University of Utah Pediatric and Adult Sports Medicine Research Fellowship

Program Details

Dr. Stephen K. Aoki invites 3rd and 4th year medical students interested in orthopaedic surgery to apply for a one-year sports medicine research fellowship.

At this time, we are only considering students from United States accredited MD programs. This is a full-time, paid position with the University of Utah. This fellowship is focused on pediatric and adult hip and knee research.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with an anticipated decision in February/March 2022. Early applications are encouraged.

Current research is focused on both pediatric and adult sports medicine, primarily related to hip and knee pathology. Research includes clinical, biomechanical, and basic science projects.

Please refer to the following link to a brochure overview of the fellowship.

As the research assistant, you will be responsible for managing and organizing multiple projects and efficiently following them to completion. We are looking for a socially intelligent, motivated, self-driven, and trustworthy individual to fill this position.

Position: Research Assistant (Full-time paid position)

Duration: ~May 2022 - May 2023 (optional 2nd year, start date negotiable)

Location: University of Utah Orthopaedic Center/Primary Children’s Hospital. Salt Lake City, UT.


  • MS3 or MS4 students with a strong interest in orthopaedic research and a planned career in orthopaedic surgery and academic medicine.
  • Prior research and statistical analysis experience preferred
  • Ability to work independently and complete tasks in an efficient manner


  • Manage multiple research projects and organize and maintain all aspects of the projects and follow them to completion (assist in data collection, write/submit manuscripts)
  • Organizing and presenting ongoing research updates at weekly meetings with a team of research faculty, fellows, residents, statisticians, and research coordinators
  • Collecting patient-reported outcome data
  • Assisting in preparing PowerPoint Presentations, Website Educational Material

 Goals/Opportunities of the Fellowship: 

  • 10-15 publications, in addition to case reports, reviews, and book chapters
  • Gain important experience in clinical and basic science orthopaedic research to help strengthen a potential academic career
  • Be able to read and critically analyze medical literature
  • Be comfortable with data collection, scientific writing, and submission of manuscripts
  • Attend and present at national and international meetings

This is a great opportunity and has been very productive for previous fellows. If you have any questions regarding the position or application process, please email the current Research Fellow, Allan Metz (