Educational Programs

Through education and internships, the Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Teaching and Research Foundation helps prepare individuals for their careers and future.

A teacher affects eternity because you never know where or when the influence will end. When Dr. Steven Chudik, board certified orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine physician founded the Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Teaching and Research Foundation (OTRF) in 2007, the driving force behind his undertaking was the need for reliable and up-to-date medical information—especially for young athletes—and unbiased research on the treatment and prevention of injuries to the musculoskeletal system; particularly joints, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. It did not take long for OTRF to impact the lives of thousands of individuals locally, across the United States and globally. Countless more will benefit in the future from those who were trained and educated through the various OTRF research and educational programs.

Orthopaedic Surgeon Fellowship

Please contact us to discuss this educational opportunity.

Orthopaedic Physician Assistant Residency

OTRF offers an educational curriculum that prepares physician assistants for careers in clinical orthopaedic surgery. This 13-month program allows physician assistants to expand their education, improve their clinical evaluation skills, increase their knowledge as an orthopaedic healthcare provider and participate in orthopaedic surgery. This is the ideal experience for the candidate seeking to obtain a competitive and desirable position in the field of orthopaedic surgery.

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Please contact us to discuss this educational opportunity.

Athletic Trainer Educational Programs

OTRF offers three unique continuing education opportunities for athletic trainers. Each program is a progressive curriculum that prepares athletic trainers for careers in clinical settings. Dr. Chudik, in conjunction with OTRF, is one of only a few orthopaedic surgeons in the United States providing this type of educational opportunity for athletic trainers.

Each program has specific requirements and a separate application process.

Athletic Training Residency Program
Athletic Trainer (CDE) Program
Undergraduate Athletic Trainer Internship

SOAR Program

Dr. Steven Chudik is a Top Doctor in orthopaedics and a pioneer in orthopaedic shoulder and knee arthroscopic surgery, and sports medicine, and a noted researcher and clinical assistant professor at Loyola University of Chicago. Building on his expertise and background, Dr. Chudik created the SOAR Program, (Students interested in Orthopaedics And Research) that is hosted by his foundation, OTRF. Designed to expose interested and motivated undergraduate, pre-med and medical students to orthopaedic surgery and research, the program allows participants to explore the fields of clinical practice and medical research through educational curriculum and hands-on experience. SOAR participants gain valuable experience working on research projects from the beginning brainstorming phase through the submission and publication of manuscripts by professional orthopaedic journals and associations. The knowledge and understanding students gain through either a ten-week summer program or one-year rotation helps students make career decisions and support their application to medical school and residency programs. To apply, download and complete the application.

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Medical Marketing Internship

Internships, either for a semester or the summer, provide marketing/communications collegians with an opportunity to write and produce e-newsletters, videos, social media campaigns, blogs, feature articles, testimonials, presentations, etc. For consideration to become part of this hands-on, educational opportunity, please e-mail us your resume, as well as writing samples or marketing projects that best illustrate your skills and creativity and a copy of your transcript.

Perspectives from Our Athletic Training Alumni

How many times have you wanted to try or buy something but first sought recommendations from friends or family? It could be as simple as a review online for a new restaurant or a business publication’s ranking on new cars. But what about a future job? It is rare anyone gets to talk with the person whose position they are filling. That’s why Dr. Steven Chudik, orthopaedic surgeon, sports medicine physician and founder of the Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Teaching and Research Foundation (OTRF), asked the OTRF athletic training internship alumni to share their experiences with those who might consider applying for an internship program. Here’s what they had to say:

Lynette Carlson, MS, ATC
Anna DiDonna, ATC
Ted Hirschfeld, MS, ATC, OTC
Matt Holt, ATC, MATC
Katy Martin, LAT, ATC
Michael Osterman, MS, ATC, OTC, NREMT
Allan Prasil, ATC
Kelley Riegner, ATC
Larana Stropus, MS, ATC
Mike “Sully” Sullivan, MS, ATC
Sami Ung, ATC
Danielle Parretti, ATC, OTC, OT-SC
Brecken Sigg, ATC
Sarah Swientek, ATC