2008 News and Events


December 2008:

Todd Bullard on Athletic Therapy Today cover

UTC Head Athletic Trainer is on the cover of the November 2008 issue of Athletic Therapy Today for an article on "Disinhibatory Modalities."


October 2008:

Accreditation Site Visit is a success!!!

The Accreditation Site Team gave our program lavish praise.  Among the particular strengths cited were Dr. Marisa Colston's leadership, the collaboration with Physical Therapy for the gross anatomy course, the positive teaching and research relationship with UT College of Medicine Family Practice, the collaboration and trust between the academic program and UTC Athletics, and the programs 100% pass rate on the national certification exam.as of last testing. Great job to not only the faculty and staff, but to the students and administration for each of their respective parts.

We find out the formal findings from CAATE in 4-8 weeks.  Once the exchanges of concerns (if any) and responses (if needed) are finalized then we will be awarded our accreditation status.  It is our hope that this will be known sometime in late winter/early spring 2009.


September 2008:

Congratulations to Dr. Robertson

The UTC-GATP faculty, staff and students wish to extend congratulations to our co-Medical Director, Dr. Jason Robertson and his wife Amber on the birth of their son Royce Gillam Robertson. He came into the world on September 23, 2008. Everyone is doing very well!


September 2008:

Athletic Trainers participate in the Komen Chattanooga Race for the Cure

Several students along with faculty member Scott Bruce were among the 5500+ participants to take part in the 9th Annual Susan G. Komen Chattanooga Race for the Cure for breast cancer. Those that participated are pictured below. From left to right: Kathryn Bonecutter, Amanda Hughes, Kerri Cramer, Dana Johnston, Carlitta Moore, Scott L. Bruce, David Wilkenfeld, Jessica Pope and Laura Friess.


September 2008:

Athletic Training Student Accomplishes a First

Justin Miloszewski became the first Athletic Training Student to present as the Sports Medicine Grand Rounds, a monthly forum for physicians, physician residents, physical therapy students, athletic training students and faculty and staff from all programs. During each monthly forum, two case studies are presented and discussed. Justin presented a case on a Salter-Harris Fracture in the High School Football Player. Usually the cases are presented by the physicians and/or residents. Justin's presentation was the first time a students has presented at the Sport Medicine Grand Rounds. Congratulations Justin! We look forward to other students presenting in the future.


September 2008:

Accreditation Visit Set

Dr. Marisa Colston announced that the CAATE Accreditation Site Visit has been set for October 5, 6 & 7, 2008. This is a required step in the accreditation process. We are looking forward to the input and feedback that the site visitors will provide us to assist in the continued improvement of the educational program.


August 2008:

"Keeping the Mocs in the Game"

Dr. Gary Wilkerson has written an article in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press about the design of a special brace for high ankle sprains. This particular brace is being used on our football team's starting quarterback and is enabling him to return to play safely and sooner than through the use of conventional bracing and taping.


July 2008:

UTC Partners with Erlanger Hospital

UTC students will have more access to a great range of care opportunities as a result of a new partnership with Erlanger Hospital and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. All students will be able to be access everything from orthopedics and OB-GYN care to cardiology and general surgery will be offered. The benefits extend into the Athletic Department and to the Graduate Athletic Training Program. Medical care and educational opportunities expand for the athletes and the athletic training students.


July 2008:

David Bartal joins the UTC Graduate Athletic Training Program faculty

Mr. David Bartal joins the UTC-GATP faculty as a instructor and Clinical Coordinator. David has had strong ties to the program as an alum, (2006), and an Approved Clinical Instructor in his previous position as the Clinical Coordinator of the Student Health Center.


June 2008:

Dr. Gary Wilkerson presents at the NATA Convention

Dr. Gary Wilkerson presented a workshop entitled "Evaluation and Management of Ankle and Subtalar Joint Instability" at the National Athletic Trainers' Association's Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in St. Louis, MO.


May 2008:

Dr. Gary Wilkerson has been recognized for his professional achievement in research and service to the profession as part of the inaugural NATA Fellows class.


April 2008:

BOC Exam-100% first-time pass rate

Congratulations to the 12 students from the 2008 class that passed the BOC exam on their first attempt. This is a great start to their career and we wish them the best.


March 2008:

SEATA Awards

Congratulations to Carrie Anderson and Candy Anderson on being awarded SEATA Scholarships. Candy received the Jerry Rhea Atlanta Falcons Graduate Scholarship and Carrie received the SEATA Memorial Graduate Scholarship.


March 2008:

SEATA Presentations

Dr. Gary Wilkerson, Scott Bruce and Dr. Eric Parks presented at the 33rd annual SEATA Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting. Dr. Wilkerson spoke on "Subtalar Function: An Overlooked Link" and Dr. Parks and Scott Bruce's topic was "General Medical Evaluation: Heart & Lungs." (Dr. Parks is one of the Family Practice Resident Physicians that work closely with UTC Athletics and UTC-GATP.)


February 2008:

Student SEATA and Educator's Conference Presentations

Dr. Gary Wilkerson and Dr. Marisa Colston presented at the 23rd annual SEATA Athletic Training Student Symposiuim. Dr. Colston also presented at the 2nd biennial SEATA Educator's Conference on Athletic Training Educators: The "Gatekeepers" of the Profession


January 2008:

Scott Bruce presents at the TATS Convention

Scott Bruce presented on "Pilates Exercises for Rehabilitation" at the Annual Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium.


January 2008:

TATS Award

Congratulations to Candy Anderson on receiving the Tennessee Athletic Trainer's Society Graduate Athletic Training Student Scholarship.