The Division of Adult Reconstruction of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University invites all third year medical students, fourth year medical students who did not match, medical school graduates, and foreign medical graduates to apply for a clinical research assistant position.

Program Description

Although typically a 2 year position, we are offering a 1 year salaried position that will begin in July 2019 (dates are flexible). This research assistant position provides a great opportunity to work with distinguished faculty in the field of adult reconstructive surgery. The short term goal is to improve the chances of the applicant matching into an Orthopedic residency and getting the fundamental knowledge of latest research techniques while the long-term goal is to develop skill sets to become a clinician-scientist. At completion of this position, the researcher is expected to have the knowledge of all aspects of conducting a clinical study from formulating a hypothesis, collecting and analyzing data to writing manuscripts and presenting their research.

The experience involves assisting in the study design, gathering and analyzing data, preparing reports, posters, and oral presentations, as well as preparing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. There is an opportunity of attending and participating in oral and posters presentations at regional, and national meetings. Previous researchers have published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals and have presented at Regional (Maryland Orthopedics Association Meeting) and National conferences (AAOS meeting).  The researcher will also have the opportunity to attend regular research meetings, and gain exposure to Hopkins and visiting faculty members during Grand Rounds.

This position may provide the opportunity to participate in a one-week surgical mission trip. Several members of the Orthopaedic Surgery Department at Johns Hopkins are involved with Operation Walk Maryland. This is an organization that provides hip and knee replacements to patients in developing countries. Previous research assistants have participated in these missions by conducting research projects and assisting in the operating room.

This research opportunity is with the Department of Orthopedics Surgery in the Division of Adult Reconstruction, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. According to US News and World Report, the Johns Hopkins Medical School is ranked #2 in research and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins is ranked #10 nationally. The Adult Reconstruction Division is growing its research infrastructure, and this position will provide an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual. Research will be primarily clinical in hip and knee replacement surgery as well as with systematic program development. There will be opportunities to collaborate with the Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering department and work with our biomechanics lab.

Job Responsibilities:

-Assist in the development and conduct of research protocols regarding retrospective and prospective studies with respect to total joint arthroplasty.

-Prepare and submit projects to IRBs for necessary approval

-Prepare manuscripts, textbook chapters, posters, presentations, and educational videos.

-Participate in research meetings, seminars, journal clubs, symposia, and professional society meetings.

-Assist in informed consent process and/or complete informed consent process as necessary for assigned studies.

-Complete data entry of compiled data and extract abstracts data from medical records.

-Facilitate patient interaction to assist in the conduct of research protocols.

-Administer various research surveys in accordance with research study requirements.

-Provide research study education to participants as part of a study protocol.

Educational Qualifications

United States, Foreign Medical Graduates and medical students interested in basic science and clinical research in total joint arthroplasty.

Visa requirements:

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine does not sponsor working visas.


Researchers are selected on the basis of work ethic, prior clinical research experience, and a keen interest in Orthopedic surgery. The research fellow will report directly to Dr. Khanuja, Chief of Adult Reconstruction, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and work closely with Dr. Lynne Jones of the research division.

Please send your application materials (CV, Personal Statement, USMLE Board scores, and at least 2 Letters of Recommendation) to Dr. Khanuja at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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