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Athletic Training Residency Program

The 12-month Athletic Training Residency Program at St. Luke’s Sports Medicine was created to advance your knowledge of musculoskeletal clinical evaluation and diagnosis. St. Luke's Sports Medicine Post-Professional Athletic Training Residency is one of only three athletic training residencies in the country with an emphasis in evaluation and diagnosis, housed in the physician practice setting, and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

As part of this program, you’ll practice advanced clinical decision-making skills with emphasis on managing physically active patients with an orthopedic diagnosis. You’ll be part of a multidisciplinary team working to optimize the management of orthopedic and sport-related injuries. And, you’ll learn how to contribute to the athletic training profession and your orthopedic/sports medicine team through building research, teaching, and leadership skills.

Highlights & Resources

Our Mission

To advance the athletic trainer resident’s preparation as a provider of patient care in the area of musculoskeletal evaluation and diagnosis and create the groundwork for athletic trainers to become a multifaceted and intricate healthcare provider within the sports medicine and orthopedic setting.

Our Vision

We seek to establish a foundation of excellence for certified athletic trainers who seek to be employed within the orthopedic clinic setting. This program emphasizes a proactive approach to efficient and effective clinical management of injuries and medical conditions in a sports medicine and orthopedic clinic environment.

Residency Program Goals

  • Advance the athletic trainer's knowledge in musculoskeletal clinical evaluation and diagnosis, emphasizing orthopedics
  • Practice advanced clinical decision-making skills with emphasis on managing physically active individuals with an orthopedic diagnosis
  • Be able to participate as part of a multidisciplinary team to optimize the management of orthopedic and sport-related injuries.
  • Contribute to the athletic training profession and orthopedic/sports medicine team through research, teaching, and leadership skills

Learning Objectives

  • Provide an advanced plan of study in clinical evaluation and diagnosis, emphasizing orthopedics, through a detailed and structured curriculum, including course work, clinical practice, mentoring, physician observation, and clinical research
  • Provide education and specific clinical rotations to expose the athletic training resident to a variety of patients throughout the continuum of orthopedic care
  • Provide opportunities for the athletic training resident to collaborate with other health care professionals within the treatment and management of patient care
  • Provide opportunities for the athletic training resident to conduct and present research throughout the program

Outcome Measures

  • Athletic training residents will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge in the areas of clinical evaluation and diagnosis--emphasizing orthopedics--through:
    • diagnostic accuracy log
    • pre- and post-test accumulative scores
    • preceptor rotation evaluations
    • and residency milestones evaluation.
    • Pre-test identifies areas of deficiencies used for weekly questions on the week presentations. 
  • Athletic training residents will be able to demonstrate advanced clinical decision-making skills through: 
    • preceptor rotation evaluations, 
    • residency program director (RPD) clinical patient care evaluations, 
    • and trimester review with the residency medical director and the RPD. 
  • Athletic training residents will demonstrate interdisciplinary collaboration for the treatment and management of patients through: 
    • preceptor rotation evaluations, 
    • ATR rotation self-evaluations, 
    • case study feedback evaluations, 
    • and ATR evaluations of clinical rotations. 
  • Athletic training residents will contribute to the athletic training profession through: 
    • question-of-the-week presentations; 
    • case study presentations and evaluations;  
    • submission and acceptance for presentations at local, regional, and national conferences; 
    • and submission of manuscript of research project into an educational journal.

See the outcomes of our past residents.

Program Curriculum

As part of this comprehensive program, you will work with physicians and patients in the clinic, support athletes at professional and amateur sporting events, and participate in and present at professional conferences. You’ll also receive frequent feedback on your progress.

Learn more about our program curriculum

Retention Policy


The resident will receive a salary stipend, full benefits, and continuing education budget. Salary is based on years of experience practicing athletic training and determined by St. Luke’s Human Resources department. Minimum pay rate starts at $14.50/hour.


To ensure athletic training residents (ATR) have a sufficient understanding in the resident curriculum expectations and time commitment required to successfully complete the St Luke’s Athletic Training Residency (SLSMATR) Program. 


  • ATRs must fully participate in all required didactic and clinical experiences.
    • If an ATR is unable to attend any didactic or clinical experiences, due to illness, travel, etc., a written request must be submitted to the Residency Program Director (PRD) and Residency Medical Director (RMD) for approval.
  • ATRs must maintain minimum satisfactory scores on all clinical evaluations pertaining to each rotation within the SLSMATR.
    • If at any time an ATR is evaluated as “unsatisfactory” within any rotation, the ATR and RPD will meet weekly to determine and implement educational steps and actions required to obtain satisfactory scores. 
  • ATRs must adhere to St. Luke’s Health System mission and I CARE values.
    • ATRs are introduced to St. Luke’s mission and values through new employee orientation and evaluated by the RPD after 90 days of employment. 
  • ATRs must adhere to policy and procedures set forth in St. Luke’s employee handbook. 
    • Employment disciplinary actions are consistent with St. Luke’s HR policies.

How to Apply

Applications accepted between January 1 and March 8, 2019.

To apply, you'll need:

  • NPI Number
  • Athletic Training Licensure (or eligibility) in the State of Idaho
  • BOC Certification
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master’s degree required
  • 2 years experience as a Certified Athletic Trainer (preferred)
  • CPR/AED Certification (must be completed through the American Heart Association)
  • Cover letter
  • Resume/VITA
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • $25 application fee, made out to St. Luke's Sports Medicine - AT Residency, to be included with application materials. 

Please submit all application materials by March 8, 2019 to:

St. Luke's Sports Medicine
Attn: Forrest Pecha
1109 W. Myrtle Street, Suite 200
Boise, ID 83702

Forrest Pecha, MS, ATC, LAT, OTC, CSCS
Manager of Athletic Training Residency
(208) 706-9363