Benjamin Fox Orthopedic Research Scholar Award

  • Clinical orthopedic research program

    The Benjamin Fox Orthopedic Research Scholar Award promotes clinical research by giving extraordinary U.S. medical students the opportunity to investigate pertinent topics in clinical orthopedic research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

    This funded “year-out” scholar program is unique because it was specifically designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in orthopedic surgery. The successful candidate will dedicate a year to clinical research with CHOP orthopedic surgeons before either the third or fourth year of medical school.

    Given the competitive nature of the orthopedic residency process, our research scholars will have a substantial edge over their peers.

  • Learning from the experts

    CHOP is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in pediatric orthopedic patient care, education, and basic and clinical research. In fact, CHOP physicians have pioneered many orthopedic surgical procedures.

    Our physicians are internationally renowned for their skill in treating spinal deformities; malignant and benign tumors; disorders of the hand, elbow, hip, knee, ankle and foot; sports and traumatic injuries; as well as a full spectrum of congenital disorders.

    CHOP’s Division of Orthopedics has consistently ranked in the top five children’s hospitals in the nation for orthopedic care by U.S. News & World Report.

    We have 23 board-certified attending physicians, each with different subspecialties in pediatric orthopedics. Each of our physicians is hired by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania with their primary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics and a secondary appointment in Orthopedics.

  • Prerequisites for scholarship application
    • Applicants must be completing their third year of medical school in the United States. In rare circumstances, uniquely qualified students finishing their second year of medical school in the U.S. may be considered.  
    • The medical student must have completed a STEP 1 exam.
    • The applicant must be in good academic standing and have an interest in pursuing a career in orthopedic surgery.
    • The successful applicant will be responsible, motivated, intellectually curious and independent.
  • Award stipend and benefits

    The recipient of this award will receive a $25,000 stipend to cover living expenses for the year. There is also some funding available to present accepted research at national meetings. For more information, please download the Benjamin Fox Orthopedic Research Scholar Award brochure

  • Details about the program

    There are two components of the Benjamin Fox Orthopedic Research Fellowship — research and clinical exposure.


    Fellows are given several projects, prospective and retrospective, single center and multicenter, some of which were started prior to their arrival and some of which will begin during their year. The research is designed to answer questions and solve problems in the area of pediatric orthopedic trauma, sports medicine, and spinal disorders, as well as medical economic and medical social issues.

    Students will meet with John M. Flynn, MD, Theodore J. Ganley, MD, and Wudbhav N. Sankar, MD, several times each week for supervision and mentorship.

    Our division’s clinical research office is very strong and well established. Four orthopedic research coordinators can help students:

    • Design and complete IRBs
    • Adhere to division and CHOP research policies
    • Review clinical data
    • Measure X-rays
    • Complete manuscripts for publications

    Completed projects by past Benjamin Fox fellows have been published in orthopedic journals and presented at national conferences.

    Clinical exposure 

    Fellows are active participants in the outpatient clinical program in the Division of Orthopedics. At weekly outpatient clinics, fellows are trained and mentored to participate in trauma and sports clinics. Weekly, the fellow will see patients alongside Dr. Flynn, Dr. Ganley or Dr. Sankar, developing mastery of pediatric physical exam of the shoulder, knee, fractures, spine and hip, image interpretation and decision making.

    Additionally, fellows participate in surgeon-of-the-day clinics, specifically gaining experience in the evaluation of patients with urgent injuries. Typically, by the end of the year, the Benjamin Fox Fellow functions at a level above a senior resident. There is also an opportunity to observe surgical procedures in the operating room. 

    Fellows are also strongly encouraged to participate in continuing education by attending:

    • Didactic lectures
    • Weekly case presentation conferences
    • Orthopedic grand rounds at the University of Pennsylvania every Thursday morning
    • Quarterly clinical research club attended by all faculty, students, residents and fellows
  • How to apply
    • Download and complete the Benjamin Fox Orthopedic Research Scholar Award application.
    • Submit a letter of recommendation.
    • Submit an essay explaining why you are interested in doing clinical research for a year in the Division of Orthopedics at CHOP.
    • Include your curriculum vitae.
    • Include a PDF of your STEP 1 score.

    Email John M. Flynn, MD

    Postal mail:

    Attn: John M. Flynn, MD / Benjamin Fox Orthopedic Research Scholar
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    Division of Orthopedics
    2nd Floor Wood Center
    34th and Civic Center Blvd
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

  • Deadline

    The deadline for submissions is Feb. 12, for the program starting in July the same year. However, we recommend submitting an application as soon as possible.

    Tobacco-free hiring policy

    To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014, will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

    Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

  • More information

    For more information, please download the Benjamin Fox Orthopedic Research Scholar Award brochure or contact Michelle Ho.

Reviewed on April 27, 2015