Sports Medicine Research Scholar Program in Orthopaedic Surgery

Position Title: Clinical Research Scholar

# of Positions: 1

Duration: 2023-2024 Academic Year

Affiliated Institutions: Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine

The Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Division at Washington University is inviting interested US applicants to submit an application for a clinical research fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. This fellowship provides a unique opportunity to work with four fellowship-trained Orthopaedic sports medicine surgeons (Drs. Matthew Matava, Robert Brophy, Matthew Smith, Derrick Knapik) who are looking for a motivated student to participate in prospective and retrospective studies, surgical technique videos as well as systematic reviews and meta-analyses as a means of furthering their interest and knowledge in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. Clinical scholars will work closely with all four surgeons, as well as residents and fellows, while having the opportunity to integrate their experience in the clinical setting. The position also allows and encourages clinical scholars to formulate their own research ideas and designs.

Responsibilities of the clinical scholar include participating in and managing multiple active investigations, initiation, submission and maintenance of IRBs with the help of an IRB specialist, as well as preparation and completion of multiple manuscripts and submission to local, national and international conferences. Prior research participation, writing and statistical expertise is preferred but not required. Clinical scholars can be expected to publish multiple manuscripts, while also attending and presenting at national meetings. The Sports division will also aid applicants in making strong connections to help aid and strengthen a student’s application for Orthopaedic surgery residency. Additional benefits include 3 weeks of vacation, funding for travel to the annual AAOS meeting and support to present accepted research at meetings.


  • US Medical students between 3rd and 4th Years
  • US Medical school graduates
  • Visa support is not available for this program

Stipends and Benefits:

Clinical scholar will receive an annual living stipend of $26,660/@2,221.67/month. No additional benefits are provided.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by sending their CV and a letter of interest (300 words or less) to Dr. Derrick Knapik (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Kelly Thies (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. The anticipated start date is June/July 2023 and can be amended based on the requirement/preferences of the Scholar.