Athletic Trainer,Sports Medicine Clinic

North Carolina, United Sates
26 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

  • The certified athletic trainer in the Duke University Health System serves as a physician extender in the primary care, primary care sports medicine, orthopedic and/or ophthalmology clinical setting. 
  • The certified athletic trainer specializes in the delivery of high quality health care to patients of all ages and athletes of all skill levels.
  • The certified athletic trainer is certified by the Board of Certification (NATA BOC) and is licensed to practice athletic training in the state of North Carolina by the North Carolina Board of Athletic Training Examiners (NCBATE).
  • The certified athletic trainer promotes the Duke University Health System within his/her own entity as well as through community outreach initiatives.  The certified athletic trainer within the health system serves as an integral part of the healthcare delivery team. 

The Duke University Health System Values of excellence, safety, integrity, diversity, and teamwork will guide the daily responsibilities and outreach efforts put forth by the certified athletic trainer. Support physician and other clinical / ancillary staff within orthopedic sports medicine clinic in daily patient care. Perform clinical intake for concussion evaluations and formulate care plan in collaboration with provider. Manage incoming communication and schedule concussion visits, as well as coordinate specialist referrals for sports-related concussion cases. Provide clinical oversight to Sports Medicine Hotline by expediting urgent sports medicine referrals.Support Duke Sports Vision program by performing vision screening measures either as injury follow-up or in a performance enhancement capability. Implement performance exercise program or treatment and training protocols as a result of screening measures / deficiencies identified. Support Sports Medicine and Vision programs by identifying and potential clients and planning and participating in community outreach events, educational initiatives and marketing projects.  Serve as liaison between Sports Medicine, Ophthalmology and PT / OT to ensure communication and collaboration among all parties. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Complies with all OSHA and JHACO-issued policies and procedures.
  • Performs 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.          
  • At direction of supervising physician(s), performs appropriate point of care testing and / or vision screening and training tools.  
  • At direction of supervising physician,  orders 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.            
  • Documents 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:

  1. develop and provide training for client-specific exercise program
  2. appropriately choose and fit durable medical equipment
  3. fabricate and apply custom splint or cast
  4. educate patient as to why any of the above or combination of the above is included in the plan of care   
  • Uses current best practices for concussion evaluation.   
  • Prepares for and assists physician with minor procedures.            
  • Uses excellent written and verbal communication in all aspects of interactions with patients, patients’ families, staff,  internal and external physicians and guests of the department   
  • Maintains confidentiality (HIPAA, FERPA, etc) in matters relating to employees, community members, patients, families, and visitors.     
  • Triages 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.   
  • Manages 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            
  • Initiates problem solving, critical thinking, and conflict resolution to foster sound working relationships with peers/colleagues            
  • Attends mandatory full staff and clinical meetings and acknowledges receipt of and reviews minutes if absent


  • List factors that identify the better candidates from a group of people who meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Physician extender / athletic trainer in a physician office setting experience
  • Use of electronic medical record
  • Experience in clinical evaluation and treatment of sports-related concussion preferred
  • Experience and/or strong interest in the application of vision assessments and interventions to improve clinical screening, rehabilitation and performance enhancements.


  •  If Yes, Mark all that apply:
  • Develop Budget Recommendations
  • Prepare budget requests & written narratives
  • Review expenses against budget
  • Budget amounts responsible for:
  • Payroll
  • Capital
  • Purchasing


  • Must be able to work under time pressures in a busy clinic/office environment.
  • Must be present on site for 8 hour shifts during standard business hours.              
  • Must be available and present for designated community outreach events outside of standard business hours and on weekends.         
  • Must participate in group activities requiring interpersonal skills & cooperation.
  • Must work as late person when scheduled or according to business needs            
  • Must be able to react quickly and immediately respond to emergencies.
  • Must travel between locations on needed basis.               
  • Must be able to handle multiple assignments, conflicting demands & priorities.  
  • Must maintain attention to detail over extended period of time.
  • Must be continually aware of variations in changing situations.  
  • Must be able to move throughout office environment throughout day.  
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs.           
  • Must be able to push/pull 25 lbs.             
  • Must be able to carry 10 lbs.
  • Must be able to reach for objects by extending arms.

Requisition Number: 401512355 
Location: Durham
Job Family Level: D2
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non-exempt
Full Time / Part Time: FULL TIME
Regular / Temporary: Regular 
Shift: First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, 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 robust exchange of ideas, an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions:

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Bachelor’s Degree in athletic training or equivalent from a CAATE accredited program is 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 well-being. 


Master’s Degree preferred.
One year of experience as a certified athletic trainer preferred, but not required.


National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification credential is required. NATABOC 
North Carolina Board of Athletic Trainer Examiners License required (or eligible for licensure).

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