Columbia Pre-doctoral David P. Roye, Jr., MD, Clinical Research Fellowship

3 months 4 weeks ago - 3 months 4 weeks ago #39571 by cr1
Dear Medical Students:

The Division of Pediatric Orthopedics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center invites 3rd year medical students to apply for The David P. Roye, Jr., MD, Clinical Research Fellowship, a funded one-year clinical research fellowship, starting in the summer of 2023. This is an exciting opportunity for highly motivated students who are interested in pursuing a career in Orthopedic Surgery. The goal of this fellowship is to create a network of future orthopedic surgeons who have extensive experience conducting high-level clinical research.

This research position offers training in clinical research, clinical exposure, and hands-on mentorship with senior orthopedic surgery faculty and research mentors.

Our mission is to improve pediatric musculoskeletal health through evidence-based clinical research. As a renowned center for Pediatric Orthopedics, we have an opportunity to spearhead many initiatives to make significant impacts in this field.

While there is a focus on pediatric spine deformity, there will be opportunities for fellows to research a breadth of topics related to pediatric orthopedics, including cerebral palsy, community & health equity studies, conservative care, quality improvement, and education. Completed projects by our fellows are published in top orthopedic journals and presented at both national and international research conferences.

Specific research areas of interest of our team are:
Clinical Research: developing new analytical methods for evaluating various surgical and non-surgical techniques and applying these methods to innovate approaches to patient care Patient-Based Outcome Research: developing and assessing quality of life and caregiver burden outcome measures reflecting issues of importance to patients and their caregivers Quality and Safety Research: investigating and developing methods in improving the quality and safety of the surgical experience for patients and family members, such as preventing surgical site infections after spine surgery

Research fellows will also have dedicated clinical time with our attendings in clinic and in surgeries, learning both medical and surgical management of pediatric spine deformity from world-renowned spine surgeons. Fellows will be training under Dr. Michael G. Vitale and Dr. Benjamin D. Roye. They are both principal investigators, in addition to having robust, high-volume surgical practices. Furthermore, Dr. Vitale and Dr. Roye will provide invaluable operative experience and mentorship to students. They have been mentoring fellows for over twenty-five years, establishing a longstanding clinical research center in the Division of Pediatric Orthopedics at The Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New-York Presbyterian. Furthermore, they have been conducting clinical research with international groups, such as the Pediatric Spine Study Group and HARMS Study Group, for decades.

Every year we have medical students work in our research center between their 3rd and 4th years with great success. Our previous students have matched to their top choice residency programs including Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Harvard University, and Hospital for Special Surgery.

To apply for this position, please email your CVone letter of recommendationUSMLE scores (if available), unofficial transcriptbrief statement of interest (limit to one page), and one writing sample to Kevin Lu (

The deadline for submission is February 28th, 2023. 

Further information about the program can be found here: . If you have any questions, please reach out to Kevin Lu ( 

Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH
Ana Lucia Professor of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery
Vice Chair, Quality and Strategy
Director, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Chief, Pediatric Spine and Scoliosis Service
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York - Presbyterian
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