OTRF Athletic Training Residency Program

Description and Curriculum


The Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Teaching and Research Foundation (OTRF) athletic training residency program is an educational curriculum that prepares athletic trainers for careers in clinical orthopaedic settings. This 13-month program allows certified athletic trainers to expand their education, improve their clinical evaluation skills, increase their knowledge as allied healthcare professionals and interact with orthopaedic surgeons. Other opportunities include assisting in surgery, conducting research, educating patients and leading educational conferences for medical professionals.

Program Goals

Learning Objectives

Athletic Trainer Requirements and Eligibility


Physician Responsibilities


Residency Program Features and Benefits


Residency Retention and Completion Policy


Athletic Trainer Responsibilities and Core Competencies

Under the direction of the supervising physician, the resident athletic trainer will be held accountable for:


Educational Programs

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Conference – Westmont office
A weekly Friday morning conference moderated by the program physician. Athletic Training Residents participate by preparing and presenting clinical practice cases, journal review articles and orthopaedic topics of interest. Athletic training residents also send weekly conference invitations, maintain attendance and award certificates for CEU/CME credits.

Orthopaedic Grand Round – Loyola University Medical Center, SSOM 460
Orthopaedic Grand Rounds are held each Thursday morning from 7:30-9 a.m.

Basic Science Conference – Loyola University Medical Center, Maguire 1768
Basic Science Conferences are held the second Thursday of the month from 10-11 a.m. The curriculum for these conferences is based upon the AAOS Orthopaedic Basic Science text.

Anatomy – Loyola University Medical Center, Medical Center Anatomy Laboratory
Eight anatomy sessions are held in July through October each year. These Thursday morning sessions from 9-11:30a.m. typically begin with a didactic faculty presentation followed by cadaver dissection in the medical school anatomy laboratories.

Orthopaedic Journal Club – Loyola University Medical Center, Maguire 1768
This one-hour monthly conference, held on Thursday morning, focuses discussion on six or seven recent journal articles. The attending responsible for the month’s Journal Club selects articles from a recent Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and from a recent specialty journal of their choice. Orthopaedic residents are assigned articles for discussion.

Core Knowledge – Loyola University Medical Center, Maguire 1768
This conference is a two-hour, sub-specialty group discussion led by the faculty. An interactive discussion takes place November—June, two or three times a month. Attendance includes all faculty on service, all residents, students on orthopaedic services and the department chairperson.

Visiting Professor Program – Location varies in SSOM based on availability
Four visiting professorships occur each year. The visiting professor provides didactic presentations and reviews case studies presented by residents. These sessions usually are held from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Residents, faculty, alumni and community physicians attend the sessions.

Annual Research/Education Project
Each Athletic Training Resident is assigned an annual project at the start of the residency year to deepen his/her focus and understanding of evidence-based orthopaedics. Examples of past projects include creating and maintaining a custom patient education database, and establishing and updating outcomes collection software for post-operative patients.


Application Process

  • Download, print and complete the Athletic Training Residency Program application available at otrfund.org/athletic-trainer-residency-program/. Send the completed application along with the following items:
      • Resume/curriculum vitae
      • Official undergraduate transcripts
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • Proof of certification, or BOC scheduling receipt documenting date of test prior to May of the application cycle
      • Proof of Illinois licensure, or copy of completed application forms
      • Proof of CPR certification (equivalent to BOC standard)
  • Obtain OTC certification upon acceptance to OTRF Athletic Training Residency Program
Send your completed application, required documents and materials to:
OTRF Athletic Training Residency Program
c/o Dr. Steven Chudik
1010 Executive Court, Suite 250
Westmont, IL 60559

Please direct all questions to our email, contactus@chudikmd.com

Applications are accepted for the OTRF Athletic Training Residency Program between December 1 and March 15, prior to the August 1 residency start date.

All materials must arrive by the due date. Incomplete submissions will be discarded.