Melquist named OTRF Program Director, Athletic Training Residency Program

The Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Teaching & Research Foundation (OTRF) named Morgan Melquist, MS, ATC, OTC, as its program director for the CAATE-accredited OTRF Athletic Training Residency Program. As director, Melquist is responsible for training and overseeing athletic trainers participating in the annual OTRF program in conjunction with Dr. Steven Chudik, OTRF founder and orthopaedic surgeon with the Shoulder, Knee and Sports Medicine Injury Clinic in Westmont, Western Springs and Downers Grove, Ill. Additionally, Melquist serves as a clinical athletic trainer assisting Dr. Chudik in clinic and in surgery.

Before joining OTRF, Melquist was a surgical athletic trainer with Indiana University Health Physicians at Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis. Additionally, she was an athletic trainer assisting with Harvard University Football, Boston University men’s basketball and USA gymnastics.

Melquist received a B.S. in biology from the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, a M.S. in athletic training from Boston University, Sargent College, Boston, and completed her athletic training at Emory Healthcare, Brookhaven, Ga. Clinical experience is necessary for athletic trainers to work in healthcare settings. During her residency, Melquist participated in research on the release of tibialis posterior muscle osseofascial sheath and how it improves deep exertional compartment syndrome surgery. The comparative analysis and long-term results study was published in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol.8, Issue 8, August 2020.

Raised in Jamestown, NY, Melquist enjoys hiking, yoga, and playing guitar and ukulele.

The Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Teaching and Research Foundation (OTRF) is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to funding research and education for the purpose of keeping people active and healthy. In an effort to prevent injury and remain active—especially for young athletes—Dr. Chudik saw a growing need for up-to-date medical information and unbiased research on injury prevention, arthritis and wear and tear on the musculoskeletal systems—joints, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, etc. In response to these requests, OTRF produces and distributes a semi-annual e-newsletter, shares information about health performance-related issues such as nutrition and fitness, hosts athletic training educational programs and conducts seminars for healthcare providers and the community. The Foundation also funds unbiased orthopaedic research and technologies

For additional information about the OTRF Athletic Training Clinical Residency Program for athletic trainers, visit the OTRF website at To learn about charitable donation opportunities, contact Dr. Chudik at 630-324-0402 or email

Board certified in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine, Dr. Steven C. Chudik is a pioneer in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. He developed several innovative, minimally invasive arthroscopic surgical procedures, instruments and implants for the repair of shoulder, knee and sports-related injuries including rotator cuff, labral and cartilage tears of the shoulder and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), meniscal and cartilage injuries to the knee.

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