Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Important Update: Changes to CAATE Residency and Fellowship Standards
The CAATE Board of Commissioners approved changes to sections of the CAATE Residency and Fellowship Program Standards. The changes provide clarification to Standard 10 and the minimum hours requirement for programs. Additionally, the Commission approved the change to remove retention rate as an achievement measure requirement for residency and fellowship programs.
2022 Residency and Fellowship Standard Changes:
- Standard 5-Revised the Annotation
- Standard 10-Revised the Annotation, and How to Address
- Standard 30-Revised the Standard
- Glossary-Revised Definitions
2022 Residency and Fellowship Standards
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Link to changes online
Standard 5: The program collects resident/fellow achievement measures on an annual basis.
Annotation: The following achievement measures must be collected:
- Program completion rate
Program retention rate
- Resident/fellow placement rate
- Resident/fellow readiness for advance practice in the specialty/sub-specialty area as demonstrated by the program’s summative assessment tool
*Annotation: Deleted program retention rate. Approved by th
by the Commission September 22, 2023.
Standard 10: The program ensures well rounded and comprehensive clinical practice experiences that expose the residents to the full spectrum of the specialty area.
Annotation: The program is designed to provide a full-time practice experience in the specialty area. The full-time practice experience must occur over at least 12 months, with a
yearly minimum of 1664 hours (80% of 40 clinical hours minimum per week) of clinical practice dedicated within the specialty area. Of the required 1664 clinical practice hours in the specialty area, 500 hours (30% of 1664 clinical specialty area hours) of that time being must be mentored. An additional plus 260 hours of didactic work is required during the duration of the program. (5 hours average per week) which is in addition to the minimum of 40 clinical hours per week.
The experiences should be planned, ongoing and consistent, per the identified area of specialization of the resident, and should intentionally expose the resident to a diverse spectrum of the specialty.
How to Address This Standard
• Narrative describing breadth of experiences provided to the resident and how they are engaged in the specialty area throughout the duration of the program.
*Annotation: Removed “(80% of 40 clinical hours minimum per week)…(30% of 1164 clinical specialty area hours) of that time being must being…(5 hours average per week) which is in addition to the minimum of 40 clinical hours per week.”
*How to Address This Standard: Added “and how they are engaged in the specialty area throughout the duration of the program.” Approved by the Commission August 8, 2023.
Standard 30: Prospective and accepted residents are provided with publicly accessible information about the program to include the following:
- Program Policies & Procedures including grievance, family leave, withdrawal and/or termination, and academic dishonesty policies
- Admission requirements
- Employee retention requirements
- Program completion requirements
- Organizational fair practice policies including non-discrimination policies and protection of health and safety of the resident/fellow
- Salary and financial responsibility (program related costs)
- Aggregate data (
retention, placement, completion, pass rates)
- Mission and programmatic goals
*Standard: Removed retention. Approved by the Commission September 22, 2023.
Program retention rate: Retention of resident/fellow for the entire length of the residency term as defined by the residency program (at minimum a twelve-month employment period).
*Removed program retention rate. Approved by the Commission September 22, 2023.
Aggregate data: Averaged data collected by the organization over a five-year period of time. This includes, at a minimum, the percentage of residents/fellows within six months of residency/fellowship completion who have obtained positions in the following categories: employed as an athletic trainer in the specialty area, employed as an athletic trainer, employed as other, and not employed. Programs must post the following data for the past three years on their website: the number of residents/fellows who successfully completed the residency/fellowship,
the number of residents/fellows who completed the full twelve-month program (minimum of 12 months, may be longer), and the percentage of specialty exam pass rate if/when applicable.
*Removed “the number of residents/fellows who completed the full twelve month program (minimum of 12 month, may be longer). Approved by the Commission September 22, 2023.