Medical Student Research Fellowship

Position Title: Research Fellow

Duration: 1-3 semesters

Location: Andrews Research & Education Foundation (AREF); Gulf Breeze, FL

AREF is seeking ambitious medical students interested in pursuing a semester or year-long clinical research fellowship through publication and hands-on clinical research. This position will assist medical students with a strong interest in pursuing a career in Orthopaedics and/or Sports Medicine. This is an unpaid fellowship position working closely with physicians, fellows, and the clinical research team.


Prerequisites for this position include, but are not limited to:

• Ability to start on campus or work remotely within the recommended time frame

• Strong motivation for a career in Orthopaedic Surgery and/or Sports Medicine

• Evident interest in research and strong academic record

• Must be extremely organized and detail-oriented, have strong communication skills, and be able to work independently

• Must remain professional and work closely with multidisciplinary teams

• Rising 4th year medical students preferred but not required


Research Responsibilities include:

• Coordination of the principal investigators’ research projects as needed

• Consenting patients for studies, follow-up with patients in clinic or by phone, and administration of research study pre-operative and post-operative forms and exams

• Data entry into Electronic Medical Record (EMR) platforms and uploading of research documents to electronic platforms

• Submission of protocols to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) with guidance working closely with the Manager of Research and Development

• Drafting, editing, and producing manuscripts and abstracts; preparing manuscripts for publication

• Drafting, editing, and producing book chapters as needed

• Interface and coordination of projects with attending, fellows, and other research personnel


Benefits of the position:

• Dedicated fellow may have multiple papers, abstracts, presentations, and/or book chapters accepted or in publication by the end of the research year

• Opportunities to collaborate with Orthopaedic surgeons (in multiple subspecialties) attendings, fellows, and research personnel

• Opportunities to attend Grand Rounds and Sports Medicine conferences and lectures

• Opportunity to present primary research project during annual Research Symposium alongside Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Primary Care Sports Medicine, Foot & Ankle, and Anesthesia fellows

• Opportunities to observe or be involved in surgical skills/cadaveric labs

• Opportunities to observe or be involved in Regenerative Medicine studies


Interested applicants should send an email with the following items to

• A brief cover letter detailing your background and interest in the program (please include last year of medical school successfully completed)

• CV with USMLE step 1 (and 2 if available) scores

• Projected start date

• At least two letters of reference


Selected applicants will be contacted for a virtual interview shortly thereafter.

Please note – this is only for medical students currently enrolled by a U.S. medical school that is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. All applicants must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship (no visas are accepted nor sponsored).

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