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The Steadman Athletic Training Residency accepts 7 certified athletic trainers each year into the program. The mission of the athletic training residency is to provide Athletic Trainers an immersive educational experience focused in Orthopaedics, integrating exceptional patient care with leading evidence-based medical research and advanced treatment techniques . 

The program's curriculum emphasizes the following areas:

  • Advanced Post Professional Education
  • Clinical Orthopaedic Knowledge and Skills
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Outreach and Event Coverage

The athletic training residents rotate in 6-8 week blocks in different orthopaedic specialties with each one of our physicians. Each rotation has differing responsibilities and learning competencies that ensure the athletic trainer will gain experience and be educated on every aspect of a busy orthopaedic practice. Outreach and surgery is built into each rotation.

Click on each physician for more details on orthopaedic specialties that are included in the rotations year program.

Program Requirements

The program’s application and material submission are open from late November of the year prior to acceptance until January of the new year.  Applications are only accepted online; we no longer accept applications through the mail or email.  The application must be complete and be submitted online no later than the published application deadline.  The application requirements are:

  • Current BOC Certification
  • Master's degree with 1-2 years of certified experience
  • Eligible for Athletic Training Licensure in the state of Colorado
  • Pass a Background Check for working with a variety of organizations

The online application material includes:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Reference list
  • Three letters of recommendation 

Upon acceptance into the program, the Athletic Training Resident must meet the following requirements before beginning the program and be able to show proof of each.

  1.  Licensed in the state of Colorado as an athletic trainer under Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)
  2. In good standing and certified with Board of Certification (BOC) for athletic training
  3. Registered in the state of Colorado as a Surgical Assistant under Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)
  4. Completed the application for Vail Health Allied Healthcare Provider-Athletic Trainer and passed the background checks of all organizations.
  5. Pre-employment Screening and proof of immunizations provided though Occupational Health Department of Vail Health.
  6. Valid driver’s license, current auto insurance and reliable transportation

The Steadman Clinic is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to equal treatment of all employees without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, physical or mental disability or other basis protected by law.


The Steadman Clinic does not offer any scholarships for the residency program.

Retention Policy

All residents will comply with The Steadman Clinic’s Employee Handbook (provided during orientation) and the Athletic Training Residency Handbook.  Failure to comply with the company’s Handbook or the Resident Programs Agreement, including policies and procedures, may result in disciplinary actions within the discretion of the Medical Director and the Residency Program Director and may include termination from the Program. 


Graduation Requirements

Completion of the Program is determined by the following guidelines:

  1. Completion of all rotations as assigned
  2. Evaluation scores by preceptors, Medical Director and Residency Program Director that show improvement with use of constructive criticism through the entire year’s program
  3. Achievement of 80% of the assigned competencies
  4. No more than 3 unapproved late arrivals (15 min) or 3 approved or unapproved absences from scheduled Residency commitments (i.e. Monday academic sessions, Friday academic sessions, journal clubs, clinic, outreach events, and meetings)
  5. Post-Examination score of 80% at the year’s conclusion of the Residency Program
  6. At a minimum, one submitted case study to a journal or conference


  • $50,000 salary
  • Medical benefits including dental and vision
  • $1,000 CEU fund
  • Free CEU opportunities
  • Season Ski Pass
  • Season Golf Passes
  • Travel Reimbursement 
  • NATA/BOC annual fees
  • Licensing fees
  • Outreach apparel
Resident expenses may include living expenses; we do not provide housing for residents.
Living in the Vail Valley

The Steadman Clinic is located in the heart of Vail in Vail Health Hospital. Vail is approximately 1.5 hours outside of Denver, CO. Life in the Vail valley is full of outdoor activities in both the summer and the winter months. The clinic does not offer assistance for living arrangements; however the program director is a great source of information for potential living situations during Residency. Commonly the class of athletic trainers coordinates living with each other. Weather can be a challenge in the mountains, it is encouraged that reliable transportation for winter driving conditions be available. Many of the past residents have not had experience with winter sports and have come to love all the activities that are possible in the mountains. We work hard and play hard during the year of Residency!

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