Where: West Palm Beach, FL

Salary: Unpaid

Date: April/May 2023 – June 2024

The JFK/UMiami Department of Orthopaedics is seeking an ambitious and outstanding third- or fourth-year medical student to apply for a one-year clinical research fellowship position starting spring of 2023. The position will be given to a medical student who demonstrates strong interest and passion for orthopaedics and is a competitive applicant for orthopaedic surgery residency. Atlantis Orthopaedics-JFK Hospital is a robust and rapidly expanding entity. Ranked in the top tier for orthopaedics both nationally and regionally, it boasts a team of the most qualified and in-demand academic surgeons and access to the most cutting-edge treatment options and research.

The fellows will work directly with Dr. Mamun Al-Rashid, a leading hip and knee surgeon who has mentored numerous medical students pursuing orthopaedic surgery residency. Dr. Al-Rashid’s contributions to the peer reviewed literature with over 10 publications demonstrates his continued commitment to excellence in clinical and biomechanical research specifically in the areas of hip and knee arthroplasty, arthroscopy, and pain management. 

Research Fellow (RF) applicants should expect to commit to a minimum of 1 year with the program, during which time they will work collaboratively with attending physicians, medical students and other clinic staff to advance the objectives of the department through the development and implementation of research projects which correspond to five primary areas of interest: Biologic fixation, Nutrition, Kinematic vs Mechanical alignment, Innovation, and Patient Outcomes. Primary responsibility and coordination will be for sponsored clinical studies, outcome registry, and investigational device exemptions (IDEs). You are also responsible for leadership of research team and manuscript development. Any study-related activities (consenting/interviewing patients, data collection, etc.) for sponsored and investigator-initiated studies. Also, you will be responsible for drafting/submitting/updating research grants as well as protocols to the IRB. RFs will also attend weekly team meetings and participate in other relevant activities such as departmental meetings, grand rounds, journal club, skills workshops, cadaver labs, or trainings. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to work with residents of the orthopaedic department, observe surgical procedures, shadow in the orthopaedic clinic, and work with other research fellows within the department. Lastly, you may be responsible for mentoring and overseeing first-year medical student summer research projects, and presenting at local, regional, and national conferences.

Prerequisites for the position include:

  • Strong motivation for a career in Orthopaedic surgery 
  • Ability to self-manage and work independently
  • Ability to multitask while being extremely organized and detail oriented 
  • Evident interest in research and a strong academic record
  • Must be able to work efficiently with clinical staff and multidisciplinary team
  • Experience with statistical analysis and/or writing is highly recommended (e.g., SPSS, STATA, R) 

This is a full-time position. Note that funding is unavailable at the moment, but opportunities may become available in the future to receive funding through industry support. Regardless, this opportunity will enhance any future orthopaedic applicant’s competitiveness to secure a position in a residency program and also provide the candidate with mentorship with a diverse group of attendings. A minimum of 5 papers should be achieved during the research year with a potential of up to 15 if the student is extremely committed. Dr. Al Rashid fully expects his research fellow to match into Orthopaedic Surgery and will help the candidate throughout the match process.

At the end of your tenure as a Visiting Research Fellow, you should expect to:

  • Attain five or more authorships in peer-reviewed publications
  • Submit and present abstracts for presentation (podium/poster) for at least two professional conferences
  • Letters of recommendation (performance-based)

Interested candidates should send the following to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Be sure to also CC the research fellows in the department: Carlos Fernandez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Clyde Fomunung (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Subject: Research Fellowship (2023-2024) – Last name, First Name

- CV (with USMLE step I and/or II scores)
- Headshot
- Possible start dates
- Cover letter indicating interest in the position

- 1 Letter of recommendation from an orthopedic surgeon

Please note our program is unable to offer any visa sponsorship at this time. Please only apply for this position if you are already able to be in and work in the United States without requiring sponsorship.

The application deadline is March 19, 2023. Applicants will be contacted for a video interview shortly thereafter. 

Thank you for your interest in this position.

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