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Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Internship


The mission of the Orthopaedic Foundation is to promote research and education in orthopaedics, sports medicine and musculoskeletal diseases, therefore, the Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Internship program is at the heart of our programs we offer. The Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Internship program provides exposure to clinical and cadaveric research in medicine as well as exposure to clinical orthopaedics predominantly in a sports medicine setting. Interns engage in a research project under a senior physician (MD) and a clinical researcher (PhD) and are guided through the clinical research process from design to submission to a peer review journal. In addition, Interns participate in weekly journal clubs and Orthopaedic Knowledge Updates in accordance with the ACGME Sports Medicine Curriculum for Sports Medicine Fellows to enhance their knowledge in orthopaedics and musculoskeletal medicine.


To familiarize medical students in research process from concept inception, design of materials and methods, and execution of data acquisition process. To acquire skills in developing clinical or cadaveric research projects, analyzing data, and writing up and presenting results in meetings including data summarization and statistical analysis. To familiarize medical students with objective measures to assess clinical outcomes inorthopaedics. To enhance knowledge and skills in critical appraisal of the literature to assist in developing a research plan, interpretation of data, and integration into clinical practice. To complete a final manuscript to be submitted to a peer review journal in the appropriate allotted time frame.


  1. Subject Recruitment. Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Interns are responsible for identifying potential subjects for their research project, contacting potential subjects to discuss eligibility and interest, and scheduling of subjects appointments.

  2. Subject Data Collection. Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Interns are responsible for completing informed consent process with the Principle Investigator including providing a clear explanation of all research procedures and answering all questions. Interns are responsible for being familiar with all data collections tools including first-level knowledge of tools for data analysis and presentation.

  3. Completion and Submission of Manuscript. Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Interns are expected to complete a manuscript related to their clinical research project. The manuscript must comply with the standards and journal requirements for submission.

  4. Attendance of Lab Meetings and Orthopaedic Knowledge Updates. Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Interns are expected to attend all lab meetings including general meetings held weekly, individual project meetings held on an as needed basis, and Orthopaedic Knowledge Update lectures held weekly. Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Interns are expected to provide regular updates at lab and individual project meetings. Interns will also be expected to lead at least one journal club during lab meetings. The journal club presentation will summarize the main points of the article, provide a critique of the article, and explain the relevance to the Intern’s research project. Interns are expected to attend the West Point Fellows Conference held annually (June) if it falls during the course of their internship rotation. The West Point Fellows Conference brings together all ACGME Fellowship programs in the tri state area (CT, NJ, NY – Columbia University, Hospital for Special Surgery, Lenox Hill, New York University, Orthopaedic Foundation, University of Connecticut, and West Point Academy, etc) to share in a day of critical research dissemination to develop rigorous research thought process.


Attendance and active participation in regular meeting of the Clinical Research Department is expected. Students are expected to present his or her ideas on ongoing research projects. Research Interns are required to submit a final report that would form the basis for a peer review paper or a poster or talk submitted to a national conference or to an appropriate peer reviewed journal.


Kevin D. Plancher, MD, MPH Stephanie C. Petterson, MPT, PhD Sports Medicine Fellows – 2 ACGME Sports Medicine Fellows Annually


The duration of the program is 12 months. Other time considerations are available throughout the academic year and considered on an individual basis. If interested, please email Dr. Stephanie Petterson at


Please fill out and return the attached application to: Stephanie C. Petterson, MPT, PhD 2777 Summer Street Suite 500 Stamford, CT 06905


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