Dr. Brian Forsythe is seeking bright, ambitious medical students who are interested in pursuing a full-time one year clinical research fellowship. Dr. Forsythe works with the renowned Division of Sports Medicine at Rush University, Chicago, IL. This unique position will allow the research fellows to work closely with residents, fellows, and faculty at Rush. Fellows will also have extensive opportunities for publication and presentation of research at national and international conferences. Our team provides the unique opportunity to work for a leader in orthopedic sports medicine, close collaboration with Midwest Orthopaedic at Rush's own biomechanical department, and  a fast-paced clinical research lab determined to produce high quality, novel research.

Fellows per year 2

Position Title: Clinical Research Fellow
Positions: 2
Duration: 1 year
Who: US medical students between M3/M4 interested in Orthopedic Surgery. Only USA students will be considered.
Where: Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center, Division of Sports Medicine, Chicago, IL.
When: Beginning Approx. June 2020
Salary: A monthly stipend is provided

Current Areas of Active Research

  • Return to Sport and Return to Play
    Biological Therapies (BMAC, PRP, amniotic products, etc)
    Patient Reported Outcomes
    Database Studies: Health Claims and National Registry Databases
    Procedure-Specific Outcomes and Complications
    Biomechanical Studies pertaining to the shoulder/knee
    Trends in Surgical Management

Specific Prerequisites and Characteristics We Look For:

  • Strong motivation for a career in orthopaedic surgery, with proven research interest
  • Strong academic record
  • Strong work ethic
  • Organized, detail-oriented, proactive and a self-starter
  • Strong interest in conducting biomechanical studies, coordinating randomized trials and conducting database research
  • Desire to become proficient in data analysis and utilize statistical principles

Benefits of the Position:

  • Expectation to publish 15-25 publications/chapters/abstracts at conclusion of research year
  • Bolstering of competitiveness for a position in an orthopaedic surgery residency
  • Collaboration with Sports Medicine Fellows, residents, and other sports attendings
  • Opportunities to observe surgical procedures
  • Ample opportunities to attend Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, Sports Conferences, Journal Clubs, and Cadaver Labs
  • Opportunities to present research at Orthopaedic Conferences
  • Dr. Forsythe expects all applicants to be able to match into Orthopedic Surgery and will help the candidate during the match process

Interested candidates should send a brief Cover Letter, CV, USMLE step I and/or II scores, and expected starting date to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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