School of Medicine

Department of Orthopaedics



Department of Orthopaedics






One-Year Research Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery

This orthopaedic research program offers a great opportunity for highly motivated students interested in orthopedics. As a part of our academic orthopedics department, you will spend a year learning the basic principles of research design, methodology, data analysis and navigating the process from IRB application to manuscript submission. You will work closely with clinical/research faculty and residents, with weekly opportunities for clinical exposure, surgeon shadowing, didactic lectures, and simulations/cadaver labs. Two orthopaedic tracks are available with options to integrate basic science research: adult reconstruction and pediatrics.

Duration / Commitment: 1 Academic Year

Locations: LSU Health Sciences Center – New Orleans (LSUHSC-NO), University Medical Center (UMC), Ochsner-Kenner Orthopaedic Clinic, or Children’s Hospital of New Orleans (CHNO)

  • ~$20,000 stipend
  • Travel expenses for conference attendance within the continental US
Responsibilities for both tracks:
  • Design and complete at least 2-3 independent research projects.
  • Assist in ongoing student/resident research projects where needed.
  • Transport research materials from the OR to the lab for processing (personal transportation required)
  • Attend weekly clinics and/or surgeries with clinical faculty
  • Attend all departmental didactic sessions, grand rounds, and cadaver labs.
  • Develop and maintain research database
  • Communicate effectively on the status of each project and progress with research team members
  • Organize and provide a self-directed schedule to mentor(s) weekly.
  • Attend one mentoring session per semester with the department chair and residency program director.
  • Attend LSUHSC-NO journal club (one Thursday evening per month
  • Attend orthopaedic conferences at UMC (Wednesdays) and CHNO (Fridays) that include indications, M&M, and resident lectures.
  • Present progress at quarterly orthopaedics research meetings at UMC.
Course Credit:
  • LSUHSC-NO 3rd or 4th-year medical students may qualify for MCLIN500/01 (research), INTER143 (experimental design), and INTER260 (responsible conduct in research)  (per CM72 Appendix I) course credit. Applicant should verify with office of student affairs.

For more information please contact Dr. Vinod Dasa ( regarding the adult and basic sciences orthopedic track or Dr. Carter Clement ( regarding the pediatric orthopaedic track. 

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A Research Year for Medical Students PDF