Dr. Howard An and Dr. Dino Samartzis invite a rising 3 rd or 4 th year medical student to apply for a year-long clinical spine research fellowship at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. This position will be awarded to a medical student who demonstrates a strong interest in orthopaedics and is a competitive future candidate for a residency in orthopaedic surgery. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at RUSH is ranked in the top 5 of all orthopaedic programs in the USA. Spine research enjoys a long legacy at RUSH and is considered a global leader in the field.

As the research fellow, duties will include:

-Assist in developing research protocols and coordinate multiple studies

-Drafting and submitting IRB proposals

-Assist in submission of grant proposals

-Interacting with and recruiting patients in clinic

-Liaising with medical students, residents, fellows and faculty

-Data collection and entry, database development, management and quality control

-Assist in statistical analyses

-Potential collection of blood samples and storage

-Potential presentation of studies at regional and/or international meetings

-Scientific writing of textbook book chapters and journal articles for publication

Term: 1 calendar year

-Location: Division of Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, USA

-Dates: Beginning April/May/June 2022 – June/July 2023

-Stipend: TBD

-Primary Faculty Mentors: Dr. Howard S. An and Dr Dino Samartzis

Dr. Howard S. An is a Professor and the Morton International Endowed Chair at RUSH. He is an accomplished clinician-scientist, Past President of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS), Kappa Delta Award Winner, immediate past Director of the Division of Spine Surgery at RUSH for 14 years, and has been the Director of Spine Surgery Fellowship at RUSH for the past 20 years.

Dr. Dino Samartzis is an Associate Professor and Director of the International Spine Research and Innovation Initiative at RUSH. He is an accomplished clinical researcher with 20 years’ experience in spine research worldwide. He is the Emeritus Editor-in-Chief of the Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders journal, Deputy Editor of the Global Spine Journal, Executive Board Editor of the European Spine Journal, and on the Advisory Board of over a dozen medical journals. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the International Research Commission for AO Spine, the world’s largest society of spine surgeons, and holds other positions in other esteemed organizations/societies. His research work has been the recipient of over 50 regional and international awards.

Together, Drs. An and Samartzis have published over 800 articles, book chapters, multimedia etc. They have been Editors-in-Chief of nearly 20 textbooks and journal theme issues. They have published in various high-impact journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Arthritis and Rheumatism, and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery among others. The have received competitive funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Academies of Science, international grants in Asia and Europe, foundation grants and industry support. Collectively, they have mentored over 200 regional and international students/fellows, majority of which have gone on to achieve substantial prominence. Their key research interests are spine degeneration and pain.   

The nature of this position, lends itself to an individual who is:

-Motivated to pursue a career in orthopaedic surgery

-Detail oriented and very organized; able to self-manage

-Able to work independently as well as within a team

-Interested in research activities and academics, open to learning new research skills

-Passionate for scientific publishing

There are several benefits of this position:

-Expand research skills, including study design, data capturing and management, analytics and scientific writing

-First or co-authorship in multiple manuscript publications and abstracts

-Collaboration with spine surgery fellows, orthopaedic surgery residents, and other spine faculty

-Conferences: spine Conferences, orthopaedic academic conferences, orthopaedic grand rounds, journal clubs

-Mentorship under Drs. An and Samartzis as well as other faculty

-Guidance with application for orthopaedic surgery residency

*** Previous fellows have successfully matched to orthopaedic residency training programs and have published extensively as first authors or co-authors 

This opportunity will undoubtedly bolster and enhance competitiveness for the research spine fellow to obtain a position in an orthopaedic surgery residency and establish a career early-on in academic medicine.

Interested candidates should send the following to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject “research fellowship position”

- CV (with USMLE step I and/or II scores)
- Brief Cover Letter explaining why you want the position and what makes you a good fit (1-page max)
- Headshot
- Possible starting date

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