Athletic trainers that work in an orthopaedic clinical setting with a physician are commonly referred to as "physician extenders". Physician extenders are trained healthcare professionals who provide semi-autonomous health care under a licensed physician. The National Athletic Trainers' Association has resources for athletic trainers interested in learning more about ATC's in the physician extender role.
The Steadman Clinic's ATC fellowship program provides athletic trainers working experience and training in the role of a physician extender. The majority of the fellowship is completed in the physician's office learning and performing the daily tasks and responsibilities of a physician extender. A rotation in physical therapy is also part of the curriculum.