2020-21 Gap Year, Orthopedic Sports Medicine Research Opportunity in ACL Biomechanics, Hospital for Special Surgery

A research opportunity working with the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Biomechanics Research Team at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is available for the 2020-21 academic year. The student 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 Service at HSS including Drs. Thomas Wickiewicz, Andrew Pearle, and Danyal Nawabi, and Scientists within the Biomechanics Department including Carl Imhauser, PhD.

Daily activities will include dissection, anatomical characterization, 3D imaging (via CT and MRI), and biomechanical testing of cadaveric knees. The opportunity will also entail clinical assessment of patients pre- and post-ACL surgery using a novel measurement instrument to quantify knee stability. Data collection, analysis, and synthesis are major aspects of all projects.

The position requires exceptional interpersonal skills, especially the ability to communicate across a broad spectrum of individuals including surgeons, radiologists, patients, engineers, therapists, and statisticians. Outstanding analytical ability and demonstrated experience using mathematical computing software (e.g., MATLAB) for data analysis and visualization is necessary. Excellent writing ability focused on IRB applications and manuscripts is also expected.

Applicants interested in pursuing a career in Orthopedics with at least a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics, Statistics, Mathematics, or Computer Science will be exclusively considered for the position. Applicants must be currently enrolled in medical school and be able to devote a gap year to research or must have completed medical school and are pursuing a research gap year.

The student will gain basic and clinical research experience through patient interaction, participation in regular research meetings, presentation to clinical and research staff, shadowing surgeons in the operating room, collaborating with residents, fellows, and therapists on research projects, practicing surgical skills and reviewing relevant anatomy through cadaveric dissection and biomechanical testing, and attending weekly grand rounds of the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service.

This research opportunity provides an annual stipend of $20k. Altogether, it presents a unique opportunity for a highly-motivated and technically-skilled medical student to enhance their application for the Orthopedic Residency Match. The position is in the Biomechanics Department within the Hospital for Special Surgery at 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY.

We anticipate filling the position by March 2020.  Please submit resumes with cover letter 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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