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Clinical and research observership in Boston

International Observership in Orthopedic Surgery

Offered in Co-Operation with the AAOS Global Orthopaedic Opportunituies - International Center for Orthopedic Education

Observership Details:

This opportunity is a clinical observership near Boston, Massachusetts sponsored by Henry DeGroot III, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedics, and offered in cooperation with the ICOE/AAOS "Global Opportunities in Orthopaedics" Program.

The experience will focus on the practice of orthopedic surgery, with emphasis on the evaluation, diagnosis, and surgical treatment of the foot and ankle, as well as bone tumors, soft tissue tumors, and metastastic lesions in the skeleton. The observer will participate in the ambulatory clinic, observe (but not scrub) in the operating room, and participate in the didactic lecture schedule, grand rounds and other educational programs available. In addition, the participant will be expected to assist in creating materials for addition to the bone tumor web site, bonetumor.org.

The program is intended as an educational opportunity for international orthopedic surgeons, and strong preference is given to individuals who intend to return to their country to practice orthopedic surgery following the conclusion of the program. The program is not intended to facilitate the process of becoming a permanent resident of the USA.

The participant is expected to complete a clinical research project for publication in a peer-reviewed publication. In addition, the participant will have an opportunity to present a clinical research project at a local or regional meeting. The experience is intended to be three months long, but there is flexibility. A certificate of completion is provided by the sponsor.

This opportunity is best suited for a young orthopedic surgeon who is beginning his or her practice or has been in practice for a few years. This observership is not suitable for a senior surgeon with many years of experience.

Do not submit applications by e-mail.
See below for applications instructions.

If you do not follow these guidelines,
we will not consider your application.

We encourage all individuals to participate regardless of race, gender, religion or nationality. Participants should have excellent command of the English language. Conversational skills in French, Spanish, Portugese, or Italian are also helpful but not necessary.

Travel, housing, and other expenses are not paid for by the sponsor, and no salary is offered. The sponsor cannot provide money-making employment for the applicant. Out-of pocket costs would include travel, room, and meals.

Update 2013 June: Free housing is currently not available.

The participant is responsible for getting the visa necessary to enter the United States of America. We will supply a letter of invitation, an a "letter of support" for applicants who are accepted.

We welcome you to apply. We have had five ICOE/GOO fellows and all have found the experience extremely valuable educationally. In addition, Boston Massachusetts is one of the most beautiful cities in America and it is home to many famous Universities. There are numerous opportunities for additional educational experience in the area. The location is near many popular tourist destinations. Boston's rich history and international culture make it an ideal location for this educational opportunity.


Please contact us via e-mail at the address questions(at)drdegroot.comif you are planing to submit an application. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION! Just send us a message stating your interest. We will give you the available dates and help you decide if the program is suitable for you. Once we have heard form you and invited you to apply, then you may send your application as detailed below.

To apply, you will need to submit, by mail, a complete curriculum vitae, as well as copies of your certificates of medical training and your certificate of orthopedic surgery training. You should have the director of your orthopedic surgery training program send a letter of support for your application directly. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Observership period are normally three months, but there is flexibility depending on the individual needs of the participants.

Once we have received this information, we will contact selected applicants by email and by telephone to verify their application. If your qualifications and interests are a good match for the goals of the observership, you will be invited to participate. Applicants may also register for this observership through the AAOS-Global Ortho Opportunities Program-ICOE, but the documents listed above must be sent to us.

We must have documentation on file in our institution of immunization status for TB, Hepatitis, and Measles in order to participate.
Send us all these documents with your application - we must have them well prior to the time you begin the observership.

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