The North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic (NCOC) at Duke University, Foot and Ankle and Upper Extremity Surgery faculty invites medical students between their third and fourth years along with graduated medical students to apply for a one-year clinical research fellowship, starting in July of 2020. 



This position will provide a great opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and will allow the applicant to enhance his or her chances at matching into an orthopaedic surgery residency the following cycle. The research fellow will be working directly with Dr. Selene G. Parekh, MD MBA, Co-Chief of the Foot and Ankle Division and Dr. Christopher Klifto, Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery. Research projects will be varied across the spectrum of orthopaedics, ranging from foot and ankle and hand surgery, trauma, sports medicine, and innovative technology such as 3D printing. Along with research duties, this fellowship also offers the researcher ample time in the Operating Room and outpatient clinic. 


The researcher must be very independent, driven and resourceful. This position requires the ability to travel between satellite hospitals and campuses. As the fellow will be responsible for balancing many different projects simultaneously and communicating effectively with attendings, fellows, residents, and administrative staff, it is essential that interested applicants possess exceptional organizational skills and communication skills. 


Our goal is to help the research fellow strengthen his or her application for orthopaedic surgery residency, expose the researcher to all facets of academic orthopaedics, and provide tools that will be essential to the fellow throughout their research career as an orthopaedic surgeon. The fellowship duties include reviewing literature, designing studies and gathering data, creating and analyzing databases, writing manuscripts for publication in journals, and submitting abstracts and preparing presentations for regional and national conferences. Previous research fellows have had highly productive research years, publishing and submitting multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals (over 25 manuscripts over the course of one year) with many more abstracts submitted to conferences, at which they have presented. The researcher will also have the opportunity to go to Grand Rounds and meet with faculty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, as well as participate in monthly journal club meetings with residents and fellows at Duke. Finally, as Dr. Parekh is also adjunct faculty at Duke’s Fuqua Business School, the research fellow has the unique chance to partake in regularly held “Business in Medicine” meetings, where Drs. Parekh and Klifto mentor students, residents and fellows on navigating the financial and industrial side of their orthopaedic surgery careers. 



This position is unpaid.


How to Apply: 

Interested applicants should submit their applications between June 8th  and June 30th , 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Eligible candidates must send their CV, Step 1 and Step 2 scores (if they have taken it), two letters of recommendation and a personal statement VIDEO no more than 90 seconds long. Please e-mail all materials together, directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the heading “Extremity Research Fellowship 2020-2021.” 


Applicants will be notified of any interviews via phone call or Zoom after their applications have been processed.