Position Title: Clinical Research Assistant

Duration: 1 year (option for second year)

Where: Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center, Sports Medicine. Chicago, IL.
Start Date: There are 2 on campus start dates; June 14th or July 5th
Salary: A monthly stipend is provided


Dr. Adam Yanke is seeking ambitious medical students (between Third and Fourth Year) who are interested in pursuing a year-long clinical research fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Dr. Yanke works with the renowned Division of Sports Medicine and is also the Assistant Director of the Cartilage Restoration Center at Rush University. Dr. Brian J Cole and Dr. Adam B. Yanke direct the Cartilage Restoration Center. Drs. Cole and Yanke are both leaders in developing innovative biologic methods for addressing early cartilage damage in the knee, shoulder, elbow, foot, ankle and hip. This unique position will allow the research assistant to work closely with residents, fellows, and faculty at Rush. The research assistant will also have extensive opportunities for publication and presentation of research at various conferences.

Prerequisites for the position include:

  • - Ability to start on campus on either one of the 2 start dates
  • - Completion of research training program at Rush during first 2 weeks of fellowship
  • - Passing of research training competency prior to participating in research activities
  • - Strong motivation for a career in orthopaedic surgery
  • - Evident interest in research
  • - Strong academic record
  • - MUST be extremely organized and detail oriented
  • - MUST have strong communication skills
  • - MUST be able to self-manage and work independently
  • - MUST be able to work efficiently with clinical staff
  • - Experience with statistical analysis or coding is a plus

The research assistant will work very closely with the Clinical Research Management team and research coordinators for the other sports medicine attendings.

Fellowship responsibilities include:

  • - Coordination of all of the principal investigator’s research projects including both clinical and basic science studies with guidance from the Clinical Management team
  • - Submission of protocols and updates to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) with guidance from the Clinical Research Management team
  • - Consenting patients for studies (paper and eConsent) and performing research study related pre-operative physical exams
  • - Follow good clinical practice for informed consent and inclusion/ exclusion research criterion
  • - Entry of forms in process note in the REDCap document
  • - Data entry into EMR platforms and upload research procedure documents to electronic platforms
  • - Collection of intra-operative data as well as following up with patients in clinic and/or by phone
  • - Collection and processing of patient samples
  • - Dissection/testing of cadaveric specimens for research purposes
  • - Statistical analysis of data working with attendings
  • - Drafting/editing of sports medicine/orthopaedic surgery manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters   with guidance from the Clinical Management team
  • - Presenting research updates at weekly meetings with the Sports Medicine attendings
  • - Grant writing with guidance from the Clinical Management team

Benefits of the position:

  • - The fellow should expect to have 10-20 papers/abstracts/chapters accepted or already in publication by the end of the research year
  • - Enhance competitiveness for a position in orthopaedic surgery residency. Previous research fellows have frequently matched at their preferred residencies.
  • - Opportunities to collaborate with Sports Medicine fellows, residents, and other Sports Medicine attendings at Rush
  • - Opportunities to observe surgical procedures and master physical exam orthopaedic assessments
  • - Opportunities to attend Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, Sports Conferences, Journal Clubs, and Cadaver Labs
  • - Opportunities to present research at national orthopaedic surgery conferences
  • - Dr. Yanke fully expects his research fellows to match into Orthopaedic Surgery at one of their preferred residency programs and will help the candidate throughout 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.)

  • A brief cover letter detailing your interest
  1. CV with USMLE Step 1 score (and Step 2 scores, if available)
  2. Preferred start date for the position (June 14 or July 5). There will be only 2 starting 2021 cohorts
  3. There is a mandatory onboarding training (virtual and in person) June 14-June 25 for all starting CRAs
  4. Applicants will be contacted for a phone/video interview after their complete application is received.

Thank you for your interest in this position. The application deadline is January 18, 2021. Applicants will be contacted for a phone/video interview shortly thereafter. Thank you for your interest in this position

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