Athletic Training Residency Program

This program provides a unique opportunity for certified athletic trainers to learn about the clinical environment in both surgical and non-surgical settings.

ATC Residency

Program Directors: Christine Manrique, MAEd, LAT, ATC, CPT and Michael Polascik, ATC

Medical Directors: Adam Anz, MD and Brett Kindle, MD

The Andrews Research & Education Foundation (AREF) Athletic Training residency provides opportunities for high school and collegiate sidelines coverage, research, and preparation to sit for the orthopaedic specialty certification upon completion of the 12-month program. The resident will rotate amongst physicians and departments, providing exposure to different areas of orthopaedics. Educational opportunities include suturing and sterility training to prepare the resident for physician extension in the operating room setting.

Mission: To provide athletic training residents a comprehensive educational program through planned didactics and clinical education, specializing in the orthopaedic setting, using evidence-based approach to enhance the quality of patient care, optimize patient outcomes, and improve patients’ health-related quality of life. We aim to develop competent and adaptable healthcare leaders and providers that can meet the challenges of a modern healthcare delivery system.

Duration: 12 months

Positions: 1


Adam Anz, MD

Medical Director

Brett Kindle, MD

Medical Director

  • To train the resident to work within any orthopaedic clinic environment through their experience at one of the top comprehensive academic orthopaedic programs in the country.

  • To provide educational opportunities regarding leading orthopaedic surgical and rehabilitation techniques within general orthopaedics and sports medicine.

  • To educate the resident regarding the general medical implications that affect orthopaedic care.

  • To assist the resident to prepare and successfully complete the orthopedic specialty certification

  • To prepare the resident to apply and remove orthopaedic and casting materials as well as fit/modify appropriate durable medical equipment.

  • To expose the resident to the operating room environment functioning in the role of a surgical first assist.

  • To educate the resident across the spectrum of musculoskeletal radiology and other diagnostic tests associated with the field of orthopaedic sports medicine.

  • To allow the opportunity for the resident to assist in outcomes-based research within an orthopaedic setting.

  • Weekly didactic conferences specializing in both surgical and non-surgical Orthopaedic sports medicine
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Participate in research studies
  • High school and Collegiate sidelines coverage with attending physician (physician extender role)
  • Andrews Institute annual pre-participation physical (required participation)
  • Physicals for college and high school teams
  • Cadaver lab participation
  • Suturing course
  • Sterile training

Applications and documents are emailed directly to the Director of Graduate Medical Education. The list of qualifications and admission documents are listed below:

Qualifications and Admission Materials
  • Athletic Training Licensure in the State of Florida
  • NATABOC Certification
  • Master’s Degree Required
  • CPR/AED Certification Preferred
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/VITA/Reference List
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
Please direct inquiries to: Ashley Mixson, GME Director, at

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