Position: Orthopaedic Surgery Research Assistant

Salary: An hourly wage will be provided

Where: Henry Ford Health, Detroit, MI

When: Ideal start date in April/May 2023

We are seeking ambitious medical students to apply for a one- to two-year paid research fellowship in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. This is a full-time research fellowship that will provide highly-motivated applicants with significant opportunity for publication, implementation and design of new research projects, networking, and shadowing. This is a tremendous opportunity for students taking a gap year to strengthen their applications to medical school or residency.

Research will primarily focus on outcome collection for surgical patients in the following divisions: hand, joints, shoulder and elbow, sports medicine, and trauma. Research assistants will work under the direction of a Henry Ford Health senior staff physician in their respective division.


  • -Lead a research team of medical students
  • -Oversee all ongoing projects (collecting data, getting updates, assigning project leads)
  • -Schedule research meetings with the Principle Investigator (PI) and research team members
  • -Lead research group meetings and edit the ledger with updates from the team
  • -Manage clinic schedules and shadowing for medical students
  • -Work closely alongside the PI and handle academic/research administrative responsibilities
  • -Organize and distribute surveys and questionnaires for pre- and post-operative patients
  • -Monitor IRB approval periods and submit IRB protocols, amendments, and reports
  • -Write and submit manuscripts to orthopaedic journals (including target journals JBJS, JHS, CORR, and Arthroscopy)
  • -Manage abstract submission and conference registration deadlines



  • -Strong academic record
  • -Strong motivation for a career in orthopaedic surgery and demonstrated interest in research
  • -Extremely organized, detail-oriented, and able to self-manage


Benefits of the Position:

  • -Authorship on all papers significantly contributed to
  • -Ample opportunities to enhance CV for medical school/residency program applications
  • -Opportunities to observe surgical procedures (project permitting)
  • -Ability to attend resident education lectures and grand rounds
  • -Opportunities to present research at orthopaedic conferences


How to Apply:

Send a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and motivation for pursuing a research fellowship, CV, transcripts, and available start date to the Research Coordinator, Samantha Hartner, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please mention “Orthopaedic Research Assistant Application” in the subject line, and indicate which orthopaedic division(s) you are most interested in. The application deadline is March 1, 2023.

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