Vanderbilt Orthopaedics 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 or 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.

Things to Know

A stipend will be provided to all accepted applicants.

Housing will be available on the Vanderbilt University campus for those interested.

Program Dates

The program runs from June 3rd, 2024 to July 26th, 2024.

The application deadline is January 15th, 2024.

How to Apply

Applications for 2024 are open. Please use the Redcap link below to submit your application.

Summer Research Program Redcap Application

Student Testimonials


"The Vanderbilt summer program is a great mix of clinical exposure in the OR/clinic, research, time to develop a relationship with your mentor, and time to spend on fun activities with your cohort." -- Peter Chan, MD Candidate 2026

"Vanderbilt creates a welcoming, engaging learning environment for their Summer interns. Without doubt, the knowledge and skills I gained from this experience will be a stepping stone in my career as an orthopaedic surgeon." --Tia Shutes, MD Candidate 2026

"VUMC's program because it aligned most with my goals for the summer - gaining clinical exposure while conducting research in orthopedic surgery and meeting orthopedic surgeons and residents."

"This program has given me more clinic and OR time in one month than what I've been able to do at my home program during the entire last year. I think that will make a big difference come 2nd and 3rd year when I begin my clinical rotations."

"The support I have received from others in the program has been amazing. Dr. Coronado has been an excellent resource in addition to my mentor."

"I LOVE this program. I can't sing it's praises enough, each day I learn a ton, whether it's terminology in the resident conferences, conversing with students and residents in between cases. In short, everything has been fascinating!"

"I can't emphasize enough how easy it has been to reach my mentors. That has been my favorite part. The connection all of us students have been able to build with our mentors is probably the biggest plus of the program."

"Resident conferences have been really engaging, even though they are complicated, and gives us a glimpse into what education and learning will be like as a resident. I'm a very hands-on learning type of person so I especially have enjoyed the casting sessions and the sawbones workshop."