Taking Charge of Your Health

(soft music) – Hello, I’m Andrew Winterstein. I’m a distinguished
clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin,
in Madison, Wisconsin. I also serve as an adjunct
faculty member for the Doctor of Athletic Training program in the Arizona School of Health Sciences here at A.T. Still University. Well I think the Doctor of
Athletic Training program is really focused on creating that thing we call a
scholarly professional. Someone who has taken the
time to go above and beyond, and get additional training and knowledge in very specialized areas to help become the professional leader of tomorrow, or to help become that
more advanced clinician that can move the dial
for athletic training deeper into the healthcare realm. I think one of the advantages
to the DAT program at ATSU is the format and the way
the curriculum is structured. The opportunity to maintain your current athletic training position and to work asynchronously
in the blocks of courses from your home in an online format, really provides some opportunity for the working athletic training professional who wants to go back and
do this kind of work. Somebody who is attracted to the DAT is probably a clinician. Maybe someone who has
worked already in the field for a period of time, who wants to go back and experience a level of advanced scholarship to become a professional scholar, so that they can have an influence in many aspects of athletic training. What ATSU really does well is, it is populated its program
with some of the very best and brightest minds in athletic training. So, what’s important in what attracted me to be a part of this group
is genuinely the people. I also think you have to take a look at the format that they’re
willing to offer this education to create a tremendous amount
of access and accessibility to all kinds of students
from all walks of life through the online opportunities combined with these wonderful, intensive, in-person experiences,
like the Winter Institute. I’ve been very fortunate to come to all of the Winter
Institutes that have been held, and I’ve yet to walk away
without hearing something that has challenged me to go back, and look at something I’m already doing, either in my professional
scope or my teaching practice, and I’ve always come away with
some thought-provoking idea that really moves the needle
and say, wow, no one else is talking about this and
I just heard this here. The ability to take information
and build those bridges is so important and I
think that’s a lot of what we’re trying to accomplish
to help people get those skills to reach that type of practitioner. Because at the end of the day, all of us are trying to make
contributions that improve patient care. The students come from
all over the country, but the unifying force
that brings them together, is their participation
in this DAT program. The benefit is you are
forever tied to this group of like-minded professionals
that you can share ideas, possibly collaborate with. I think it creates a format
for natural collaboration, whether it’s in projects,
research, professional committees, I think that, that community can extend
in many different ways. I would absolutely recommend the ATSU Doctor of Athletic Training Program, and I have recommended it to colleagues and people who ask me for
advice on this type of degree. Simply because I think it
is one of a kind right now, in its offering, in its structure, and it is, quite frankly,
unmatched in the quality of the faculty that the students
will interact with. I have never been more excited
about the possibility of where athletic training can
go because of the end roads were making into healthcare settings. I think a lot of those end
roads are being made by the very thought-provoking work
that’s being done at ATSU. (soft music)

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