Funded Clinical Assignments:
Our program has 13 funded clinical assignments. We believe a clinical assignment is so important that we only accept an equal number of graduate students, which turns out to be either 6 or 7 per year (e.g.: Graduating Class of 2013 has 6 students, so the Class of 2014 will have 7). Clinical placements for students in the Graduate Athletic Training Program are determined using student input in combination with recommendation from Teaching Faculty and the Clinical Coordinator. Student input is provided during the interview process, as well as during meetings with clinical mentors and includes student’s professional goals, clinical skills and experiences. Second year students are placed in advance of those entering the program their first year. Students are placed in different clinical assignments each of their two years in the Athletic Training Program.
At the University of Oregon, the term “Graduate Teaching Fellow” (or GTF) is used for all graduate funding, instead of the more common “Graduate Assistant”. Our graduate funded clinical assignments all include a full tuition waiver, health benefits, and a stipend (~$1,100/month). The maximum appointment a graduate student can hold equals 0.49 FTE, which is equivalent to approximately 20 hours/week. Students are responsible for student fees each term which equal approximately $140/term or $420/year total. Students must also become Licensed by the Oregon Health Licensing Office which includes a one time $100 application fee, and then costs $225/year. One pint of local micro-brew averages $4/pint, and its worth every penny. The following information outlines the various settings in which our clinical assignments are housed:
Thurston and Springfield High Schools currently each offer a 0.49 FTE GTF position in a diverse setting with excellent athletic programs. These positions allow for independent clinical opportunities, including practice and event supervision, emergency care, injury evaluation, management, treatment of athletic related injuries and/or conditions, and mentorship of undergraduate students.
One 0.30 FTE GTF position is available with the Rec Sports department. This unique GTF opportunity is ideal for those interested in becoming clinical instructors or educators. The position includes teaching a small seminar class for undergraduates who will act as First Responders during Rec Sports events. Other responsibilities include on-site event coverage and undergraduate mentorship.
Two 0.2 FTE positions are available with the University’s Club Sports program. These two graduate students will work together to provide athletic training services at the home matches for Rugby, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer and Ultimate Frisbee. These positions also include clinical hours treating Club Sports athletes in the Esslinger clinic. These two Club Sports GTF positions are typically coupled with either the Recreational Sports GTF position or a teaching position in the HPHY department.
There are eight 0.49 FTE GTF positions available in intercollegiate athletics. These positions include opportunities to participate in the provision of comprehensive athletic medicine care for intercollegiate student-athletes. These responsibilities include experiences in a structured environment at the various facilities located on campus and at the Casanova Athletic Center. There are varied responsibilities and these may include travel, practice and event supervision, as well as evaluation and treatment of athletic related injuries and/or conditions. Currently, GTFs are involved with the following athletic teams: Football, Track and Field, Volleyball, Tennis, Softball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Baseball, and Acrobatics & Tumbling.