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EMERGING & EARLY PROFESSIONALS

The EEP is replacing the Student Senate.  We are merging the AT professional student (now known as the Emerging Professional) with the Early Professionals (EP certified 1-6 years). The EEP will be a resource to mentorship by highlighting and emulating NATA’s forward thinking; having strong representation within all states; and will create a confident and passionate community by sharing personal and professional opportunities of growth that will bridge the gaps and elevATe the profession moving forward.

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EMERGING PROFESSIONAL PRESIDENT

Blake Poledna

bpoledna12@unm.edu

Blake Poledna is currently a 2nd year student in the University of New Mexico‘s (UNM) Master of Science in Athletic Training program. Blake graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2018 with bachelor’s degrees in Kinesiology and Health Promotion and Mathematics/Sciences. During his undergraduate schooling he also worked for Premier Bone and Joint Centers as a PT Tech and then Lead Tech and DME Management/Requisitions. Blake was also Co-Head Coach of Laramie Swim Club from 2013-2022. During his first year at UNM he served as the RMATA Student Senate President and is looking forward to this year as an EEP Co-President. After graduation, Blake is planning to work as an athletic trainer in the physician practice setting.

RMATA Emerging and Early Professionals (EEP) Leadership and State Representative

Thank you for taking the time to submit your application to become a member of the EEP. The primary purpose of the EEP is to facilitate and improve communication among  member and early professional within the RMATA.

Prior to applying for a position please read the RMATA Emerging and Early Professionals Policies and Procedures (2023-24) for a comprehensive description of roles and responsibilities.

Emerging Professional: A student either intending to go into Athletic Training or involved in a CAATE accredited program.

 

Early Professionals: Individuals within their first 6 years of certification and professional experience.

 

Emerging Professional Officer Position description and responsibilities: 

 

Co-Presidents: One emerging professional and early professional to serve as Co-Presidents. 

The emerging professional, preferable a second-year master's student (transitions from vice president position or selected by the members). Primary responsibilities will be:

  • Oversee the function of the EEP.

  • Communicate regularly with the co-president.

  • Coordinating monthly meetings with the selected EP Co president, and 

  • Planning the annual RMATA emerging professional clinical symposium. 

 

Emerging Professional Vice President (VP): Preferably a first-year master’s student with ambitions of leadership in RMATA. The vice president’s primary responsibility will be:

  • To preside over proceedings when the emerging professional president is unavailable and assist the president where needed.

  • Work in coordination with the President to moderate the Robert Ryan Symposium.

  • Upload monthly meeting minutes within 24 hours post-meeting to RMATA EEP Boards page.

  • Planning the canned food drive in the fall, (or fall event) 

  • Coordinating state representative reports each month.

 

Upon a successful first term the Emerging Professional Vice President will have the opportunity to transition to co-president for their second year (voting/application).

Scribe/Secretary (Emerging or EP): A one year position for emerging professionals or early professionals who wants a volunteer leadership position but perhaps does not want a large commitment. The primary responsibilities of this position will be taking notes during meetings and assisting in planning the events/speaker calendar with the EEP board. This position will also send out surveys to members to get ideas for events and speakers. 

  • Attend all EEP meetings and take notes on the encounter.

  • Maintaining a calendar of EEP events throughout the year and advertise on social media and RMATA Web site.

  • Responsible for any surveys to the EEP membership and reporting the findings to the EEP board.

  • Upload monthly meeting minutes within 24 hours post-meeting to RMATA EEP Boards page. Responsible for contacting all state EEP emerging members with information regarding the date and time of all meetings and conference calls.

 

EEP State Representative: 

As an emerging and early professional this is a one-year position (renew or roll off) who will serve as a liaison between the state presidents and the student members in their respective states. 

The time commitment is minimal (monthly state and EEP meetings, contribute to the planning of the RMATA annual symposium)

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • It is the duty of the state representatives to remain educated on current issues surrounding athletic training in their respective state and report on them during conference calls. They should listen in on state conference calls and attend state meetings when invited.

  • Obtain a current list of  RMATA EP and student members within their respective state to communicate and disseminate information. 

  • All RMATA EP and student state representatives are responsible for communicating directly with vice president with any questions, problems, or absences.

  • State representatives have the responsibility to complete all assignments given to them in a timely manner.

  • It is the duty of the state representatives to remain educated on current issues surrounding athletic training in their respective state and report on them during conference calls. They should listen in on state conference calls and attend state meetings when invited.

 

Requirements:

  1. Applicant must be a current member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association.

  2. Applicant must have a strong desire to engage in mentorship and provide guidance through learned experience to RMATA EP and students.

  3. Applicant must have an interest in attending their state board meetings and provide updates to the EEP.

  4. Contribute to the mission of shared personal and professional among peers and students to elevATe the profession as a whole.

  5. Work collaboratively with the leadership of the EEP to organize and develop learning opportunities throughout the year and at the annual RMATA symposium

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