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WFU Physician Scientist, Ortho 4 months 5 days ago #38025

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Wake Forest University offers a 2-year Orthopaedic Physician Scientist Training Program. The program is a two year postdoctoral experience of mentored and protected basic science research time prior to clinical residency. The goal of the program is to provide applicants with a foundation in basic science research and the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue a career in academic Orthopaedic Surgery. In addition, Physician Scientists have the opportunity to seek further education by pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Wake Forest Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Physician Scientists spend two years in the Orthopaedic Research Laboratories to pursue basic science in their respective field of interest within Orthopaedic Surgery. During this time, they are mentored by experienced basic science researchers and clinical collaborators. The protected research time allows the physician scientist to design studies and prepare competitive research grants and have access to collaborating departments (Biomedical Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Biostatistics and Population Medicine, Translational Sciences).

During the two year program, Physician Scientists do not have any call obligations; however, they participate in the core educational curriculum of the 5-year residency including educational conferences, Orthopaedic Grand Rounds and subspecialty journal clubs. In addition, physician scientists may serve as medical student facilitators, and mentor postdoctoral fellows, medical students, and visiting international medical students and collaborate with fellow residents in research projects.

The Physician Scientist Program is a 2-year postdoctoral experience separate from Wake Forest's 5-year Orthopaedic Residency Program. In order to comply with ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) and NRMP (National Resident Matching Program) guidelines, the Physician Scientist Program is not directly linked to the 5-year Orthopaedic Residency Program. Therefore, if you wish to pursue your residency training at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, you must complete the standard process which includes, in part, an ERAS residency application, registration for the match, and adherence to the ACGME and NRMP guidelines.

Although the physician scientist program and the residency are not linked; they are synergistic and application to the residency is encouraged and supported within the NMRP guidelines. Successful completion of the physician scientist program is factored significantly by the selection committee.

Application Process (Deadline October 11, 2019)

Candidates are asked to apply via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). There is no separate program code for the Physician Scientist Program. Candidates are asked to send a short letter expressing their interest to Kerry A. Danelson, PhD, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Once that is received, their file will receive consideration for both the traditional (5 year) residency program and the Physician Scientist Fellowship Program. All candidates must be U.S. Medical School Graduates or have received ECFMG certification.
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