Serve as a physician extender in the primary care, primary care sports medicine, and/or orthopedic clinical setting and specialize in the delivery of high quality health care to patients of all ages and athletes of all skill levels. Promote the Andrews Institute within the Children’s Health System within his/her own entity as well as through community outreach initiatives and serve as an integral part of the healthcare delivery team. The Athletic Trainer / Physician Extender will report to assigned physician and practice administrator while performing clinical, front office duties, and others as assigned; Will prevent, assess, and treat emergency, acute, and chronic injuries; Recondition athletes and active individuals after injury to prevent injury recurrence, impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Perform appropriate patient intake for a variety of medical and musculoskeletal conditions. This includes, but is not limited to, thorough history of condition or injury, chief complaint, assessment of pain level, completion and / or review of past medical history, family history social history and medication reconciliation.
- Perform appropriate physical examination per patient history and chief complaint. This includes but is not limited to palpation of the affected area and unaffected area, range of motion testing, strength testing / manual muscle testing / dynamic muscle testing, myotome/dermatome testing, ligamentous stress testing, or functional testing.
- At direction of supervising physician, perform appropriate point of care testing and order appropriate diagnostic testing or follow-up care.
- Actively engage and participate in community outreach initiatives.
- Support physicians and other clinical/ancillary staff in daily patient care. Casting, bracing and implementation of care plan.
- Comply with all OSHA and JHACO-issued policies and procedures.
- Document all aspects of evaluation, testing appropriately within the EMR.
- Based on patient diagnosis, current activity level and patient care plan goal, collaborates with supervising physician to develop an appropriate plan of care for treatment/interventions.
- Uses current best practices for concussion evaluation and management.
- Collaborates with supervising physician to develop a specific musculoskeletal and concussion care plan for each patient that includes academic and physical recommendations based on clinical assessment.
- Prepares for and assists physician with minor surgical procedures, including preparation of patient treatment site. ATC may also serve as surgical assistant with supervising surgeon if appropriate credentialing and training completed.
- Triage patient messages, phone calls and questions appropriately. Communicate back to referring provider on behalf of the physician.
- Manage referrals to specialists and diagnostics tests in a timely manner.
- Respond to problems/opportunities to improve patient care & customer service.
- Serve as preceptor to undergraduate athletic training student interns work described herein.
Four-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience, required.
Working knowledge of the domains of athletic training: injury/illness prevention and wellness protection, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation, and organizational and professional health and well-being. NATABOC Certification (National Athletic Trainers Association-Board of Certification) is required.
2-4 years ATC experience in a sports medicine practice, preferred.
Specific knowledge, skills, and abilities
- Maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjust effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.
- Use appropriate interpersonal styles to establish effective relationships with customers and internal partners; interact with others in a way that promotes openness and trust and gives them confidence in one's intentions.
- Meet patient and patient family needs; take responsibility for a patient's safety, satisfaction, and clinical outcomes; use appropriate interpersonal techniques to resolve difficult patient situations and regain patient confidence.
- Effectively manage one's time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
- Assimilate and apply new job-related information in a timely manner.
- Ensure that the customer perspective is a driving force behind business decisions and activities; craft and implement service practices that meet customers' and own organization's needs.
- Accomplish tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time.
- Set high standards of performance for self and others; assume responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self impose standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.
- Clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
- Provide feedback, instruction, and development guidance to help others excel in their current or future job responsibilities; plan and support the development of individual skills and abilities.
- Take prompt action to accomplish objectives; take action to achieve goals beyond what is required; be proactive.
- Deal effectively with others in an antagonistic situation; use appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people.
- Identify and understand issues, problems, and opportunities; compare data from different sources to draw conclusions; use effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; take action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
- Develop and use collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
Licenses & Certifications
NATABOC certification, required.
Texas ATC license, required
American Heart Association Basic Life Support for healthcare providers, required.
Medium - Exerting 20-60 lbs. occasionally, 10-25 lbs. frequently, or up to 10 lbs. constantly.