OTRF Athletic Training Residency Program

Description and Curriculum


The mission of the OTRF Athletic Training Residency Program is to provide specialized post-professional training to certified athletic trainers in clinical and surgical orthopaedics, develop the ability to evaluate and apply evidence-based practice techniques, and to promote efficiency and value in the orthopaedic health care setting. 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 is 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.

Weekly In-service Training – Westmont office
Weekly in-service training exclusively for the athletic training residents are led by the athletic training residency program director and occur Friday afternoons. Topics and skills related to orthopaedic and sports medicine conditions are taught in a private setting with an opportunity for skills practice and questions.

Weekly Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Education Lectures – Webinar
Webinars are held for medical residents and fellows and free of charge for the OTRF athletic training residents. They are viewed weekly during lunch and cover educational topics required within the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) curriculum.

Weekly Loyola 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 is based upon the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Orthopaedic Basic Science text.

Orthopaedic Journal Club – Loyola University Medical Center, Maguire 1768
This one-hour monthly conference, held on Thursday mornings focuses discussion on six or seven recent journal articles. The attending physician 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.

Annual OTRF Research/Education Project
Each OTRF 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 OTRF Athletic Training Residency Program application available at https://www.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 completion of the 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.