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Dr Simon Lee, orthopedic surgeon and fellowship trained Foot and Ankle specialist, is seeking an ambitious medical student interested in coordinating an ongoing IRB approved randomized, prospective clinical trial at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. The study is evaluating the effect of topical chylobinoid cream for pain control in hallux disorders. This unique position allows the research coordinator to work closely with attendings, fellows, residents, and faculty at Rush, gaining valuable exposure to Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle surgery. This part time position which includes consenting and enrolling patients, data upkeep, and manuscript writing, with the potential for authorship on the published RCT.  

Position Title: Clinical Research Assistant

Duration: Part time position, throughout duration of the study

Location: Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago IL

Start Date: As soon as available

Salary: $200 weekly

Prerequisites for the position include:

- MUST be a medical student who will have successfully completed their 2nd year of medical school prior to starting

- Ability to start on campus within 2 months

- Strong motivation for a career in Orthopaedic surgery

- Evident interest in research and strong academic record

- Must be organized and detail oriented with strong communication skills

- Must be able to self-manage and work independently

- Must be able to work efficiently with clinical staff and multidisciplinary teams

Research responsibilities include:

- Coordination of ongoing prospective randomized clinical trial looking at the effect of topical chylobinoid cream for hallux disorders.

- Consenting patients for studies, follow-up with patients in clinic or by phone, and administration of research study pre-operative and post-operative forms and exams

- Data entry into EMR platforms and uploading of research documents to electronic platforms

- Enrolling patients into the research database and maintaining weekly lists of surgical research cases

- Drafting/editing/production of Orthopaedic manuscript

- Interface and coordination of projects with attendings, fellows, residents, and other research personnel

Benefits of the position:

- The research assistant should expect to have a published prospective RCT by the time he/she applies to residency

- Enhance competitiveness for a position in Orthopaedic surgery residency

- Opportunities to collaborate with Foot and Ankle attendings, fellows, residents, and other research personnel

- Opportunities to observe surgical procedures and master physical exam Orthopaedic assessments

Interested applicants should send an email with the following items to: Dr Bailey Terhune at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1. A brief cover letter detailing your background, interest in the position, and available start date

2. CV with USMLE Step 1 score (and Step 2 scores, if available)

The application deadline is Jan 1, 2021. Applicants will be contacted for a phone/video interview shortly thereafter. Thank you for your interest in this position.