A one year research fellowship working with the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Biomechanics Research Team at Hospital for Special Surgery is available for the 2018-19 academic year. The research fellow will work with a close-knit team of surgeons and engineers focused on understanding the biomechanical impact of ACL injury and reconstruction on knee function and clinical outcome. The team consists of surgeons in the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at HSS including Drs. Thomas Wickiewicz, Andrew Pearle, and Danyal Nawabi, and Scientists within the Biomechanics Department including Carl Imhauser, PhD.

This research opportunity focuses on translating a novel measurement instrument for patient-based assessment of knee stability to the clinic. The opportunity includes cadaver validation of the measurement instrument, assessment of healthy volunteers, and pre- and post-operative testing of patients treated with ACL reconstruction. There will also be ample opportunity to contribute to other on-going patient-based and in vitro projects within our group. Collection, analysis, and synthesis of data are important aspects of all projects.

The position requires exceptional interpersonal skills, especially the ability to communicate across a broad spectrum of individuals including surgeons, patients, engineers, therapists, and statisticians. Strong writing ability related to preparation of IRB applications and manuscripts is expected. Excellent organizational skills are paramount to coordinating the studies that the group is undertaking. Outstanding analytical ability and demonstrated experience using mathematical computing software (including MATLAB) for data analysis and visualization is necessary.

Strong preference will be given to applicants interested in pursuing a career in Orthopedics with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics, Statistics, or Computer Science. Applicants must be currently enrolled in medical school, and able to devote a gap year to research, or must have completed medical school and are pursuing a research gap year. The position is best-suited for a medical student who has completed their 3rd or 4th year of school. A stipend will be provided.

This is a multi-faceted research opportunity encompassing patient interaction, participating in regular research meetings with scientists and attending surgeons, presenting to clinical and research staff, shadowing surgeons in the operating room, collaborating with residents, fellows, and therapists, in-depth learning of the anatomy and function of the knee joint through cadaveric dissection and biomechanical testing, processing of CT and MRI images, and attending weekly grand rounds of the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service.

Altogether, this research fellowship provides a unique opportunity for an exceptional, highly motivated and technically skilled student to enhance their application for the Orthopedic Residency Match. The internship is at the Hospital for Special Surgery in the Biomechanics Department located at 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY.

We anticipate filling the position by March 2018. To apply, please e-mail your resume and a brief personal statement with the subject heading, “Gap Year Research Fellowship” to Carl Imhauser, PhD, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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