Student Internships

Students at all levels from undergraduate college through doctoral postgraduate study are encouraged to contact us for further information about projects and internships. Currently we have students studying in the areas of biomedical engineering, biochemistry, dentistry and medicine.


Orthopaedic Residents

The Orthopaedic Residency Training Program for Boston University Medical Center accepts five applicants per year one of whom is selected for the 6-year program which includes one year devoted to full-time laboratory research. Applicants for that 6-year track are reviewed separately from the other applicants to the program. The resident will perform an internship and a PGY-2 year of residency (first year in orthopaedic surgery) which will be followed by the year in the laboratory. He or she will then complete their remaining three years of the orthopaedic training program.  During the year in the laboratory, the resident will be involved in at least one major project for which he/she will be principal investigator as well as two or three others as co-investigator.


Department of Orthopaedic Surgery – Research Fellowship 

We are seeking candidates who are current Boston University medical students and demonstrate an interest in the field of orthopaedic surgery. The Total Joint Research Laboratory at Boston Medical Center is a renowned practice led by Dr. Eric Smith. We offer medical students who are interested in orthopaedics the opportunity to participate in clinical research and shadow joint surgeons Drs. Eric Smith, David Freccero and Michael Kain in clinic and the operating room. The goals of this fellowship are:

  • To introduce clinical topics in orthopaedic research;
  • To write up study results for potential publication and presentation;
  • To understand legal, ethical and regulatory aspects of research;
  • To acquire basic knowledge and experience of research protocol development including literature searches, study design, data collection, statistical analysis and interpretation, IRB application, and manuscript writing;
  • Gain insight into the clinical practice of orthopaedics through shadowing opportunities in clinic and the operating room

The Research Fellow will work primarily with Drs. Smith, Freccero and Kain and members of their research team, including, research manager, residents, physician assistants as well as colleagues in other orthopaedic surgical subspecialties. An important aspect of the research fellowship is the opportunity to gain experience working in an orthopaedic clinic caring for patients. They will be encouraged to shadow our physicians from across subspecialties in all aspects of patient care. The Research Fellow will also attend all educational programs of the Division.  At the end of the fellowship, the Fellow is expected to have a rich knowledge in orthopaedic surgery, and have completed multiple studies, which can be presented at major orthopaedic meetings and published in peer reviewed journals.

This fellowship is unpaid and offered only to medical students. We ask you to make a commitment of at least six months part-time (within which four weeks full-time, usually in the summer, would be ideal). The following qualifications are not required but preferred:

  • Experience managing or assisting with clinical, epidemiological or laboratory research
  • Experience writing research manuscripts
  • Previous coursework in statistics and/or ability to perform statistical analyses using statistical programs (R, SAS, STATA, SPSS, Python, etc.)
  • Background in computer sciences or coding, especially experience working on secondary datasets including the National Inpatient Sample
  • Familiarity with the clinical applications, such as eMerge Epic, PACS, etc.

If you are interested in applying, please complete the attached application form and send the application form back along with the documents listed below to Ruijia Niu, Research Project Manager, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Ruijia.Niu@bmc.org.  You are welcome to contact Ruijia via email or phone (617) 414-6269 with any questions.

□ Current CV

□ Unofficial/official copy of undergraduate transcript

□ Completed Questionnaire (found on page 2)

□ Writing Sample

□ Letter(s) of Recommendation (optional, but suggested)

□ Copy of photo ID (License, student ID, etc.)


Click here for the application: Fellowship Application 2018-2019