The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Children’s Mercy Hospital is offering a one-year, paid research position designed for medical students or unmatched Orthopedic Surgery applicants. This program will give applicants the opportunity to work directly with faculty members to gain practical research experience and aid in building foundational skills to become a successful clinician researcher. The research assistant will gain exposure in pediatric orthopedics through their work with faculty mentors, fellows, and residents, as well as guidance in preparing for Orthopedic Surgery residency applications. This position allows research assistants to work directly with orthopedic faculty at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program.

Research Fellow Experience
Networking opportunities with orthopedic surgery residents, fellows, and attending surgeons at Children’s Mercy Kansas City and UMKC Orthopedic Surgery Residency
• Direct mentorship through orthopedic faculty
• Gain research experience through lead authorship and co-authorship opportunities
• Present research at regional and national orthopedic conferences
• Participate in departmental education including lecture series, didactic teaching sessions, and Grand Rounds at Children’s Mercy and UMKC Orthopedic Surgery Residency

Please visit Student Research Assistant in Kansas City, Missouri | Careers at Adele Hall ( on the Children’s Mercy website to apply.
Please include:
1. CV
2. PDF of your ERAS application if you are unmatched
3. Your MSPE letter if available.
4. Your Step 1 and 2 scores
5. A letter of interest
6. 1-2 letters of recommendation (optional but preferred).

Application Submission Deadline:
11:59pm CT on March 14, 2023.
Interviews will be offered March 15th and interviews will be held March 16th, 2023.

Please email our current research fellow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

About Children’s Mercy Kansas City & The Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Children’s Mercy Kansas City is recognized for its pioneering work in pediatric orthopedic patient care, education, and basic and clinical research. The Hospital and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery have been consistently ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The Department of Orthopedic Surgery, led by Norman Otsuka MD, is comprised of 14 surgeons, 1 non-surgical orthopedist, 4 sports medicine physicians, and 23 advanced practice providers. Two ACGME fellowship programs in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery and Pediatric Sports Medicine, as well as robust orthopedic surgery residency programs are foundational to the Department’s commitment to education and training. The Orthopedic Surgery research program is robust, with access to research coordinators, data entry specialists, and summer scholars, as well as the Children’s Mercy Research Institute.

At Children’s Mercy, we are committed to ensuring that everyone feels welcomed within our walls. A successful candidate for this position will join us as we strive to create a workplace that reflects the community we serve, as well as our core values of kindness, curiosity, inclusion, team, and integrity. Additionally, it’s important to us that we remain transparent with all potential job candidates. Because we value the safety of the patients and families we serve, as well as the Children’s Mercy staff, we want to let you know that the seasonal influenza and COVID-19 vaccines are a condition of employment for all employees in our organization. New employees must be willing to be vaccinated if found non-immune to measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and chicken pox (varicella) and/or without evidence of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination since 2005. If you become a finalist for this position, and have any concerns about receiving these vaccines, medical and/or religious exemptions can be further discussed with Human Resources

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