Michael “Sully” Sullivan remembered for his early participation, support of the OTRF Athletic Training Residency Program and numerous contributions to his ATC vocation

With two weeks left for athletic trainers to submit their applications to the Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Teaching and Research Foundation (OTRF) for the 2019-2010 postgraduate Athletic Training Residency Program, Dr. Steven Chudik wants to note the passing of a dear friend and former OTRF resident, Michael “Sully” Sullivan, MS, ATC. Sully passed away too soon, but not before helping thousands of patients and athletic trainers. Dr. Chudik had the honor and pleasure of working with Sully when he participated in the OTRF athletic training internship and later as Sully served as president of the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association (IATA), president-elect for the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association (GLATA), and delegate to the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). In 2017, Sully was named to the IATA Hall of Fame for his participation and work to improve the athletic training profession and the quality of health care in Illinois.

“Mike Sullivan was one of the driving forces behind the start of OTRF’s Athletic Training Residency Program and shared the early vision for athletic trainers and orthopaedic doctors working side by side in the clinic and operating room,” said Dr. Chudik. “He was devoted to his profession and to keeping people active and healthy. I was fortunate to have known Mike and to have had him involved with my Foundation’s program.”

For the past 16 years, the OTRF Athletic Training Residency Program has integrated athletic trainers into the clinical orthopaedic setting focusing on evaluating and presenting patients in clinic and first assisting in the operating room. At the completion of the yearlong, hands-on experience, athletic trainers have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide immediate value and impact to an orthopaedic clinical practice.

March 15, 2019, is the deadline for interested athletic trainers to submit their application for the 2019-2020 program. For more information and an application, visit the OTRF website page http://www.otrfund.org/athletic-trainer-residency-program/.

Dr. Steven Chudik is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in knee and shoulder arthroscopic surgery, sports medicine and work injuries. Click to use the convenient online scheduling page, www.stevenchudikmd.com/schedule-online/, to make an appointment with Dr. Chudik at either his Westmont or Western Springs, Illinois, clinics.