Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery Research Fellowship

The Research Fellowship Program in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery is a 1-year funded opportunity available to U.S. and international orthopedic surgeons who have experience in orthopedic basic science research, genetics or developmental biology.

CHOP's orthopedic fellowship program, which began in 1988, is nationally recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Since its inception, the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at CHOP has funded more than 50 fellows, with both clinical and research orientations.

The Research Fellowship Program helps fellows gain expertise in the research setting by providing 12 months of concentrated research experience, with a focus on both independent and team projects. Fellows may work independently on projects of special interest to them. They also work as part of the orthopedic team, playing a major role in the division's research efforts.

Interaction and collaboration with our diversified faculty (each with his/her own area of special interest and expertise) and collaborative work with other specialties in the Hospital create ample opportunities for professional growth. 

Current areas of research emphasis within the Division include:

Educational goals

Defining expectations

At the beginning of your fellowship, basic requirements for research goals, internal conference attendance, publication and attendance at national conferences will be outlined. Division Chief John P. Dormans, MD, FACS, will discuss your personal interests and goals and will help you develop a plan for the coming year.


In addition to engaging in research, you will be expected to participate in meetings and seminars throughout the year as part of the educational process:

Clinical experience

The patient population within the Division of Orthopedic Surgery is large and the problems of the children are diverse. Fellows will have the opportunity to observe many patients, to learn from CHOP attending physicians, and to access a large volume of data for research in this area. Observation for at least one day per week during our office hours is strongly encouraged.


To better orient residents and fellows during their time at CHOP, each fellow or resident will receive an updated copy of the Resident/Fellow Handbook.

This handbook includes everything a resident or fellow needs to know about the program and the Hospital, including general information, orthopedic guidelines, service guidelines, polices and procedures, medications, and our pain management program.

To optimize productivity, orthopedic surgery fellows also have access to the following resources:

The research coordinators help with IRB and HIPAA issues, search facilities, radiographic scanning, editorial skills, Power Point productions and a variety of other services to enhance the fellow's research productivity.


Fellows will receive feedback on progress on an ongoing basis. Feedback mechanisms include:

Upon completion of the fellowship, each fellow is awarded a Hospital certificate verifying participation in and completion of the program.


To learn about our physicians and other healthcare providers, see meet our team. 

Research fellows

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.

How to apply

To apply, please download the Orthopedic Surgery Fellow/Scholar Application, the Research Fellow Questionnaire and submit both with all required documentation. Acceptance to our program is conditional on complete and acceptable application, questionnaire and requirements.

Please specify which program you are applying for in your application.

More information

For more information about the Orthopedic Surgery Research Fellowship, please contact Catherine O'Shea.


Reviewed by: John P. Dormans, MD, FACS
Date: October 2013

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