Stanford Orthopaedics Remote Research Program: Summer 2022

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University

About the Program

After a successful launch of our pilot program in Summer 2021, The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is excited to continue offering the remote summer student research program for individuals with an interest in pursuing orthopaedics. The number of positions accepted will depend on project and faculty availability, which will vary over time. 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. 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.

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.

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 medical students looking for experience in the field of orthopaedics and has prior research experience
  • Preference for those with working knowledge of SPSS, R, and/or other statistical software
  • Ability to work independently while remote; meet established deadlines with faculty


8-10 weeks (June-August 2022)

Funding Availability

It is advised that students discuss potential academic credit/scholarship opportunities within their institution and partner with our department to carry out a project if funding is necessary. The remote program does not require travel or living expenses typically accrued during an internship

The application for summer 2022 is now closed. Thank you.

For any questions about the summer research program, please contact Halle Freiman (

Summer Research Student Alumni

Summer Research Lecture Recordings