Remote Summer Research Program

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

About the Program

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford is providing student research opportunities for individuals with an interest in pursuing orthopaedics. The number of positions accepted will depend on project and faculty availability, which will vary by year. Candidates should be able to demonstrate basic proficiency in research and data analysis (or have the willingness to learn), and will be matched to faculty based on their experience and interest. We recognize that opportunities have been limited or removed altogether for many students due to the recent pandemic, so we have designed a highly interactive and educational remote research program that provides flexibility without compromising the integrity of a research experience often required for increasingly competitive medical school and residency programs.

If accepted, you will be asked to participate in a structured online curriculum combined with a research experience with a faculty mentor at the start of the program. There will be occasional faculty and staff lectures on a range of topics aimed to enhance not only your research proficiency but networking and professional skills in the medical field. No prior research experience is necessary.

*We have selected our final cohort for this summer 2021. Thank you to all of the applicants for your interest!*


Access to rich data sources for research objectives may include:

  • STAnford Research Repository (STARR): includes not only current EPIC data from SHC and LPCH but also imaging data from Radiology and historic clinical data from earlier EMRs
  • National claims databases: Access to national claims databases such as HCUP KID, Optum, Truven, and Pearl Diver (Humana’s claims database). Databases are longitudinal U.S. hospital health care data, with some containing up to 22 million patients captured over the last decade.
  • Annual Cadaver Dissection Lab: Medical Director of Peds Research, Dr. Kevin Shea, hosts an annual dissection lab at Allosource in Centennial, Colorado with a group of medical students, staff, and faculty for a two-day intensive course. The purpose of this lab is to gather data to learn more about pediatric knee anatomy for the improvement of safe ligament reconstruction techniques and the understanding of the development and growth patterns of pediatric knees and more.
  • Multi-Institutional Prospective Observational Data: Large registries that collect data on a range of orthopaedic conditions.


Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher; preference for medical students looking for experience in the field of orthopaedics and has prior research experience
  • Working knowledge of SPSS, R, and/or other statistical software preferred
  • Ability to lead at least one project under faculty mentorship
  • Ability to work independently while remote; meet established deadlines with faculty
  • External students (i.e. non-Stanford). If you're a Stanford student and interested, please reach out directly for other opportunities.



8-10 week virtual summer research experience from May to August 2021


Funding Availability

Participants will be provided with an encrypted laptop to utilize for the duration of the summer program along with IT support. It is advised that students discuss potential academic credit/scholarship opportunities within their own institution. The remote program does not require travel or living expenses.


Current Summer Research Students

Summer Research Student Alumni