ATC residency

A state-of-the-art residency program

Michigan Medicine, MedSport in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is offering a CAATE Accredited post-graduate Athletic Training Clinical Residency position designed to prepare the athletic trainer to function in the orthopaedic clinic setting.

The residency is a 1-year, term-limited position with a start date between mid-June and mid-July. During this 12-month residency, the athletic trainer will have the opportunity to work with MedSport’s world-class orthopaedic surgeons in both the operating room and the clinical setting. The resident will spend two to three days per week in the operating room functioning as a Certified Orthopaedic Technician under direct supervision of the orthopaedic surgeon.

A wide variety of internal and external contact relationships are essential in appropriately performing the duties of this position. Internal contacts include, but are not limited to: staff members of the department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, physicians, nursing personnel, medical assistants, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, physician assistants, athletic trainers, musculoskeletal radiologists, radiology technicians, cast technicians, orthotic technicians, scrub technicians, clerical staff and patient escort staff. External contacts include, but are not limited to: physicians and providers from other institutions, equipment vendors, insurance representatives and case workers, interpreters, medical sales representatives, patients and patients’ family members.

Patients include pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations referred from both within the hospital as well as from external sources.

Please read our Program Outline for more information.


  • Advance the athletic trainer’s knowledge in clinical musculoskeletal evaluation and diagnosis
  • Practice advanced clinical decision-making skills – with emphasis on managing physically active individuals with an orthopedic diagnosis.
  • Participate in a multi-disciplinary team to optimize the management of orthopedic and sport related injuries
  • Advance the athletic trainer’s knowledge of operating room procedure and technique
  • Advance the athletic training profession and orthopedic/sports medicine team through research, teaching and leadership


  • 1. Provide an advanced plan of study in orthopedic evaluation, diagnosis and management of orthopedic pathologies through a detailed and structured curriculum that is consistent with the Post-Professional Athletic Training Residency Standards and Guidelines which will include didactic coursework, clinical practice, physician observation, sports clinical training and clinical research.
    • a. Residents will show a commitment to the advanced plan of study through the following:
      1. i. Participation in intra-departmental educational programs: journal clubs, clinical rotations, case study presentations, clinical research, case study presentations, and DME didactics
      2. ii. Progress will be documented with clinical evaluations/assessments, re-evaluations, diagnosis, management of orthopedic patients and mentor forms
      3. iii. Demonstration of proper scrub technique; proper positioning, prepping and draping of patients; applying and managing post-operative dressings following aseptic techniques; applications of casts, splints, immobilization devices and traction; and assisting with and performing the removal of orthopaedic hardware.
      4. iv. Effective communication of providers’ recommendations, procedures and findings through explanation to the patient, family and other healthcare providers.
  • 2. Provide a mentored clinical experience, with emphasis on the physically active population with an orthopedic diagnosis, under the supervision of recognized experts to include: athletic trainers, orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine primary care physicians, primary care family practice physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists and medical assistants.
    • a. Commitment to the mentored clinical experience will be demonstrated by:
      1. i. Attendance to weekly mentoring sessions – clinical and didactic
      2. ii. Discussion of clinical and scientific concepts through documentation on mentor forms.
      3. iii. Incorporation of clinical and scientific concepts into clinical assessment and treatment of patients through manual skills, differential diagnosis and patient management.

CAATE Program Information and Outcomes Page

URL of page listing Resident Outcomes:

Athletic Training Residency Program Outcomes
Mission: The University of Michigan, MedSport’s Athletic Training Residency Program strives to provide an advanced educational opportunity for athletic trainers in the area of orthopaedics, and advanced clinical care of musculoskeletal evaluation and diagnosis. The goal of this residency program is to maximize the potential for athletic trainers in health care and to assist in the optimization of efficiency in the sports medicine and orthopaedic setting.

Program success rates are determined by OTC exam pass rate on the first attempt and employment placement within a clinic setting (greater than 50% clinical assignment) one year following completion of the Athletic Training Residency Program. Employment placement is tracked additionally at 2 and 5 years post residency.


Program Completion Rate 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 TOTAL
1/1 (100%) 1/1 (100%) 1/1 (100%) 1/1 (100%) 0/1 (0%) 1/1 (100%) 1/1 (100%) 1/1 (100%) 0/1 (0%) 77%
OTC Exam Pass Rate 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 TOTAL
1/1 (100%) 1/1 (100%) 1/1 (100%) 1/1 (100%) 1/1 (100%) 0/1 (0%)* 1/1 (100%) 1/1 (100%) 0/1 (0%)* 77%
Success rate is measured by the resident taking and passing the OTC exam on the first attempt.
*Resident did pass exam on second attempt
2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 Total
# of Residents Completing Program 1 1 1 1 0** 1 1 1 0*** 7
Clinic Setting 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 7
High School / Outreach 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Research 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
% of Residents Employed in Clinic Setting 100% 100% 100% 100% n/a 0% 100% 100% 100% 77%
Success rate is measured by the employment placement (greater than 50% employed in clinical setting) of residents one year following the completion of the Michigan Medicine Athletic Training Residency Program.
**Resident withdraw prior to completion of the program
***Resident unable to complete the year due to institutional closure during COVID-19

Athletic Training Residency Retention Policy

Residents will be evaluated after each rotation based on progression of clinical skills and decision making, communication, reliability, professionalism, and productivity. The resident and program director will meet weekly to review the education schedule which consists of clinical and surgical responsibilities as well as didactic sessions. Failure to obtain the weekly expectations in these areas, or lack of progression in evaluations may result in probation, suspension, or dismissal from the program. Residents will be expected to complete all practical competencies as well as show progress toward independence and mastery (score of 4 or higher) in assessments for completion of the program.

In addition, the resident will be expected to maintain the following standards for the duration of the residency:

  • CPR/BLS certification
  • BOC certification
  • State of Michigan licensure in athletic training

Requirement for Residency Completion

To successfully complete the University of Michigan, MedSport Athletic Training Residency Program the incumbent must become proficient in, properly utilize, and demonstrate the skills and duties needed to efficiently manage a surgeon’s clinic. The goals and objectives of the program are structured with this outcome in mind. These skills will include management of clinic and operating room environments. Throughout the course of the twelve-month residency the Athletic Trainer will meet periodically with the Program Director to identify gaps and growth opportunity to ensure proper education. During this time the resident will be evaluated objectively by the preceptors and faculty that are involved in the program. It is expected that the resident will show growth and move toward mastery of the skills and competencies being measured. To complete the residency successfully the resident will establish scores of 3 and higher on all associated assessments. The expectation upon completion will be that the Athletic Training Resident has the ability to establish a relationship with an Orthopaedic Surgeon and successfully manage all facets of the practice.

Why Choose MedSport

MedSport is part of the Michigan Medicine named by US News and World Report #1 in Michigan and among the best in the nation. Workplace Dynamics also recognizes Michigan Medicine as a national top workplace.

Our 45,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility integrates orthopaedic surgery, family medicine, physical therapy, athletic training services and onsite diagnostic imaging within the same physical space to provide patients with optimum care.

We provide services to athletes at the professional, Olympic, collegiate, high school, and recreational levels as well as physically active individuals. Our certified athletic trainers are contracted to 15 area colleges, universities, and high schools, as well as provide medical coverage for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program and the Michigan Wolves-Hawks, U-18 premier level soccer club. Our physicians serve as team physicians for the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, USA Hockey, US Ski Team, USA All American Rugby Team and USA Rugby Team. They are also consultant to MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and US Figure Skating Council.

We dedicate ourselves to providing the best orthopaedic sports medicine care by being involved in cutting-edge research and technology in the practice of sports medicine. The NIH and the NFL, in addition to other organizations, fund current research, including human subject registries.

About Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan, has a rich history, a diverse character and a kinetic energy. It is conveniently located 45 minutes from Detroit and less than an hour from Lansing, Michigan. Forbes Magazine named Ann Arbor “The Best College Sports Town” in 2009 and 2010 and ranked it 4th on the “Smartest City in the US” in 2008.

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Request information and send application materials to:

Jeremiah Freeman, ATC
PO Box 391
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-0391

Residency Application Qualifications


  • Minimum: An undergraduate or graduate degree is required from an accredited Athletic Training Education Program
  • Preferred: Master’s Degree in a healthcare related field

Required Licenses/Certifications

  • Minimum: Athletic Training Licensure or eligibility for Athletic Training Licensure in the State of Michigan

Residency Application Materials

Application Includes:

  • Cover Letter – This should specify why you are interested in this educational opportunity, what makes you a good candidate as an athletic trainer in the physician setting, how you plan to use the successful completion of this residency in your career.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Reference List
  • Three Letters of Recommendation – It is preferred that letters are included with application materials in sealed envelopes, however, they will be accepted separately if applicants name is clearly identified and received by the deadline.

Applications will be accepted January 1 until March 1 followed by interviews for the top candidates. Candidates will be notified of acceptance as soon as possible once the interviews are concluded.

MedSport Locations

Ann Arbor Domino's Farms
4008 Ave Maria Dr
Lobby A, Suite 1000
Ann Arbor, MI 48106.

Ann Arbor Ice Cube
2121 Oak Valley Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Brighton Center for Specialty Care
7500 Challis Rd, Brighton MI 48116

Northville Health Center
39901 Traditions Drive
Suite 110
Northville, MI 48168