Position Title: Orthopaedic Research Fellow
Duration: 1 year
Where: Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center and affiliated hospitals, Toledo, OH, 43608
When: Summer 2021 – Summer 2022
Salary: Biweekly stipend, potential annual bonuses for publications and presentations

Mercy Health - St. Vincent Medical Center invites ambitious individuals, including third- and fourth-year medical students, matriculated medical students, and those in previous research positions with an interest in orthopaedic surgery to apply for a paid one-year clinical research fellowship starting Summer 2021.

Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center is dedicated to providing excellent care for patients and top-tier education for its orthopaedic surgery residents. Those trained at St. Vincent’s embody a strong work ethic, develop a vast knowledge base, receive extensive exposure to orthopaedic pathology, and cultivate a myriad of technical skills. We hope to further advance patient care through research and contributions to the academic community. As the orthopaedic research fellow, you would work closely with residents and faculty in an effort to advance these goals. Research fellows would have the freedom to work with attendings whose interests align with their own, and work with a diverse group of orthopaedic surgeon subspecialists. Applicants are required to have a very strong work ethic, excellent organization skills, as well as immense self-discipline and self-motivation. A strong interest in pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery is also necessary. Those with previous publications in medical literature, or experience in roles related to research coordination would be preferred, although these are not pre-requisites. Strong interpersonal skills and effective communication is imperative to working with the multitude of personnel encountered in this position, including: medical students, research staff, as well as orthopaedic residents and attending physicians. This position also requires travel to satellite hospitals and clinics.

The ambitions of accepted research fellows will be fostered through opportunities to strengthen their application for residency, expose the fellow to clinical orthopedics and orthopaedic surgery, teach research skills that will be invaluable in for their career in medicine, and possibly even foster technical skills (DO/MD applicants only). The research fellow will have the opportunity to pursue their own research ideas, as well as help fulfill and complete ongoing projects. Responsibilities will generally include developing research questions, reviewing relevant literature, designing new studies, receiving institutional approval for projects, collecting data and managing databases, completing statistical analysis of compiled data, writing manuscripts, preparing presentations for conferences, and traveling to present accepted work. The research fellow will work very closely with residents and is expected to demonstrate a similar work ethic that is exhibited by all attendings and surgical residents in the program.

Research Duties:

  • -  Develop research ideas, review literature, and design studies.
  • -  Write and prepare manuscripts, posters, and presentations.
  • -  Coordinate and conduct regular research meetings with a variety of faculty and residents
  • -  Delegate and coordinate with medical students who have an interest in orthopaedic surgery
  • -  Educate and enroll patients in research studies (may involve calling patients)
  • -  Work with hospital research coordinators and IRB staff to receive project approval
  • -  Collect, organize and analyze collected clinical data (databases: Excel, Patient IQ, etc.)
  • -  Utilize Microsoft word, excel, and reference managers efficiently.
  • -  Applicants require their own mode of transportation to travel between offices.


Application Process:

  • -  Interested applicants should submit a short application to the orthopaedic surgery program director, Richard Miller (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and cc the research fellow liaison, Fortunato Padua (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), with the following: 
  • -  Statement of interest (limit to one paragraph, 250 words or less)
  • -  CV (include USMLE/COMLEX 1 and 2 scores)
  • -  Subject line reading: Orthopaedic Research Fellowship Application - [Full Name]

Any questions regarding the position can be directed to our orthopaedic research fellow liaison, Fortunato Padua, at the above listed email address.

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