Position Filled: 2022-23 University of Utah Pediatric and Adult Sports Medicine Research Fellowship – Steve Aoki, MD

Dr. Stephen K. Aoki invites 3rd and 4th year medical students interested in orthopaedic surgery to apply for a one-year sports medicine research fellowship. At this time, we are only considering students from United States accredited MD programs. This is a full-time, paid position with the University of Utah. This fellowship is focused on pediatric and adult hip and knee research. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with an anticipated decision in February/March 2022. Early applications are encouraged.

Dr. Stephen K. Aoki specializes in the surgical treatment of pediatric, adolescent, and adult sports injuries of the hip and knee. Dr. Aoki serves as team physician for University of Utah Gymnastics, University of Utah Football and is the head orthopaedic surgeon for Real Salt Lake Major League Soccer. Dr. Aoki also serves as the current Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine and is the former Chair of the University of Utah Residency Selection Committee.  

Current research is focused on both pediatric and adult sports medicine, primarily related to hip and knee pathology. Research includes clinical, biomechanical, and basic science projects. Please refer to the following links for a list of previous research projects: U of U: Aoki Academic Website, in addition to a brochure overview of the fellowship.

As the research assistant, you will be responsible for managing and organizing multiple projects and efficiently following them to completion. We are looking for a socially intelligent, motivated, self-driven, and trustworthy individual to fill this position. 

Position: Research Assistant (Full-time paid position)

Duration: ~May 2022 - May 2023 (optional 2nd year, start date negotiable)

Location: University of Utah Orthopaedic Center/Primary Children’s Hospital. Salt Lake City, UT.


  • MS3 or MS4 students with a strong interest in orthopaedic research and a planned career in orthopaedic surgery and academic medicine.
  • Prior research and statistical analysis experience preferred
  • Ability to work independently and complete tasks in an efficient manner



  • Manage multiple research projects and organize and maintain all aspects of the projects and follow them to completion (assist in data collection, write/submit manuscripts)
  • Organizing and presenting ongoing research updates at weekly meetings with a team of research faculty, fellows, residents, statisticians, and research coordinators
  • Collecting patient-reported outcome data
  • Assisting in preparing PowerPoint Presentations, Website Educational Material


Goals/Opportunities of the Fellowship: 

  • 10-15 publications, in addition to case reports, reviews, and book chapters
  • Gain important experience in clinical and basic science orthopaedic research to help strengthen a potential academic career
  • Be able to read and critically analyze medical literature
  • Be comfortable with data collection, scientific writing, and submission of manuscripts
  • Attend and present at national and international meetings

Clinical Opportunities of the Fellowship:

  • Spend one day a week in clinic working with Dr. Aoki, fellows, and residents
  • Participate in surgical procedures with Dr. Aoki and the University of Utah Trauma Service
  • While this is a research fellowship in sports medicine, this opportunity will be one that exposes you to all aspects of orthopaedic surgery. You will be expected to attend orthopaedic grand rounds, sports medicine/trauma subspecialty conferences, journal club, and resident conferences to help improve your overall knowledge in the specialty.

This is a great opportunity and has been very productive for previous fellows. If you have any questions regarding the position or application process, please email the current Research Fellow, Allan Metz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


How To Apply:

Interested applicants should send the following items to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Address email subject line as “Research Fellowship Position”.

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. USMLE Step 1 score report (USMLE Step 2 score report if available)
  3. Unofficial medical school transcript including 3rd year grades
  4. One-page Personal Statement about yourself and your reasons for applying for this position
  5. One to two letters of recommendation (preferably from research mentors in orthopaedics if possible)

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