Stanford Orthopaedics Remote Research Program: Summer 2023

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University

About the Program:

After a second successful year of our program, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is excited to continue offering the remote summer research program for individuals with an interest in pursuing orthopaedics. This is an 8–10 week remote research and mentorship program focused on providing individuals with a foundation in the tools for clinical research.

 One of the main goals of this program is to lower the barriers in acquiring meaningful, high-impact research experiences under faculty mentorship for aspiring orthopaedic surgeons. Mentorship is at the core of this research program, whether it’s faculty to student or student to student mentorship. Orthopaedics has a long-recognized diversity issue, and it is imperative that we address this by creating accessible, equitable, and early opportunity pipelines for all students interested in orthopedics. A core focus of this program will be about building opportunity, mentorship, and a connection to the field in order to prepare and encourage students to apply for orthopaedic residency.

Program Specifics:

The program will run from June to August (specific dates to be confirmed). The number of positions accepted will depend on project and faculty availability, which will vary over time. Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate an interest in orthopaedic surgery, and basic proficiency in research/data analysis or have the willingness to learn.

Students will be matched to faculty mentors based on their experience and subspeciality interest. In addition to faculty mentorship, you will attend lectures on various topics encompassing all areas of orthopaedics from statistical analysis to family life as a surgeon. This program provides flexibility without compromising the integrity of a research experience often required for increasingly competitive residency programs such as orthopaedic surgery.

A typical week includes 1-2 research lectures, 1-2 life skill lectures, office hours with the program coordinator for questions/concerns, and a group hangout hour. 

Our department has access to various data sources for robust research outcomes, including:

  • 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.

Desired Eligibility:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher; preference for 1st year medical students and medical students taking a gap year looking for experience in the field of orthopaedics and have prior research experience
  • Preference for those with basic working knowledge of SPSS, R, and/or other statistical software
  • Ability to work independently while remote; meet established deadlines with faculty
  • At this time, we cannot accept students requiring any type of visa to work in the USA. 



8-10 weeks (June-August 2023)

Funding Availability:

The application for summer 2023 has closed.


For any questions about the summer research program, please contact us at

Summer Research Lecture Recordings

Summer Research Student Alumni