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Athletic Training Residency Program

The MSU 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. As leaders in the field of athletic training, our program gives the athletic trainer new tools to bring to the orthopedic job market.

Core Competencies

Upon completion of the 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

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

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

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

  • Show basic understanding of radiologic imaging techniques and diagnostic results

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

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

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

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

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

Removal of sutures and dressing changes to post-surgical patients

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

Preparation of patients for injection

Casting and Splinting

Participate in the fabrication of immobilization options as needed

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

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


  • Douglas Dietzel, DO, Clinical Director MSU Sports Medicine, Orthopedics
  • Michael Shingles, DO, Associate Professor, Orthopedics
  • Andrew Schorfhaar, DO, Assistant Professor, Orthopedics
  • Luke Wilcox, DO, Assistant Professor, Orthopedics
  • Sheeba Joseph, MD, Assistant Professor, Orthopedics
  • Jeff Kovan, DO, Associate Professor, Primary Care
  • Robert Norris, MD, Assistant Professor, Primary Care
  • Nathan Fitton, DO, Assistant Professor, Primary Care
  • Jill Moschelli, MD, Assistant Professor, Primary Care
  • Michael Straus, PA-C, ATC, Program Director
  • Kate Supianoski, PA-C, Preceptor
  • Jeff Knake, MD, Assistant Professor, Musculoskeletal Radiology
  • Ryan Fajardo, MD, Assistant Professor, Musculoskeletal Radiology


Click here for a list of residents.