data
  • Research project at the discretion of the Program Director

Educational Goals

  • To train the experienced Athletic trainer to work within any orthopedic clinic environment in a variety of roles as a physician extender
  • To provide educational opportunities regarding leading orthopedic surgical and rehabilitation techniques within general orthopedics and sports medicine
  • To educate the Athletic trainer regarding the general medical implications and healthcare policy that affect Orthopedic Care
  • Become Orthopedic Tech Certified (OTC), fit/modify Durable Medical equipment (DME)
  • To introduce and teach the resident Operating Room etiquette, first assist duties, pre- and post-operative patient care
  • To expose the Athletic trainer to musculoskeletal radiology interpretation and other diagnostic tests in the field of Sports medicine and Orthopedics
  • To expose and assist in outcome based research within the orthopedic setting


Dr. Doug Dietzel, DO
Dr. Michael Shingles, DO
Dr. Andrew Schorfhaar, DO
Dr. Luke Wilcox, DO
Dr. Jeff Kovan, DO
Dr. Robert Norris, MD
Michael Straus, PA-C, ATC
Kate Supianoski, PA-C 
Dr. Jeff Knake, MD
Dr. Ryan Fajardo, MD

Director MSU Sports Medicine, Orthopedics
Assistant professor, Orthopedics
Assistant Professor, Orthopedics
Assistant Professor, Orthopedics
Assistant Professor, Primary Care
Assistant Professor, Primary Care
Program Director
Assistant Professor, Musculoskeletal Radiology
Assistant Professor, Musculoskeletal Radiology


Please direct all questions to Michael Straus:

Patient Contact Information:

MSU Sports Medicine
4660 South Hagadorn Road
Suite 420
East Lansing, MI 48823

Phone: 517.884.6100
Fax: 517.884.6233

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