Position Title: Clinical Research Assistant (RA) Fellowships
Duration: 1 year (option for second year)
Where: Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center, Sports Medicine. Chicago, IL.

Who: US medical students between M3/M4 interested in Orthopedic Surgery. Only USA students will be considered (we are unable to support visa requirements).
Start Date: June 14th 2022 (Please do not apply to these positions if you cannot start on June 14th)
Salary: A monthly stipend is provided

The Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeons of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR) Chicago, Illinois are seeking bright, ambitious medical students who are interested in pursuing full-time one-year clinical research assistant fellowships (RAs). The attending physicians listed below, encourage independent researchers who will learn to propose, design, and publish their own projects. As an RA, you will also work closely in the clinic with prominent orthopaedic attending surgeons, residents, fellows, medical students and faculty.

The Sports Medicine attendings and their specialties include:

Dr. Adam Yanke – Cartilage, Shoulder, and Knee


Dr. Brian J. Cole – Cartilage, Shoulder, Elbow, and Knee


Dr Shane Nho-Hip


Dr. Jorge Chahla – Hip and Knee


Dr. Nikhil Verma – Cartilage, Shoulder, Elbow, and Knee


Dr. Brian Forsythe – Shoulder and Knee


Dr. Grant E. Garrigues – Shoulder and Elbow


Dr. Gregory Nicholson – Shoulder and Elbow


Current Areas of Active Research:

  • Return to Sport and Return to Play
  • Biological Therapies (BMAC, PRP, amniotic products, etc.)
  • Scaffolds and Implants
  • Patient Reported Outcomes
  • Database Studies: Health Claims and National Registry Databases
  • Procedure-Specific Outcomes and Complications
  • Biomechanical Studies pertaining to the shoulder/knee
  • Trends in Surgical Management
  • Neurosensory feedback for Sports Performance and Rehabilitation
  • Machine Learning Models for Predicting Surgical Outcomes
  • Video-Based Surgical Technique Papers

Specific Prerequisites and Characteristics of a Successful Future Research Fellow:

  • Organized, detail-oriented, proactive and a self-starter
    • This research position places you as the research coordinator for a busy research group. In this position, you will be expected to manage all ongoing clinical side of research projects and manage the research process in the clinic. The permanent research staff will handle the regulatory side of the research, communication with the IRB, study budget and financials.
    • The attending physicians encourage RAs to propose ideas and design their own projects. A major goal of this fellowship is to help students become more independent researchers who are in-tune to the major issues facing orthopedic surgeons today.
  • Strong motivation for a career in orthopaedic surgery, with proven research interest
  • Strong academic record
  • Strong work ethic
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Strong interest in conducting biomechanical studies, coordinating randomized clinical trials, and conducting database research
  • Desire to become proficient in data analysis and utilize statistical principles
    • A coding background in R is not required, but will be invaluable in executing research methodology
    • All research fellows are expected/encouraged to learn how to conduct statistical analyses
  • Desire to learn basic video-editing skills

Benefits of the Position:

  • Expectation to publish 15-25 publications/chapters/abstracts at conclusion of research year
  • Bolstering competitiveness for a position in an orthopaedic surgery residency
  • Collaboration with Sports Medicine Fellows, Residents, and other sports Attendings
  • Opportunities to observe surgical procedures
  • Ample opportunities to attend Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, Sports Conferences, Journal Clubs, and Cadaver Labs
  • Opportunities to present research at Orthopaedic Conferences
  • The attending physicians expect that all applicants to be able to match into Orthopedic Surgery and will help the candidate during the match process.

Interested applicants should send the following items to the Clinical Research Manager for Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Carla Edwards, PhD, MPH (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

  1. Send a brief Cover Letter, CV, USMLE Step I and/or II scores,
  2. Please include in your cover letter, rank your top five attendings you would like to work with from the list above.

The application deadline is March 1, 2022. Applicants will be contacted for a phone/video interview shortly thereafter.

Thank you for your interest in these positions!

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