Certified Athletic Trainer Residency

Emory Sports Medicine Center is one of only four athletic training residency programs in the country that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The Emory Athletic Training Residency is a one-year position starting the fourth week of June and concluding the first week of July the following year. There is a $30,311 per year stipend for the position, which also includes medical and dental benefits, retirement matching, and professional dues and fees. The athletic training residency consists of clinical, OR responsibilities, and possible outreach opportunities. The ATC resident will rotate between three surgeons and a group of non-operative physicians on a monthly basis. Once state licensed, and certified as an Orthopaedic Technologist, the residents will complete a course in aseptic technique, learning how to work in a sterile environment.  Through their experience working as a first assistant in the OR, they will learn operating room skills from sterile techniques to assisting the physician with patient positioning, positioning of the arthroscopic camera, tissue retraction, suturing, and sizing/preparation of previously harvested grafts. Other responsibilities will include conducting and presenting research, working closely with staff radiologists to understand and interpret imaging studies, and attendance at journal clubs and grand rounds. There are also opportunities to work with Emory Physical Therapy to understand step-by-step clinical rehabilitation, and a variety of PRN outreach opportunities working with local high school and collegiate athletics for additional compensation.

Current ATC Residents ( Meet our Athletic Training Residents )

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   Adriana Acuna       Riley Fontaine          Kelsey Fraser            Emily Sarros          Marley Simonis


To become the optimal educational program aimed at providing certified athletic trainers the opportunity to provide quality patient care within a sports medicine or orthopaedic setting within the orthopaedic clinic and operating rooms, enhancing their knowledge in musculoskeletal examination and diagnosis.


To establish a culture of learning through various structured didactic and clinical educational opportunities for the athletic training resident (ATR). The program emphasizes a professional and team oriented approach that allows for efficient clinical management and understanding of musculoskeletal injuries within the sports medicine and orthopaedic setting.

Residency Program Goals

  • To provide the AT resident the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in musculoskeletal examination and diagnosis within an orthopedic and sports medicine clinic setting
  • To expose the AT resident to the operating room environment and provide the opportunity to advance in the role of surgical first assist with orthopaedic and sports medicine surgeons
  • To educate the AT resident across the spectrum of musculoskeletal radiology and other diagnostic tests associated with the field of orthopaedics to aid the clinical exam and diagnosis process
  • To expose and allow the athletic trainer to assist in outcomes based research within an orthopaedic setting

Admission Requirements


To Qualify for Admission to the Emory Sports Medicine Certified Athletic Training Residency, applicants must have:

  • Certification from the NATABOC 
  • Certification from the NBCOT or are eligible to sit for the exam in June during the year of application
  • Athletic Training Licensure (or eligibility) in the State of Georgia
  • Completed a Master’s degree in a related field or intend to graduate from a Master’s program during the year of application
  • Current certification in CPR/AED
  • Two years experience as a Certified Athletic Trainer is preferred

Requirements for Emory Sports Medicine Resident Retention

The primary goal of the residency is to train the certified athletic trainer (ATC) to work as a physician extender.  As a physician extender, an ATC assists the physician in providing appropriate professional orthopedic care to patients.  The daily demands of the residency will vary according to specific schedule and the physician who is working in the Emory Sports Medicine Clinic on each day.  It is critical that the ATC resident is aware of the specific demands of each clinic in accordance with the specific requirements of each physician. The schedule of daily activities and expectations of the ATC resident will come directly from the physician supervisor or the residency program director.  Below is a partial list of the clinical and academic activities and expectations of the Emory ATC resident. 

  • Greet patients in waiting area in a kind, courteous, and professional manner. Escort them to the proper exam room, obtain patient history and physical exam, organize previous medical studies/reports, and present patient to the supervising physician.
  • If applicable, obtain diagnostic data for that patient i.e. follow-up X-ray prior to the supervising physician seeing patient. Consult with the clinical coordinator, resident or supervising physician if you are uncertain of specific timing or needs of tests.
  • Be present in room whenever possible while the supervising physician is interacting with the patient to further your education and understanding of orthopedics and sports medicine and to assist the supervising physician in expediting the necessary steps of continued care, for example; MRI, bracing, physical therapy, etc..
  • Be present in clinic for post-operative dressing changes and education of patients.
  • Assure that proper billing of the patient encounter is accomplished by directing the patient or escorting the patient to billing/check-out prior to the patient’s leaving clinic. Assure that patients are satisfied with their visit and have no further questions regarding care, future plans, follow-up appointments, or other matters prior to leaving clinic. Encourage patient to schedule follow-up appointment prior to leaving clinic.
  • Assure that the exam rooms are completely stocked with all supplies at the end of the day and throughout the day.
  • Answer and take care of necessary patient phone calls, follow up on requests for medication refills and medical leave forms. Assist ancillary clinic personnel with other errands and miscellaneous tasks when possible.
  • Give the optimal care and attention to detail while in the operating room. Greet patients in pre-op and make sure they leave with all appropriate information. Assist the surgeon and circulating nurses to optimize efficiency for each case.
  • Residents must attend all Emory Sports Medicine staff meetings/training.
  • Residents are expected to complete one full year of training on a full-time basis, with exceptions being time off for holidays, continuing education conferences, and sick time as designated in Emory Sports Medicine’s time off policy.
  • ATC Residents are to adhere to all clinic policies and procedures at all times. 
  • Residents must attend at least 90% of the educational programming, including Journal Club, Grand Rounds, Radiology Case Reviews and other lectures set up by Program Director. Must remain involved with the residency and make steady progress towards the program goals by completing all required assignments. 
  • Residents must complete 4 radiology quizzes, 3 case study presentations, surgical instrumentation quiz, and present one journal article review during the Emory Sports Medicine Journal Club Symposium. 

The Ideal Applicant Will Possess:

  • A commitment to provide first-class, orthopaedic care to patients as a physician extender in the clinical setting.
  • A strong desire to learn and grow within the field of Sports Medicine.
  • The fellow will uphold and abide by the highest standard of professionalism during the fellowship.
  • The ability to work efficiently on their own but also as a part of the bigger sports medicine team

Orthopaedic Tech Certification Requirement

You do not have to be a certified orthopaedic tech to be admitted to the Emory Sports Medicine Certified Athletic Training Residency, but it is preferred.  Our recommendation is to submit your application materials for this exam once you are accepted into the residency.  Residents are informed of their acceptance into the program by the end of April or beginning of May.  This allows for enough time to register for the June test date.  If you register for the August test date, your ability to start the OR section of the curriculum will be delayed.  A test date after August could compromise your position within the residency.

Certified Athletic Trainers who have been working in orthopaedics under the supervision of an orthopaedic physician are eligible to sit for the NBCOT exam with a physician's signature on the test application.  For more information on the NBCOT exam and/or applying to take the exam, please go to www.nbcot.net .

Residents must obtain certification from the NBCOT or are eligible to sit for the June exam during the year of application

  • If unable to successfully pass the June test, the ATC resident will begin with an administrative rotation
  • If ATC resident is unable to successfully pass the exam for the second time, the second rotation for the ATC resident will be the support rotation, which is a clinic only rotation
  • If  by the third attempt, the ATC resident does not successfully pass the NBCOT exam, they will be unable to complete ESMATR program, as they will be unable to meet all educational goals set for the program
  • If an ATC resident is unable to complete the program, human resources will be contacted to initiate and assist with termination of this position
  • Staff  athletic trainers will support in clinic and OR when needed to ensure that the remaining ATC residents may successfully complete each educational rotation

Educational Programming

  • Emory Sports Medicine Journal Club: Bi-weekly lecture or journal article review starting in September and running through the end of June.  This occurs every other Friday morning from 6:30-7:30am.  Participants include ATC residents, attending MDs, MD fellows, orthopaedic residents, physical therapists and ATCs from local colleges and high schools.
  • Residency Conference: ATC residents will attend Residency Conference along with the orthopaedic residents on Thursday evenings throughout the academic year.  Content includes cadaver dissection, case study presentations, and basic science lectures.
  • Grand Rounds: Weekly orthpaedic lecture by visiting physicians.  This occurs Tuesday mornings from 6:30-7:30am from September through June.
  • Case Study Presentations: ATC residents are required to present three case studies throughout their year of residency.  They will work closely with their physicians and present to attending MDs, orthopaedic residents, and MD fellows.
  • Radiology: After obtaining 40 hours of observation/study with the musculoskeletal radiologists, residents will complete a radiology quiz each trimester.
  • Professional Conferences:  ATC residents are invited to attend the Annual Emory/SEATA Sports Medicine Symposium.  They are also given the opportunity to attend either the AAOS annual conference or the NATA annual conference
  • Research:  ATC residents are required to select a research topic within their first month of the fellowship.  They will work closely with their attending surgeon to obtain IRB approval and present the work they have completed towards the project at the end of the residency year.

Residency Application Materials

  • Letter of application (cover letter)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Reference List
  • Three letters of Recommendation

Please submit application materials to:

Athletic Training Residency Director
Megan East MA, ATC, OTC
Emory Sports Medicine
59 Executive Park South, Suite #1000
Atlanta, GA 30329

Athletic Training Residency Coordinator
Becky Bedard M.Ed, ATC, OTC
59 Executive Park South, Suite # 1000
Atlanta, GA 30329
Office: 404-778-7176
Fax: 404-778-7170

Applications are accepted from January 1 through March 1st each year.
Once applications are received, applicants will be contacted for two phone interviews and references will be checked.  Approximately 12 candidates will be invited for a formal interview in mid to late April.  This is done in a group interview format and will last approximately 6-7 hours and will include dinner.  Final decisions are made by the end of April and applicants are contacted.
Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered.
If there are any questions regarding the program, feel free to contact Megan East at megan.east@emoryhealthcare.org

Meet the Team

Program Directors

Becky Bedard, M.Ed., OTC, ATC – Clinic Lead at Emory Sports Medicine, supporting 6 sports medicine physicians and 8 full time Athletic Trainers. Becky completed the Athletic Training Residency program in the class of 2013-14, after which time, she was hired by Emory Sports Medicine to support Dr. Lee Kneer, a primary care sports medicine physician. Becky has served as a preceptor to the residents over the past two years, as well as helping achieve CAATE accreditation

Megan East, MA, OTC, ATC – Athletic Trainer to Dr. Kyle Hammond, fellowship-trained Sports Medicine Orthopaedic surgeon. Megan completed the Athletic Training Residency program in the class of 2012-13, after which time she was hired by Emory Sports Medicine to support Dr. Hammond full time. She has remained a part of the residency program while working at Emory, further developing the didactic learning program, as well as working alongside former residency program directors to achieve accreditation by CAATE.

Athletic Trainer Preceptors

Brian Baer, MA, OTC, ATC – Athletic Trainer to Dr. Sam Labib, Sports Medicine and Foot & Ankle specializations in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Carmen Brigham, MA, OTC, ATC – Athletic Trainer to Dr. Spero Karas, fellowship-trained Sports Medicine Orthopaedic surgeon. Carmen completed the Emory Residency program in the class of 2015-16.

Regina Hash, MA, OTC, ATC – Athletic Trainer to Dr. John Xerogeanes, fellowship-trained Sports Medicine Orthopaedic surgeon. Regina completed the Emory Residency program in the class of 2014-15.

J’nai Pittman, MA, OTC, ATC – Athletic Trainer to Dr. Michael Gottschalk, fellowship-trained Hand and Upper Extremity Orthopaedic surgeon. J’nai completed the Emory Residency program in the class of 2014-15.

Physician Preceptors

Orthopaedic Surgeons

Michael Gottschalk, MD
Specialty: Hand and upper extremity surgery

Kyle Hammond, MD
Specialty: Sports Medicine, hip, knee and shoulder surgery

Sameh (Sam) A. Labib, MD
Specialty: Sports Medicine, knee, foot and ankle surgery

Spero G. Karas, MD
Director, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
Specialty: Sports Medicine, knee, shoulder and elbow reconstruction

John "X" Xerogeanes, MD
Chief, Sports Medicine Service
Specialty: Sports Medicine, shoulder and knee reconstruction

Non-Operative Sports Medicine Physicians

Lee Kneer, MD
Specialty: Sports Medicine (PM&R), MSK ultrasound, sports medicine injuries

Amadeus Mason, MD
Specialty: Sports Medicine (Family Practice) MSK Ultrasound, orthobiologics

Ken Mautner, MD -
Director, PM&R Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
Specialty: Sports Medicine (PM&R), hips, pelvis, low back, concussions, MSK Ultrasound, orthobiologics

Brandon Mines, MD
Specialty: Sports Medicine (Family Practice), sports medicine injuries

Jeff Webb, MD
Specialty: Sports Medicine (Pediatrics)