This is a unique opportunity that will allow the candidate to work closely with Dr. Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD, MBA, Dr. Gregory D. Schroeder, MD, Dr. Christopher K. Kepler, MD, MBA, and the rest of the spine attendings at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute.


Dr. Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD, MBA is the Richard H. Rothman Professor and Chairman in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the President of the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute. He has over 830 peer-reviewed publications, 372 book chapters, and is the editor of over 63 textbooks. Dr. Vaccaro is a distinguished, internationally renowned spine surgeon and the current editor-in-chief for Clinical Spine Surgery.

Dr. Vaccaro and the rest of the spine team will help the research fellows in their pursuit of an orthopaedic surgery residency, offering guidance into the application process, tips on how to succeed as a future orthopaedic surgeon, and letters of recommendation to help match into orthopaedics.

The Spine Department at Rothman is one of the most productive spine departments in the country, and applicants can expect to have 10-20 publications within the year, and even more for the highly motivated. This position is ideal for a student hoping to match into an orthopaedic surgery residency position. The attendings in the department are very supportive of the research fellows and will help you in the application process. There are many projects both new and ongoing that the research fellow will help to complete, with first authorship opportunities for any project that you significantly contribute to.

Duties Include:
- Trial design and management of retrospective and prospective studies
- Submission of protocols to the IRB
- Obtaining informed consent
- Data collection and management
- Statistical analysis and data interpretation
- Abstract submission and poster presentations at national conferences
- Manuscript preparation and submission
- Extensive writing/editing of book chapters, narrative reviews, editorials, etc.
- Managing medical students working on projects in the department

Accepted Applicants will also have the chance to:
- Interact with the residents, fellows, and attendings throughout the course of the year on a variety of projects
- Attend Grand Rounds
- Shadow in clinic and the OR

Desired Characteristics of Applicants include:
- Motivation to match into orthopaedics
- Enthusiasm to learn and become familiar with all aspects of clinical research
- Having demonstrated prior research experience, preferably in a surgical subspecialty
- Commitment to sustaining the high level of productivity within the department
- Detail oriented and open to learning a variety of new skills
- Interests/hobbies outside the field of medicine

Interested candidates should send the following:
- Cover letter/letter of interest
- CV
- USMLE board scores (Step 1, and Step 2 if taken)
- Headshot

Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis, so everyone is encouraged to apply as soon as they can.


Please send the aforementioned application materials to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to hearing from you.



Stephen DiMaria

Spine Research Fellow
Rothman Orthopaedic Institute


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