Athletic Training Residency Program

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Program Overview

The University of Iowa Athletic Training Residency Program is a 12 month formal educational program that offers structured curricula, including didactic and clinical components to educate post-professional athletic trainers in the domain of orthopedics. The program builds upon the knowledge and experiences gained from ​professional entry level education and provides specialty training to advance the competency of athletic trainers and provide contemporary expertise for professional employment in the modern health care environment.

​Under direct supervision of the Residency Program Director, supervising physicians, and preceptors, the resident will participate in direct health care of patients with musculoskeletal injuries and medical conditions common to sports medicine and orthopedic patients. The resident will be expected to expand their base knowledge of anatomy, pathophysiology, pathomechanics, and radiology interpretation of the musculoskeletal system and develop advanced examination, assessment and diagnostic skills. They will advance their skills utilizing data and the best available evidence to improve clinical decisions. Training activities in post-operative rehabilitation, DME/brace fitting, cast placement/removal, minor clinical procedures and basic assist function in the operating room will facilitate achievement of interprofessional collaboration and patient centered care competency. Residents will attain specific program outcomes and core competencies that will allow them to enhance the quality of their patient care, optimize patient outcomes, and improve patients’ health-related quality of life.


University of Iowa Athletic Training Residency Vision

Creating a new standard of excellence in post-professional athletic training residency programs, providing innovative interprofessional education and advanced clinical specialty training in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative, team-based health care environment.

University of Iowa Athletic Training Residency Mission

The mission of the University of Iowa Athletic Training Residency Program is to produce athletic training clinicians with advanced orthopedic knowledge and skills in a manner that emphasizes professionalism, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and healthcare informatics, thus enabling them to provide patient-centered health care.

Learning Outcomes

Develop athletic trainers with advanced clinical skills in the specialty area of orthopedics which optimizes patient outcomes.

  • Demonstrate the ability to implement systematic examinations and assessments to formulate valid clinical diagnoses and determine patients’ plan of care.
  • Demonstrate improved diagnostic accuracy on imaging evaluations.

Produce athletic trainers who deliver patient centered care as members of an interdisciplinary care team.

  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine primary care physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, orthopedic and primary care residents, and nursing staff to improve care of patients.

Develop athletic trainers to be lifelong learners, committed to self-reflection, self-assessment, professionalism, and quality improvement allowing them to grow into healthcare leaders.

  • Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism as a healthcare provider.
  • Determine areas of improvement through self-reflection and self-assessment.

For more information about our program, please read the Policies and Procedures or contact the program director, Tony Pennuto at