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Emory UniversityBrookhaven, GA
  • Under the direction of the Sports Medicine or Orthopedic Clinic Manager, this is an experienced athletic training position with clinical and/or operating room responsibilities to one or more orthopedic physicians and/or surgeons.
  • This position will require that the incumbent possesses the clinical evaluation and educational skills expected of an athletic trainer for Emory Healthcare, in addition to skills to assist the surgeon in the operating room to improve efficiency.
  • Additionally, the incumbent will provide athletic training services for Emory Orthopedics or Sports Medicine under the direction of a designated orthopedic physician.
  • The incumbent has direct patient contact primarily for the evaluation and treatment of medical and musculoskeletal pathology consistent with the scope and practice of athletic training clinical competencies as defined by the NATABOC and the State of Georgia Athletic Training Credentialing Board.
  • The incumbent must perform many of the outlined tasks with minimal or no supervision in the clinical setting.
  • Problems encountered are of a moderate to higher level of complexity and a considerable amount of creativity, resourcefulness, and innovation are utilized in problem solving.
  • Surgical Assist in the Operating Room - Assists surgeon with patient positioning, preparation and draping.
  • Maintains sterile operating field, cuts sutures, assists MD with tissue retraction, exposure of the operative area, suctioning, sizing and preparation of previously harvested graft-tissue, position of arthroscopic camera, and suturing skin and wound closure under supervision of the physician.
  • Patient Care - Performance of a thorough medical history on each patient, including; a thorough history of the injury or condition, primary complaint, pain level assessment, past medical history, review of medications and allergies, and how quality of life is affected.
  • Performance of an appropriate physical examination on each patient seen, including; range of motion testing, strength testing, sensation testing, palpation, functional testing, ligamentous testing, and special tests as needed.
  • Ordering Tests/Labs - Responsibility Description: Order and interpret diagnostic studies under the direction of a physician, including; radiographs, MRIs, EMG studies, CT scans, diagnostic ultrasounds, rehabilitation referrals, and physician referrals.
  • Therapeutic Procedures - Responsibility Description: Prepare and assist the physician with injection procedures done in the office.
  • Provides proper post-operative wound care and education, removal of sutures and dressing changes to post-surgical patients as directed by the attending physician.
  • Develops and implements patient management plans, assists in provision of continuity of care from offices visits through surgery if necessary as well as therapy needs.
  • Perform cast and/or durable medical equipment (DME) application and removal.
  • Patient Education - Responsibility Description: Serves as a link between patient and physician during patient care.
  • Performance of educational responsibilities in specific to the needs of each individual patient, including; exercise instruction and demonstration and answering patient questions in regards to the treatment plan, surgery, rehabilitation and future care.
  • Documentation - Responsibility Description: Documentation of each patient visit following all outlined guidelines in the electronic databases to include history, physical exam, diagnostic test results, impression, plan, and patient learning.
  • Administrative responsibilities - Responsibility Description: Complete administrative/clerical responsibilities necessary for effective and efficient clinic flow, including; completion of FMLA or short-term disability paperwork specific to surgery; assures chart availability/preparedness for surgery and clinic follow-up.
  • Assure a timely response to patient phone calls.
  • Handles general office duties and any other tasks assigned by the physicians or clinic manager.
  • Additional Responsibilities may include - Assist with physician research projects and demonstrate progression on specific projects and/or Serve as a mentor for the Athletic Training Residency program with involvement in teaching and educational sessions as well as supervising students in a learning environment.
  • Master’s Degree in Athletic Training or a Healthcare related field and graduate of an Athletic Training Residency Program (Accredited program preferred) with one (1) year of experience working in an Orthopedic Physician practice setting.
  • A Master’s Degree in Athletic Training or a Healthcare related field with an OTC and 2 years of OR experience will be accepted in lieu of completion of a residency program.
  • (Medium Max 25lbs): up to 25 lbs, 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 25 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
  • Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks.
  • Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock, Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation, Shift work, Travel may be required.
  • Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.

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