About our program

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.

One athletic training resident will be accepted for the 2019 – 2020 program year which begins Monday, August 5, 2019 and concludes July 31, 2020.

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 resume/curriculum vitae and 3 letters of recommendation as specified in the job description.

Apply online

(button link activates March 22, 2019)

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


We plan to began interviews the week of April 8, 2019.

  • 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.