Musculoskeletal Research Committee

To connect students with the information and faculty needed to guide and maximize medical student’s time to choose, start and complete research of the highest quality.

olivia leonovicz Olivia Leonovicz
Senior Advisor to the Chairman
2021%201:04:35%20PM Ankur Khanna
Committee Chairman
2021%201:04:35%20PM Tara Korbal

About the Committee

The Musculoskeletal Research Committee is a group of faculty and staff from the Orthopedic department, along with three students selected annually to represent the committee, with the purpose of connecting current LSUHSC medical students with faculty and potential research projects. The Musculoskeletal Research Committee holds 3 or more annual meetings for students ranging from how to start research with our custom research routing form, to IRB applications, to how to log and analyze data, to writing papers and presenting at research conferences. The committee prides itself on having a dedicated statistician, a biostatistician pioneering big data projects, and a professional writer to guide students along the way. The three students hold the positions of Chair-Election, Chair, and Senior Adviser to the Chair. The Chair-Elect is an incoming L2 whose main job is to connect students with research projects, facilitate communications between faculty and students and to help students one-on-one with individual project needs. The Chair of the committee is an L3 whose main role is to be the voice of the committee, holding educational meetings for students and increasing student interest in research. Lastly, the senior-adviser to the chair is an L4 whose role is to advise the chair and chair-elect on all topics as the most experience student member of the committee. Overall, the goal of the Musculoskeletal Research Committee is to increase research productivity among LSUHSC medical students.

Faculty Leader = Dr. Vinod Dasa (

Faculty Leader = Dr. Robert Zura (

Statistician = Dr. Claudia Leonardi, PhD (

Research Coordinator = Lisa Stang, BSN, RN, CCPR (

Medical Communications = Dr. Amy Bronstone, PhD (

More committee information


Student Resources

Research Conferences & Abstract Deadlines 2022

Step By Step Guide to Starting Research

Current Student Projects

Resident Student Research Proposal and Routing Form

EXAMPLES of Lit Review and Routing Form

UMC Documents to Complete and Sign

Article on How to Write a Scientific Paper

Student Research Fellowship


Faculty Research Ideas »