***Position has been filled***


Dr. Craig Della Valle and Dr. Denis Nam are seeking 3rd year medical students to apply for a Clinical Research Fellowship in Joint Reconstruction at Rush University Medical Center. This annual fellowship is awarded to a rising fourth-year medical student who has demonstrated interest in orthopedics and is a competitive future candidate for a residency in orthopedic surgery. This invaluable opportunity allows for a student to work closely with residents, fellows and other faculty at Rush. 

Position Title: Clinical Research Fellow                                     

Positions available: 1   (combined fellowship w/ Dr. Della Valle & Dr Nam)

Duration: 1 year

Where: Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush & Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

When: Beginning approx June 2019                                       

Salary: $36,000 with full health benefits


Responsibilities of the research assistant include:                                 

  1. Enrolling patients in prospective clinical trials and keeping highly oragnized data collections.
  2. Attending surgery days and collecting intra-operative data on a weekly basis
  3. Tracking study patients and collecting post-operative follow up data during clinic.                                                                                             
  4. Working and improving skills with drafting/writing IRB proposals, writing research procotols and assisting in the writing of Joint Reconstruction abstracts, book chapters and potential podium talks.     
  5. Attending weekly lectures and conferences with Rush orthopedic residents faculty.                                                                                   

Benefits of this position include working closely with world-renowned joint replacement surgeons on a daily basis, allowing ample opportunity for education and mentorship. The ability to substantially increase publications/chapters and abstracts by the end of the research year. Observing complex adult reconstruction surgeries along with participating in ground-breaking research. In addition to weekly meetings, there are plenty of opportunities to attend annual meetings/conferences around the United States.

Interested candidates should send a brief Cover Letter, CV, USMLE step 1 exam score, and expected starting date to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is a rolling application deadline that will officially end on Match Day, March 15, 2019, or sooner if the position has been filled. Applicants will be contacted for a phone/video interview shortly after submission of necessary application items. You can contact the research department for Dr. Della Valle and Dr. Nam at (312)432-2468 for any questions.

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