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Awards & Fellowships

CHOP/SICOT Fellowship (closed)

Funded by SICOT & CHOP

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) was founded in 1855 as the United States’ first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children. Today, CHOP provides comprehensive care, both inpatient and outpatient, for patients from birth to 19 years of age and has been consistently recognized by US News and World Report as being the number one children’s hospital over the past two decades. The hospital admits over 20,000 inpatients and handles over 950,000 emergency and outpatient visits annually. Our hospital is committed to improving the health of today's and tomorrow’s children through its clinical care programs, its basic and clinical research programs and training the next generation of pediatric healthcare professionals.

The CHOP research fellows work alongside clinical fellows participating in the clinical fellowship program nationally recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), visiting international scholars, University of Pennsylvania pediatric orthopedic residents, and regional medical students. Additionally, research fellows have the opportunity to work in collaboration with CHOP orthopedics’ newly hired and renowned translational research team headed by Maurizio Pacifici, PhD and comprised of 15 highly motivated basic science research personnel.

The research fellowship is offered to one US or internationally trained orthopedic surgeon and is six or twelve months in duration. Prerequisite for the research fellow application is excellent oral and written command of the English language, graduate of medical school and residency program, interest in pediatric orthopedic surgery, submission of a complete application with letter of recommendation before defined deadline, and on time VISA application, where applicable. The research fellow is guided through the research process from the development of a hypothesis to data collection, manuscript writing, and presentation at national and international orthopedic conferences. The fellow has the opportunity to work independently on projects of special interest to him/her or on one of 90 current institutionally approved studies and is encouraged to interact and collaborate with the division’s diversified faculty (each with his/her own area of special interest and expertise). Topics of focus include spine disorders, sports injuries, cerebral palsy, musculoskeletal tumors (both benign and malignant), foot/ankle disorders, hip disorders, hand disorders, limb deficiency, and thoracic insufficiency. To date, the orthopaedic department has funded nearly 40 research fellows, and produces approximately 60 high-quality publications (scientific articles, textbook chapters, abstracts etc.) per year.

John P. Dormans
Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery & Program Director, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Department of Orthopaedics, 2nd Floor Wood Building
34th Street & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

The offer:

  1. 6-month Research Fellowship, annually – (CHOP Orthopaedics would consider a 12-month Research Fellowship for qualified applicants).
  2. Salary: (USD 20,000). Benefits include low cost health insurance (medical, prescription, dental, and vision), accrued vacation, and flexible spending account (eligible healthcare and childcare expenses can be paid by the fellow with pre-tax dollars).
  3. Applicants must meet minimum standards which include:
    a) fluency in English;
    b) have graduated from medical school and completed a Residency Orthopaedic Surgery Program;
    c) have an interest in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery;
    d) complete application with letters of recommendation by defined deadlines (see below);
    e) submit visa application on time (where applicable).
  4. Economy flights to Philadelphia from the fellow's country covered by SICOT. 

Fellow’s responsibilities:

  1. Successfully finish a clinical and/or basic research project during the 6 months and submit for peer reviewed publications (preferably in International Orthopaedics Journal).
  2. Write a report about the fellowship in the SICOT Newsletter.
  3. Successful on time visa application/completion once accepted before starting fellowship.
  4. Must be a SICOT member with 2013 membership dues.
  5. Strong preference will be given to applicants with prior or current SICOT meeting attendance.
  6. The top three applicants will be asked for an interview at the next SICOT meeting for the final decision.

Deadline: 30 June 2013 (for the July 2014 fellowship)
Application Form (pdf)