Duke University ATHLETIC TRAINER - SPORTS MEDICINE CLINIC in Durham, North Carolina


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ATHLETIC TRAINER - Sports Medicine Clinic - Durham

General Description of the Job Class

Serve as a physician extender in the primary care, primary care sports medicine, and/or orthopaedic 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 Duke University 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.

Duties and Responsibilities of this Level

  • 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.

  • This includes but is not limited to: UA, upreg, mono spot, rapid flu, etc.

  • At direction of supervising physician, order appropriate diagnostic testing or follow-up care that includes but is not limited to: xrays, MRI, CT scan, EMG, diagnostic ultrasound, rehabilitation referrals, specialty referrals, and prescription medications.

  • Support physicians and other clinical/ancillary staff in daily patient care.

  • 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 and teach an appropriate home exercise program

  • Appropriately choose and fit durable medical equipment

  • Fabricate and apply custom splint or cast

  • Fit patient with any other rehabilitation equipment / implement (TENS, bone stim, etc)

  • Educate patient as to why any of the above or combination of the above is included in the plan of care

  • Appropriately remove casts / splints

  • Prepares for and assists physician with minor procedures, including preparation of patient treatment site for the following: skin biopsies, joint injections, PRP, toenail removal, wound care, suture application / suture removal, staple application / staple removal

  • Triage patient messages, phone calls and questions appropriately, whether it is resolving issue within the scope of practice or utilizing physician, nurse triage, other ancillary staff as needed to resolve question.

  • Manage referrals to specialists, diagnostics tests in a timely manner and communicates both delays, and results/subsequent plan of care in a courteous, efficient, and patient-appropriate manner

  • Respond to problems/opportunities to improve patient care & customer service Serve as preceptor to undergraduate athletic training student interns

Required Qualifications at this Level


  • Bachelors degree in athletic training or equivalent from a CAATE accredited program required.

  • Work requires 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. ____________


Work requires one year experience as a certified athletic trainer having participated in various administrative, educational or medical support services or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience. Physician extender background and experience with an electronic medical record are beneficial but not required.

Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification:

NCBATE licensed or eligible NATABOC certification

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent written and communication skills.

  • Must be able to work within multidisciplinary team

  • Must be able to work under time pressures in a busy clinic environment.

  • Must be present on site for 8 hour shifts during standard clinic hours.

  • Must participate in group activities requiring interpersonal skills and cooperation.

  • Must be able to react quickly andimmediately respond to emergencies.

  • Must travel between locations on regular basis.

  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs.

  • Must be able to push/pull 50 lbs.





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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employercommitted to providing employment opportunity without regard to anindividual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, genderidentity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robustexchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity ofour perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achievethis exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feelsecure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals arerespected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our communityhave a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions:Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System mayinclude essential job functions that require specific physical and/ormental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests forreasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Bachelors degree in athletic training or equivalent from a CAATEaccredited program required. Work requires knowledge of the domains ofathletic training: injury/illness prevention and wellness protection,clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care,treatment and rehabilitation, and organizational and professional healthand well-being. NATABOC Certification (National Athletic TrainersAssociation-Board of Certification) is required.


No experience required.