Dr. David Skaggs, Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics, Director of Pediatric Orthopaedics, and the Director of the Spine Center, and Dr. Kenneth Illingworth, Director of Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma, together invite graduate and medical students to submit an application for one of three paid year-long research fellowship positions at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. This will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in orthopaedics and are competitive future candidates for a residency in orthopaedic surgery. Research fellows will have the unique opportunity to work closely with prominent attending surgeons, fellows, and residents at Cedars-Sinai – ranked 3rd in the nation for orthopaedics and 2nd in the nation as a medical center. Project types will include single-institution studies, prospective research trials, biomechanic studies, reviews, national database research, and joint projects with the Pediatric Spine Study Group (PSSG).

2023-2024 Cedars-Sinai Spine Research Fellowship

Title: Clinical Research Associate

Duration: 1 year (can be extended)

Where: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Position: 3

Start Date: May 2023 – June 2023 (negotiable, but recommended).

Salary: Yes, $35,000-$40,000

Responsibilities include:

  • Production of abstracts/posters/presentations/manuscripts
  • Developing research questions and hypotheses
  • Performing comprehensive literature reviews
  • Routine research meetings with Drs. Skaggs and Illingworth, and interface/coordination with other 25+ faculty, fellows, residents, students and permanent research staff
  • Drafting/submitting protocols within the IRB

Benefits of the position:

  • The fellow should expect to have 10-20 publications by the end of the research year
  • Fellows will have the opportunity to be 1st author on all papers that he/she significantly contributes to
  • Enhance competitiveness for a position in orthopaedic surgery residency
  • Opportunities to collaborate with spine fellows, orthopaedic residents, and other attendings at Cedars-Sinai
  • Opportunities to observe surgical procedures and gain clinical experience
  • Opportunities to attend Spine and/or Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, Spine Indication Conferences, and resident education lecture series
  • Opportunities to present research at national orthopaedic surgery and spine conferences
  • Dr. Skaggs fully expects this fellowship will put applicants in a strong position to match into Orthopaedic Surgery and will help mentor the candidate throughout the match process.

Interested applicants should send the following items to Dr. Skaggs at the following email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Email Subject: Research Fellowship – Last Name, First Name

Start Date

A brief cover letter detailing your interest

CV (with USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores, if available)

The application deadline is January 20, 2023; Applicants will be contacted for video interviews on a rolling basis; early applications recommended.

Thank you for your interest in this position.

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