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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Clinical Residency Program?

CAATE defines the mission of a post-professional athletic training residency to advance the preparation of an athletic training practitioner through a planned program of clinical and didactic education in a specialized area utilizing an evidence-based approach to enhance patient care.

Who is eligible to apply to the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Athletic Training Residency?

Any athletic trainer with a passion to increase their knowledge in sports medicine and meets the minimum eligibility requirements stated above for application is welcome to apply. New graduates are encouraged to apply.

I don’t have my license yet, can I still apply to the HMSL Athletic Training Residency?

Yes, residents do not need to be licensed to apply for the residency. However, since residents will be fulltime employees engaged in direct athlete care, residents must have a Texas License of Athletic Training (LAT) AND Board of Certification (BOC) by the start of the program.

A fellowship program is designed to provide greater depth in a specialty or subspecialty area than that which is covered in a residency program. Additionally, applicants of a clinical fellowship program must be licensed as a physical therapist and possess one or more of the following qualifications: 1) specialist certification, 2) completion of a residency in a specialty area, or 3) demonstrable clinical skills within a particular specialty area.

How many residents are accepted each year?

The program will accept 2 residents per calendar year. The number of residents accepted will increase as the number of mentoring faculty and overall program grows.

Where will the main clinic location be?

The primary location for class and mentoring will be the main outpatient therapy department of the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Orthopedics and Sports Medicine building, which also houses all our sports medicine and orthopedic surgeons. This allows great access to the physicians and supports a team approach for all patients. The primary location for athletic venue coverage will be at a local high school in conjunction with a certified athletic trainer.

What outreach opportunities are available?

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital supports various local events including triathlons, races, mass physicals, and tournaments. Residents will assist in sports medicine coverage for these events. They will also be cover under staffed high schools as necessary. This will be considered community outreach for the resident.

How qualified are the faculty and mentors?

The qualification of our faculty is a defining strength of the HMSL Athletic Training Residency. Residents will be mentored by both physical therapists and athletic trainers. All physical therapy faculty mentors are Board Certified Specialist in Sports and/or Orthopedics and have too completed a physical therapy residency and/or fellowship program. We feel the expertise through past residency experience allows our mentors to better relate, understand, and communicate with the resident. Residents will also be mentored by Board Certified Athletic Trainers who have worked at all levels.

In addition, all faculty mentors have extensive knowledge in working with a variety of patients with orthopedic and sports related injuries, and have a true passion for advancing and sharing clinical knowledge through experience and evidence based practice.

What kind of resources will I have to assist my independent learning process?

As fulltime employees of Houston Methodist Hospital, the resident will have full access to the Houston Methodist Hospital computers, electronic library systems, and other necessary educational equipment. This system allows access to one of the largest online health and medical libraries available.

Where will I perform my Athletic Venue Coverage requirements?

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is the primary care provider for all of Fort Bend Athletics, so residents will have significant opportunities to achieve these hours at various high schools. In addition to the high schools, opportunities may exist with Houston area colleges and professional teams.

What is the salary for the resident?

As a full-time employee of Houston Methodist Sugar Land, residents will receive a very competitive residency salary and will be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Short/Long Term Disability
  • Paid Time Off and Holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Will I be able to work a part-time job as well?

The demands of the residency program are quite intense and can be time consuming. Effective time management will be an important characteristic of each resident. Although we cannot mandate against the resident working a second job, we strongly discourage it. Residents will typically work between 45-50hrs/week on average.

Does the hospital provide any housing or transportation benefits?

The hospital does not provide assistance with housing or transportation.