Residency and Fellowship Program Standards
The CAATE has formally approved the new Standards for the Accreditation of Athletic Training Residency and Fellowship Programs (Residency and Fellowship Standards).
The language and global framework of these new Residency and Fellowship Standards (2022) may look different from both the 2014 Residency Standards and 2020 Professional Standards. This was an intentional change, as we purposely highlight the differences and uniqueness of residency and fellowship programs in athletic training. Residency and fellowship positions are full-time clinical positions with an academic role (didactic and scholarship) that are designed to build upon and expand the athletic trainer’s depth and breadth of knowledge and experience acquired during professional education in a specialty or subspecialty area, respectively. As such, the program delivery for residency and fellowship programs has a different intention. Athletic training residents and fellows are already credentialed decision-makers who have been practicing within the health care system, so the outcomes and assessments within these programs target health care providers advancing clinical practice and content expertise in order to improve patient care. The committee reviewed similarly aligned programs across other health care professions to determine minimum programmatic requirements as it relates to program delivery.
The date of implementation for the new Residency and Fellowship Standards is July 1, 2022. This would mean that programs whose self-study is slated to open on July 1, 2022 would write the self-study, and conduct the subsequent on-site visit, on the new Residency and Fellowship Standards.
Questions about the new Residency and Fellowship Standards can be addressed to the CAATE office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-844-GO-CAATE.
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