Program description

UCHealth in metro Denver offers a 12-month athletic training residency that provides didactic, clinical and scholarly experiences with a focus on musculoskeletal assessment and diagnosis within the orthopedic and sports medicine settings.

** Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, UCHealth has decided to postpone the athletic training residency program for 2020-2021. Applications for the 2021-2022 program’s two athletic training resident positions will be accepted starting February 2021.

Our mission

The mission of the UCHealth Metro Denver Athletic Training Residency program is to develop advanced-level musculoskeletal evaluation, treatment and diagnostic skills of the athletic training clinician within the orthopedic and sports medicine clinic setting.

Our vision

We aspire to create a nationally recognized innovative and evidence based residency program which fosters exceptional leadership, efficient patient centered care and interdisciplinary collaboration through learning and discovery.

Our goals

  • To advance the athletic training resident’s skill set in MSK clinical evaluation and diagnosis in general orthopedics, trauma and sports medicine.
  • To provide optimal patient centered care as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • To integrate evidence based research to increase clinical decision making skills when considering patient values, needs and circumstances.
  • To provide the foundation for critical thinking, research and leadership development in the clinical setting.
  • To develop professionals who apply their advanced knowledge and skills in settings consistent with their residency training.

Learning objectives

  • Expose the resident to advanced clinical evaluation and diagnosis in orthopedics through a comprehensive course of hands on clinical training, preceptor mentoring and physician feedback.
  • Provide opportunities for the athletic training resident to collaborate with other health care professionals within the management of patient care including referrals, care coordination and triage.
  • Ensure access to medical resources, databases and monthly orthopedic conferences to assist with the integration of knowledge during clinically relevant decision making.
  • Facilitate an environment which allows the resident to be independent in advanced decision making and critical thinking during clinical processes related to patient care.

Outcome measures

  • Pre- and post-residency knowledge assessment
  • Competency check list for each rotation
  • Assessment of case study presentation for each rotation
  • Six- and 12-week rotation evaluation
  • Assessment of service line conferences and grand rounds
  • Provider and mid-level Survey Monkey at the end of each rotation
  • Peer evaluation, program director feedback and exit interview

Program curriculum

Clinical education rotations include:

  • Orthopedic Foot and Ankle
  • Orthopedic Trauma/Limb Restoration
  • Primary Care and Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Adult Reconstruction/Hip Preservation/Complex Shoulder
  • Leadership Development: Aspiring Leaders
  • Elective rotation

Each rotation will include the following:

  • Weekly conferences and surgical indications
  • Summary of weekly conference
  • Monthly departmental Grand Rounds
  • Prepare and present a case study within each rotation
  • Present proper HPI, perform appropriate physical exam, order diagnostic studies and place referrals
  • Casting removal and application. Proper DME fitting
  • MSK radiology observation
  • Surgical observation
  • Set up and assistance with procedures including: PRP injection, Tenex, EPAT, US guided injection
  • Attend local, state and national meetings, conferences, conventions
  • Participate in mid and final rotation reviews with PC, preceptor and medical director
  • Perform a self-assessment
  • Offer feedback for ongoing development and improvement of the AT residency program

Qualifications, application, selection


  • State of Colorado DORA registration (or application in process)
  • NATA-BOC certification
  • NPI number
  • Minimum of two years’ experience as an athletic trainer preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Post-professional Master’s degree in Athletic Training preferred
  • CPR/AED certification


Qualified candidates must submit a résumé/curriculum vitae and 3 letters of recommendation as specified in the job description.

Apply online

** (this button link is inactive until February 2021)

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


  • Qualified candidates will be selected and contacted to set up a phone interview
  • Finalists will be chosen and required to participate in an on-site interview
  • Candidates are responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses
  • Final decisions will be made by the end of April and all finalists will be contacted.