R.T. Floyd ASMI Athletic Training Residency Program
About the Residency Program
The R.T. Floyd ASMI Athletic Training Residency Program was founded in 2021 as a pathway for certified athletic trainers to advance their skills, knowledge and experience within the physician practice setting of sports medicine and orthopaedics during a paid 12-month educational opportunity.
The residency program incorporates clinical, surgical and didactic experiences as well as a scholarly curriculum. Residents will rotate with surgical and non-surgical sports medicine physicians at the world-renowned Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Residents will also work alongside countless allied health professionals including advanced practice providers (PAs/NPs), fellow athletic trainers, certified medical assistants, registered nurses, certified orthopaedic technologists, radiology technologists, physical therapists, licensed orthosis providers, and social workers to deliver world class patient care to all populations.
The residency program will nurture personal and professional development through opportunities involving direct patient care, personalized mentoring, skills lab training, professional conferences and research endeavors. At the completion of the residency program, the athletic trainer will be prepared to comfortably transition to a focused position in the hospital/orthopaedic practice setting or to continue their professional development with advanced certification programs.
To foster comprehensive, effective and optimal patient care through a deeper understanding of orthopaedic sports medicine supported by evidence-based clinical practices.
To provide a renowned residency program for post-graduate certified athletic trainers focused on producing proficient and competent clinicians with excellent fundamental experience and knowledge that is applicable to both the clinical and surgical setting in sports medicine and orthopaedics.
-Expand and enhance the athletic trainer’s aptitude in the clinical and surgical subspecialties of sports medicine and orthopaedics.
-Expose the athletic trainer to the surgical setting to develop an advanced understanding of pre-operative and post-operative patient management.
-Grow the athletic trainer’s administrative knowledge and leadership skills through collaboration with an interdisciplinary team.
-Provide organized didactic learning in conjunction with clinical and surgical experiences focused on sports medicine and orthopaedics.
-Improve communication skills to overcome psychological and socioeconomical barriers between provider and patient.
-Expose the athletic trainer to surgical procedures and aseptic technique.
-Achieve focused, advanced learning in the surgical setting if desired by the athletic trainer and after necessary facility requirements are fulfilled.
-Obtain experience, mentorship, and professional development through interdisciplinary collaboration.
-Participate in case studies, literature reviews and evidence-based research projects.
Resident’s Roles and Responsibilities
-Obtain clinical history and perform orthopaedic patient evaluations.
-Review and interpret pertinent imaging and medical records.
-Participate in clinical case discussions and formulate treatment plans in collaboration with supervising physician or advanced practice provider.
-Assist with clinical procedures, including diagnostic ultrasound, injections, suture/staple removal, wound care, and uncomplicated fracture and dislocation stabilization.
-Cast, splint, and brace application.
-Complete administrative duties including clinical documentation, pre-certifications & patient phone calls.
-Deliver effective patient education.
-Maintain a clean and safe work environment by adhering to all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
-Protect patient privacy by adhering to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
-Assist the surgeon and advanced practice provider in the operating room with basic retraction, limb positioning and bandage application.
-Perform athletic training outreach and event coverage.
-Complete regular self-evaluations as well as director led evaluations and utilize the feedback to grow development.
-Weekly sports medicine conferences lead by Andrews Sports Medicine physicians and other allied healthcare professionals.
-Cadaver dissection presentations.
-Interactive diagnostic ultrasound course.
-Monthly journal club.
-Musculoskeletal radiology experience.
-Athletic training continuing education opportunities.
-Research project participation.
-Routine skill and competency evaluations.
-Orthopedic Technologists Certification (OTC) examination based upon resident’s current and future professional goals for surgical experience.
-Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
-Primary Care and Sports Medicine
-Hip and Knee Joint Arthroplasty
-Wrist/Hand and Upper Extremity
-Medical Billing and Coding
Meet our Team
Chris King, LAT, ATC – Licensed/Certified Athletic Trainer for 30 years, Chris is a retired educator and presently is a Sports Medicine Manager for ATI Physical Therapy. He also serves as the Chairman of the Alabama Board of Athletic Training.
Jenny Degnan, MPAS, PA-C, LAT, ATC — Physician Assistant for Clinical & Surgical Services at Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopeadic Center. Jenny works alongside Drs. Emily Casey, Jeffrey Dugas, and Benton Emblom while also assisting with administrative projects. Prior to PA school, Jenny earned her certification as an athletic trainer in 2005, an accomplishment she has proudly maintained.
R.T. Floyd, EdD, ATC, CSCS – Director of Athletic Training & Sports Medicine, Distinguished Professor of Physical Education & Athletic Training, Chair, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance at the University of West Alabama. He has been an athletic training educator for almost 50 years and a valued member of the NATA Hall of Fame.
Michael Ryan, M.D. – Orthopedic surgeon at Andrews Sports Medicine that specializes in orthopaedics and sports medicine for the hip, knee and shoulder. Dr. Ryan also holds additional training in hip preservation and anterior hip joint replacement.
We invite you to follow this link to meet the elite group of physicians at Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center to learn about their background and specialties:
Physicians | Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center
Allied Healthcare Preceptors
Sarah Schmidt, PT, DPT, SCS, CMTPT – Clinical director and skilled physical therapist at ATI Physical Therapy, St. Vincent’s location. Certified and licensed to treat the general orthopedic and sports medicine population.
American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI)
ASMI is the Sponsoring Institution for the Residency Program, oversees it’s operation, and provides the personnel and resources necessary to advance the resident’s education through supplemental skill labs and research opportunities. To meet our complete staff at ASMI, please visit:
American Sports Medicine Institute | About Us (asmi.org)
Jay Vines – Executive Director
Glenn Dortch – Education Director
Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. — Director of Biomechanics Research
Matt Ithurburn, Ph.D. — Director of Clinical Research
-Eligible for Athletic Training Licensure in the State of Alabama.
-Bachelor’s degree required.
-Master’s degree preferred or 5 years of post-certification athletic training experience in lieu of master’s degree.
-Two years’ experience as a Certified Athletic Trainer (preferred).
-Current CPR/AED training from a BOC approved Emergency Cardiac Care Program.
-Background check and drug screening will be completed by Ascension St. Vincent’s.
Application (available online only)
-Proof of CPR/AED Certification completed through the American Heart Association.
-Three current letters of recommendation, including one letter from previous Athletic Training Education Program Director.
-Proof of COVID-19 and Influenza vaccination (required by Ascension St. Vincent’s). Medical or religious exemption for either or both vaccines may be submitted for review.
-$25 non-refundable application fee made payable to ASMI.
Applications will be accepted from December 20, 2021 through February 14, 2022.
Interviews for the applicants will begin March 1, 2022 with an initial phone interview followed by a more in-depth virtual interview.
The applicant selected for the residency will be notified early April 2022 and will be given 7 days to reply to the offer. The residency training will begin in late July or early August 2022.
If you have any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASMI and the R.T. Floyd Athletic Training Residency would like to offer a special thank you to Dr. James Andrews for his guidance and support in bringing this AT Residency to fruition. His undeniable support for the profession of Athletic Training is evident here in this program.View Application