Welcome to the Baptist Health South Florida Athletic Training – Orthopedics Residency located in Miami, Florida.

The goal of this one-year residency is to provide Athletic Trainers with advanced training in orthopedic sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery, with exposure to a broad-spectrum of upper and lower extremity conditions. Baptist Health Athletic Training residents will gain robust knowledge and experience in the clinic, operating room, and research setting within a high volume, multi-specialty orthopedic practice.

Outside of the operating room, residents care for a wide variety of patients and work hand-in-hand with fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeons and Certified Athletic Trainer preceptors within Baptist Health Orthopedic Care.

During clinic, faculty and residents are supported by allied health professionals including a dedicated surgical coordinator, physician assistants, medical assistants, and X-Ray techs. Within the practice, there are also doctoral-trained personnel, certified clinical research coordinators and students who support the residents with their research duties.

Program Size

2 residents each year

Program Highlights

  • Miami is an ideal location for a resident to learn and practice sports medicine. Baptist Health Orthopedic Care provides unique year-round coverage opportunities for a wide variety of high school, collegiate and professional sports teams. Baptist Health Orthopedic Care is the official sports medicine provider for:

    Professional Sports and Venue Partners

    • Florida Panthers (NHL)
    • Inter Miami CF (MLS)
    • Miami Dolphins (NFL)
    • Miami FC Soccer (USLC)
    • Miami Heat (NBA)

    University and School Athletics Partners

    • Barry University
    • Florida Atlantic University
    • Florida International University
    • Miami-Dade County Public Schools
    • St. Thomas University

    Event and Tournament Partners

    • Gulfstream Park Racetrack
    • Miami Beach Bowl
    • Miami Marathon and Half Marathon
    • Miami Open Tennis
    • Orange Bowl

  • Participation in ongoing clinical and basic science research projects is encouraged and protected time for these scholarly activities is built into the weekly schedule. The program has access to a dedicated research staff that is available to assist on all projects. Didactic learning includes weekly sessions in athletic training, orthopaedic sports medicine, foot and ankle orthopaedic surgery, and hand surgery conferences covering a broad range of topics from basic science to pathophysiology and the latest surgical advancements. Residents will also participate in a monthly journal club and case presentations. Finally, residents have year-round access to our on-site cadaveric BioSkills training lab to gain exposure to surgical skills.

Drialys Leal, MS, LAT, ATC

Program Director

Drialys Leal, MS, LAT, ATC
Maria Claudia Corradine

Supervisor, GME Programs

Maria Claudia Corradine

Featured Training Sites

Baptist Health Orthopedic Institute

Baptist Health Orthopedic Institute

The nationally recognized Baptist Health Orthopedic Institute is a multi-site practice with locations across South Florida, offering comprehensive orthopedic services including sports medicine, foot and ankle, hand, adult reconstruction and trauma care to community members and professional athletes. The staff of renowned sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons – backed by the most advanced technology and comprehensive rehabilitation programs – brings a total team approach to each patient’s care. The program serves the Miami HEAT, Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Inter Miami CF, Orange Bowl, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Athletics, Miami Open Tennis and Miami Marathon & Half Marathon.

Doctors Hospital

Doctors Hospital

Doctors Hospital, located in the heart of historic Coral Gables, has provided high-quality medical care since 1949. The 281-bed, acute care facility is recognized for its services in orthopedics, sports medicine, general surgery, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, geriatrics, intensive care and a state-of-the-art Emergency Department.

Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center

Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center

The Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center is a new, state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center located in the Medical Arts Building at Doctors Hospital. It is fully dedicated to orthopedic procedures and includes 4,500 square feet of the world’s most advanced and efficient operating room suites. Two of the four operating rooms have windows for viewing capabilities and student observation.

Doctors Hospital BioSkills Lab

Doctors Hospital BioSkills Lab

This integral part of the Institute’s educational program provides a simulated surgical setting that allows our physicians, residents and fellows to conduct hands-on cadaveric evaluations, surgical education, clinical trials, and research studies including basic science. The lab is fully equipped with the latest arthroscopic equipment. The room allows viewing of the OR for a seamless learning experience. Fellows also have access to the Miami Anatomic and Research Center Institute surgical training center.
Baptist Health Orthopedic Care at Plantation

Baptist Health Orthopedic Care at Plantation

Baptist Health Orthopedic Care at Plantation is a new location for Baptist Health Orthopedic Care with a 112,000 square foot wellness and medical complex just north of I-595 and Pine Island Road. This location offers a more personal, integrated healthcare experience - all in one place including Orthopedics, Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, Physical Therapy, Primary Care, Cardiology, Chemotherapy, Endocrinology, Oncology, Pharmacy, Radiation Therapy, Spine Care, and Urgent Care.

Baptist Health Orthopedic Complex

Baptist Health Orthopedic Complex

Introducing Baptist Health's new, state-of-the-art orthopedic complex across the street from Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins. The expansive, 17,000-square-foot facility is located adjacent to the Baptist Health Training Complex, the Dolphins’ training facility, with clinical areas overlooking the team’s practice field. Serving Dolphins players and the public alike, the new location offers comprehensive orthopedic care with a full range of diagnostic imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation services all under one roof.

Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

Our program attracts, educates, and retains exceptional healthcare talent to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained in the Baptist Health Way with a focus on quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Completed a CAATE accredited Athletic Training program prior to start of the residency
  • BOC Certification
  • Athletic Training Licensure (or eligibility) in the State of Florida
  • Current certification in CPR/AED

Application Requirements

  • Residency Program Application
  • CV listing all scholarly activity (publications/presentations)
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of reference (signed, and on letterhead). One letter must be from an ATC familiar with your work.
Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Application Timeline

  • Where do applicants go to apply?

    Apply Here
  • When are applications accepted? November 1st through March 15th
  • When are candidate interviews? End of March
  • When are candidates notified of acceptance? First Week in April
  • When does the program start? July


Core Experiences

Our program curriculum incorporates block rotations lasting 3 months each, giving residents exposure to a variety of learning experiences throughout the duration of the program.
Orthopedic Sports Medicine
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Hand Surgery
Primary Care Sports Medicine

Longitudinal Experiences

Our program incorporates longitudinal rotations, immersing trainees in particular areas of study throughout the entire duration of the training program.
Operating Room
Didactics (Lectures, Case Presentation, and Journal Club)

Life in South Florida

Sunny days, warm people, and multicultural community - these await you when you join us at Baptist Health South Florida.

Together we’re unstoppable.

As a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization, philanthropy makes the difference between what we can do and what we must do to impact the lives of patients.

Language Preference / Preferencia de idioma

I want to see the site in English

Continue In English

Quiero ver el sitio en Español

Continuar en español