Athletic Trainer Certified Fellow

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Wake Forest Baptist Health
February 10, 2021
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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Athletic Trainer Certified Fellow
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Athletic Trainer Certified Fellow


The Athletic Training Fellowship prepares postgraduate athletic trainers in advanced placement through rigorous leadership, clinical, outreach, and research opportunities with a focus on patient centered care. Fellows work closely in a comprehensive multidisciplinary model with sports medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons, and certified athletic trainers to further develop clinical skills and a knowledge base beyond that of current undergraduate and graduate level practices. The twelve-month Fellowship includes patient care in orthopeadic and primary care clinics specializing in Sports Medicine, observation and surgical assisting in the operating room, sports concussion training and management, semiprofessional sports, Division I athletics, high school outreach opportunities covering a wide variety of sporting events, and research opportunities. All duties and responsibilities are performed under the supervision of a directing physician. This position offers a highly competitive annual stipend and includes full benefits.


Master's degree in athletic training or related field. Experience as a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer varies with each level (preferred).


Current BOC certification in good standing.  Licensed as a Certified Athletic Trainer in the State of North Carolina (or eligible). Completion of American Heart Association Healthcare Provider, which includes CPR and AED training. Current National Provider Identifier (NPI) number.  Maintains necessary training on concussion education, management, and care.


Generic Job Description

1. Direct patient contact for the evaluation and treatment of medical and musculoskeletal pathology consistent within the scope and practice of athletic training clinical competencies as defined by the NATA BOC and State of North Carolina Athletic Training Licensure.
2. Performs appropriate medical history on each patient seen, including thorough history of injury or condition, primary or chief complaint, pain level assessment, past medical history, quality of life and how it is affected, and appropriate medications being taken.
3. Performs appropriate physical exam on each patient seen, including range of motion testing, strength and/or manual muscle testing, sensation/dermatome testing, palpation, functional testing, ligamentous testing, diagnostic ultrasound, and special tests as needed.
4. Orders diagnostic studies or other referrals under the direction of the supervising physician, including Radiographs, MRIs, EMG studies, CT scans, Ultrasounds, rehabilitation referrals, physician referrals, and appropriate medication prescriptions.
5. Provides and determines appropriate rehabilitation/therapy exercises based on patient injury, including instruction, demonstration, and feedback on patient performance of exercises.
6. Performs therapeutic procedures such as would care, dressing changes, suture removal, and cast application and removal.
7. Determines best use/application of Durable Medical Equipment (DME) including fitting patients with DME, splints, wraps, and other various equipment, educates patients on appropriate application, use, and care of equipment.
8. Removes sutures and provides dressing changes to post-surgical patients as directed by the attending physician, when necessary.
9. Aids the physician in preparing and administering injections required for patient care. Preparations include cleaning and disinfecting the area to be injected and preparing materials to be utilized throughout the injection process, and performing duties under the direction of the supervising physician.
10. Aids the physician and support staff in preparation of the patient and surgical suite for surgeries performed by the attending physician. Preparations include room sterilization, patient positioning and sterilization, surgical draping, and other surgical needs required by the directing physician, when necessary.
11. Communicates and educates patient's possible or current plan of care such as inquiries about treatments, therapies, pre and post op care, and expected outcomes.
12. Administers concussion testing and education to patients suffering from concussions or head injuries.
13. Performs other related clinical duties and administrative duties required by physician.

Surgical Responsibilities:
1. The athletic training fellow is expected to complete surgical scrub training during fellowship.
2. Expected to demonstrate operating room skills such as prepping and draping, sterilization techniques and knowledge of surgical instruments.

Outreach Responsibilities:
1. Provides athletic training services to high school, college, and/or community sporting events as determined necessary in order to attain departmental goals of fellowship.
2. Understands and uses preventative measures to ensure the highest quality of care for every patient.
3. Provides on-site recognition, evaluation, and immediate care procedures of illness and injury including emergencies, independent of setting.
4. Performs clinical injury evaluation and assessment of patient's level of function and follows standardized clinical practice in the area of diagnostic reasoning and medical decision-making.
5. Determines appropriate therapeutic treatment and provides rehabilitation, and/or reconditioning strategies, and taping / wrapping and bracing for preventative and protective treatment.
6. Implements treatment program objectives including long and short-term goals and an appraisal of those, which the patient can realistically be expected to achieve from the program. Assessment measures to determine the effectiveness of the program are incorporated into the program.
7. Collaborates with their directing physician, recommends discontinuation of the athletic training service when patient has received optimal benefit of the rehabilitation and treatment program, and notes final assessment of patient status. 8. Determines return to play standards of injuries for athletes and the active population.
8. Performs baseline concussion testing and additional testing if a concussion is sustained or suspected. Confirms appropriate follow-up of return to play guidelines.
9. Maintains daily records of treatment logs, injury reports, doctor's referrals, DCR, and medical inventory management used for the care of athletes according to clinic standards.
10. Skilled in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with students, parents, coaches, athletic trainers, medical personnel, and the public.
11. Performs other related clinical duties as required incumbent to State Board of Medicine/ Board of Athletic Training Statue and Rules.
12. Coordinates and instructs strength, conditioning, fitness, and sports performance enhancement programs.


  • Ability to work well with all ages, races, class and gender of people
  • Excellent leadership qualities and decision making skills, as well problem solving abilities
  • Strong computer skills
  • Ability to work and communicate with coaches, parents, teachers, physicians and other health care professionals
  • Ability and willingness to demonstrate and maintain competency as required for job title and the unit/area(s) of assignment
  • Excellent communication skills to include oral and written comprehension and expression
  • Ability and willingness to exhibit behaviors consistent with standards for performance improvement and organizational values
  • Ability and willingness to exhibit behaviors consistent with principles for service excellence
  • Ability to manage a stressful work environment that includes frequent interruptions
How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page.  You must complete the application process and then submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button located at the bottom of the page titled "Submit Online Application". You will receive the following message once you hit the submit button: "You have successfully submitted your job application".

Computers are available for applying within the lobby of the Human Resources Department located at 1920 West First Street, (on the corner of Miller and First Street) Winston-Salem, North Carolina  27104. You may also call our office for assistance at (336) 716-6464.  Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process, please contact our Supervisor of Office Services by phone (336) 716-3367 or email at

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of  Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to administer all educational and employment activities without discrimination because of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification or a statutory requirement) in accordance with all local, state, national laws, executive orders, regulations, and guidelines.

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