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athletic training background


Devourer of WORLDS
15+ Year Member
Apr 5, 2006
  1. Attending Physician
Not necessarily favorable, but definitely helps! It means you get it. I didn't know what an athletic trainer was until residency. There's a lot of sports med docs out there with the initials MD/DO, ATC, LAT. My fellowship director was a student athletic trainer in college as well.

The Creeper

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10+ Year Member
Feb 11, 2011
  1. Attending Physician
IMHO it helps quite a bit with relating to the AT staff during fellowship and beyond. It also helps when trying to get into shadowing positions during residency because there is usually a fellow AT in charge of scheduling. Also, the sideline experience helps relate to the athletes/families and also sideline etiquette which is a large part of how to gain respect/street cred with school/team admin.

Dr Creeper, sports med doc, AT

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