Bridge Year Program

The Center for Musculoskeletal Research Bridge Year Program is an excellent paid clinical experience. It’s perfect for those interested in pursuing an interactive, patient-oriented gap year for 1 year before medical school matriculation. Individuals in the program learn about clinical research by independently recruiting participants from an orthopedic spine and/or trauma clinic, completing follow-up data collection with patients over the phone and in-person, and coordinating patient care while participating in a dynamic and collaborative research group. This unique opportunity allows individuals to develop strong interpersonal skills with patients and providers. The program also provides a solid foundation of the research process, especially the intricacies of navigating clinic workflows to achieve high-quality data collection and patient care. We are looking for highly energetic individuals passionate about clinical research and patient care. Applicants must demonstrate excellent communication skills, an independent work ethic, and strong attention to detail. The program offers positions in Nashville, TN.

Applications will open on November 1st, 2023 and Applications will close January 15th, 2024, for the upcoming summer. Please follow this link to apply: https://redcap.link/BridgeYearProgram2024

 Note:  For the application you will need to UPLOAD a letter from your school's Dean/Registrar certifying that you are a student in good standing. If your institution requires that the letter be sent to VUMC directly please submit to : Kat.w.smith@vumc.org

Please feel free to contact Katherine De Bock for more information: kat.w.smith@vumc.org 


Research Faculty Positions

Applicants are sought for full time, research faculty positions in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Candidates should have a record of publishing impactful original research in the field of musculoskeletal health and a desire for a research-focused academic career. Those with post-doctoral experience and a high potential for extramural funding will be considered for the position of Assistant Professor. More experienced applicants with a demonstrated record of maintaining extramural funding will be considered for rank of Associate Professor or Professor. 

Candidates should hold a doctoral degree and have demonstrated expertise in in rehabilitation science, epidemiology, health services research, exercise physiology, psychology, health policy or related fields.

Applicants who are legally authorized to work in the US and interested in this position should submit a cover letter and updated Curriculum Vitae. The cover letter should describe the applicant’s relevant qualifications and experience in the musculoskeletal field, as well as a brief statement of clinical research interests.

All application materials should be submitted as a single PDF to Katherine De Bock: kat.w.smith@vumc.org


Post-Doctoral Positions

Post-doctoral positions in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Center for Musculoskeletal Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are available for individuals with an interest in musculoskeletal research. Individuals will have an opportunity to independently direct and manage research activities. This will include overseeing a high-level research team, developing and submitting grant proposals, participating in data management activities, analyzing data, and generating manuscripts for peer-review publication.

Applicants with a background in rehabilitation science, behavioral medicine, public health, epidemiology, clinical-translational, and/or health services research are preferred. Successful applicants will have experience in study design, the conduct of randomized trials, working as part of a team, excellent communication skills, and strong quantitative skills including proficiency with a statistical analysis package (STATA, SPSS, R, etc.). Fellows must have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline. This is a full-time position. Salary is based on NIH postdoctoral trainee stipend levels.

Candidates interested in the Center and our research should send a curriculum vitae to kristin.archer@vumc.org.


Medical Student Summer Research Program

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has a medical student summer research program for students between the first and second year of second and third year of medical school.  This 8-week program will allow medical students to conduct clinical, basic, or translational research in the Department under the direction of an established mentor.  In addition to working on a research project, students will observe clinical patient care and attend weekly seminars on research skills and/or orthopaedic hands-on skills.  At the conclusion of the summer, each student will present a brief summary of his/her work at a scientific symposium.

Applications will open on October 15, 2023 for the upcoming summer. Applications and information can be found here: https://www.vumc.org/ortho/summer-research-program

Please feel free to contact Katherine De Bock for more information: kat.w.smith@vumc.org