(Position Filled) Flexible MD Student (Research Specialist) - UMN Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

*This position has been filled*


This position is designed for a medical school student in good academic standing, with an interest in pursuing an orthopaedic specialty or a career in academic medicine and clinical research with a particular interest in spine surgery. This position will participate in a gap year program facilitated by their training institution (MD or DO), and applicants must meet eligibility criteria for their institution’s program.

Preferred Qualifications:
Some experience with orthopaedic and spine care concepts is preferred along with the ability to learn and understand radiographic image measurements to collect data. Experience with anatomical and /or surgical dissection techniques, with a strong understanding of anatomy, in particular musculoskeletal anatomy is preferred. In addition, the preferred candidate would have skills and experiences in scientific writing, the ability to support the development and execution of clinical and/or biomechanical study protocols, including an understanding of statistical analysis and publication of scientific research results.


  • This position will provide great experience in a productive research environment. Knowledge gained will include:
  • Learn the research process at a large institution from experienced spine researchers;
  • Gain experience in in the surgical suite during spine surgeries;
  • Organize and participate in the development of scientific manuscripts, which could lead to authorship credits.

The position includes managing broad aspects of data collection in the surgical suite for spine research projects; assisting in statistical analyses and manuscript writing; and performing miscellaneous support of other ongoing projects for Dr. David Polly and the orthopaedic spine surgery staff at M Health Fairview University and Riverside Hospitals.

To apply: https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/331030

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Paull at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 612-626-9786.


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