The Patty and Jay Baker Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Program at HSS invites third and fourth-year medical students or medical school graduates to apply for a Research Fellowship in clinical research. A one-year minimum commitment is required.

The Research Fellow will be an integral member of the research team in compliance with all regulatory, institutional, and departmental requirements; participate in all aspects of research management and quality assurance of data for a specific project(s) as assigned, ensuring efficient operations; be responsible for data management activities associated with clinical research; and perform data collection, data entry, statistical analysis and manuscript writing. 

Position Title: Research Fellow
Number of Positions Available: 2
Duration: 1 or 2 year commitment required
Location: Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY 
Expected Start Date: May/June 2020 
Salary: Opportunity for stipends are available



Clinical and Regulatory responsibilities:

  1. Oversees and conducts the informed consent process for studies
  2. Performs data collection including clinical data from EMR, patient-reported outcomes, radiographic measurements, etc.
  3. Ensures accuracy of data for all studies
  4. Manages and executes IRB submissions and correspondence
  5. Scientific writing including statistical analysis and preparing abstracts and manuscripts 
  6. Provide overall administrative support for clinical research activities and academic commitments of Dr. Qureshi’s including but not limited to: academic presentations, conferences, and editorial commitments.
  7. Collaborates with the research team, departmental research manager, senior research coordinator and research administration, as needed, to ensure that research subjects are treated in accordance with all mandated requirements.  
  8. Assists with collection of patient reported outcomes
  9. Maintains and enhances professional growth through participation in seminars, professional affiliations, and internal training sessions to keep abreast of trends in the field of research data management. Attends departmental meeting and grand rounds as well as internal training sessions. 

The successful applicant for the position of Research Fellow must be a team player, and be highly motivated and organized, while performing a variety of different tasks essential to the research study. He or she will be flexible, as the job description may evolve as studies progress. The applicant must be able to multitask and prioritize research projects. The Research Fellow will have access to the medical records of patients, and should appreciate this privilege, and maintain strict confidentiality with all patient medical data. A qualified candidate will have the ability to communicate in an effective manner with management, clinical staff, external sponsors and patients at HSS. The candidate must also have good interpersonal skills, as he or she will interface directly with patients and medical staff on a routine basis. The applicant must be available on site at the hospital during patient visits.

Our past Research Fellows have written, presented and published abstracts and papers for multiple journals and orthopaedic meetings. Furthermore, we are proud to announce that our past Research Fellows have sucessfully matched to an orthopaedic or surgical residency.



Education/Training: Medical Degree or currently in their 3rd or 4th year of medical school


  1. Strong scholastic performance
  2. Good oral and written communication skills
  3. Independent, organized and efficient worker
  4. Works well in a team
  5. Experience with scientific writing and statistical analysis
  6. Knowledge of Orthopaedic and/or Surgery terminology

Preferred Skills: 

  1. Previous research experience
  2. Experience with creating and managing large databases

Computer literacy: MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Epic, EDC, REDCap



Applicants must email the following documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  1. Formal Cover Letter
  2. Current resume/CV
  3. USMLE board scores (if available)
  4. Two Recommendation Letters
  5. Writing samples of scientific writing (abstracts, manuscripts, protocols, etc.)

The subject line for all emails should specify “Dr. Qureshi’s Research Fellow Application 2020”.

Following a review of application materials, high potential candidates will be invited for a phone interview.