Richard H. Rothman Research Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Richard H. Rothman Research Fellowship. Since Dr. Rothman founded our program in 1970, we have been committed to advancing the field of orthopaedic surgery through research.  The adult reconstruction division has continued to produce high-quality research to improve the care of our patients. 

The Rothman Fellowship has a proven track record of success for aspiring surgeon scientists, offering a world-class faculty, an interactive didactic curriculum, and networking opportunities.  Fellows will gain insight into the scholarly career of an academic clinician, through protected research time, collaboration, funding opportunities, and work-life balance.  While we have always welcomed visiting students from around the world to participate in our research mission, the Richard H. Rothman Fellowship is a unique year-long opportunity for mentorship for rising fourth-year US medical students.  We are seeking motivated students who want to train in a research-oriented environment that is on the cutting edge of orthopaedic care.  

Clinical Experience

A unique aspect of the Richard H. Rothman Adult Reconstruction Fellowship is the opportunity to engage with the faculty in the clinic and operating room.  Our fellows do not just spend their time behind a spreadsheet or in a lab, they are actively involved in the clinical practice of the division.  Rothman fellows will spend at least one half-day per week in the office in Center City, gaining valuable experience evaluating and caring for joint replacement patients.  They will also have the opportunity to observe primary and complex revision total joint procedures in the operating room.  Fellows also participate in the didactic curriculum of the department and are strongly encouraged to attend weekly department Grand Rounds, monthly journal clubs held at a faculty member’s home, and weekly case conferences.  Mentorship is another important part of any year-long experience for medical students.  All of the faculty are truly invested in seeing our fellows succeed. 

Research Opportunities

The Richard H. Rothman Adult Reconstruction Research Fellowship is a funded, year-long position starting each summer (flexible start date) for students who have completed their third year of medical school.  While many students are taking a year-out to pursue other academic interests, we offer a well-rounded program of research, clinical exposure, and mentorship to help enhance the careers of tomorrow’s orthopaedic thought leaders.  Our department has 36 full-time research staff to help with IRB submission, statistical analysis, database search, and manuscript submission.  Our extensive database covers outcomes, patient satisfaction and detailed hospital and billing information among others.  Rothman research fellows have traveled to present their award-winning work on the podium at the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Musculoskeletal Infection Society (MSIS), and Eastern Orthopaedic Association (EOA) meetings.  Fellows have been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. Most fellows will complete several, high quality, peer-reviewed publications in high impact journals upon completion of the program, many as first author.  We also recognize that the orthopaedic surgery residency match continues to become more competitive each year and prior Rothman fellows have been successful at matching at the top programs.   You will work with academically-active and extremely engaged clinical faculty who all share a passion for research.  Our faculty are leading experts in their fields, with specific research interests in periprosthetic joint infection, health policy and economics, and clinical outcomes following hip and knee arthroplasty.  

Application Process


All applicants should complete their third year of medical school before starting the research fellowship at an accredited program in the United States.  The applicant should be considering a career in orthopaedic surgery.

Salary and Benefits
Richard H. Rothman Fellows will be paid a competitive stipend and health benefits.  Travel to orthopaedic meetings to present your work will also be covered through the Fellowship.  

How to Apply
Please download and complete the application. You can e-mail it to

Anne Strulson, Rothman Orthopaedic Institute
Richard H. Rothman Adult Reconstruction Research Fellowship
Sheridan Building
125 S. 9th Street, 10th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107



In addition to the application, please submit the following:
⦁    One paragraph essay detailing your interest in the Richard H. Rothman Fellowship
⦁    A copy of your CV

The application and all supplemental materials must be received by February 15th for consideration for the upcoming academic year's Fellowship.  Virtual interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis beginning in January, so please return application materials as soon as possible.  A decision will be made by early March.  The Fellowship will begin July 1st. The start date is flexible based on completion of third year clerkships but the research fellow is expected to commit to the duration of an entire year.

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