Clinician Scholar Career Development Program

The AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Career Development Program (CSCDP) is an annual program seeking applicants in their PGY2-PGY 5 residency years, in fellowships, and Junior Faculty through year three who have the potential/desire to become orthopaedic clinician scientists. Up to 15 participants are selected to participate in the 1.5 day CSDP training workshop.

CSCDP topics include the following:

  • Overview of the Clinician Scientist (Scholar) Timeline
  • Peer Review Process
  • Grant Writing 101
  • Navigating the National Institutes of Health
  • Resources of the NIH Intramural Research Program
  • Collaborating with Scientists
  • Career Training for Basic Scientists
  • Career Training for Clinical Scientists
  • Establishing a Mentor
  • New Initiatives and Alternate Approaches
  • The Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) in the Development of the Clinician Scientist
  • The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) in the Development of the Clinician Scientist
  • OREF from an MD Perspective
  • Role of the Department of Defense (DoD)/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • The Surgeon Scientist: A Chairman’s Perspective
  • A Personal Perspective: Balancing it All

The 2015 Clinician Scholar Career Development Program (CSCDP) will be held September 17-19, 2015, in Rosemont, IL.

Download Application

The completed application form, an electronic version of your curriculum vitae (Word or PDF are accepted) and a PDF / scanned version of a letter of support from your department chair must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM CST on March 31, 2015 to

Project History

Orthopaedic clinician scholars continue to generate significant contributions to the field of orthopaedics. Unfortunately, due to a variety of factors at play in the healthcare environment, the number of clinician scientists has been on the decline in recent years. The decline in the numbers of both active clinician scientists and those entering this career path has long been of concern to the Academy. As a means of confronting this issue, the Academy created the Clinician Scientist Programs Committee (CSPC), now under the auspices of the Council on Research, Quality Assessment and Technology. As a result of reorganization efforts, the CSPC merged with the Research Committee to form the Research Development Committee (RDC). The RDC works closely with the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) and the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) on programs focusing on developing Clinician Scientists.

The RDC is charged with developing pathways that facilitate careers for orthopaedic clinician scientists. The committee, along with OREF and ORS, provide a continuum of training and a variety of opportunities for current and future clinician scientists.

As the RDC progresses in its efforts, it aims to partner with others to develop a cadre of orthopaedic clinician scientists who will lead the research efforts to find new methodologies to treat and cure orthopaedic related illnesses and injuries. The AAOS/OREF/ORS CSCDP is a first step in the career path for clinician scientists. This program offers the orthopaedic profession a new source of clinician scientists engaged in research that advances orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal medicine.

Past Program Participants














Recent CSDP Final Program Agendas

2014 CSCDP Agenda

2013 CSCDP Agenda

2012 CSCDP Agenda

2011 CSCDP Agenda

2010 CSCDP Agenda

2009 CSCDP Agenda

2008 CSCDP Agenda

2007 CSCDP Agenda

2006 CSCDP Agenda

Additional Resources

NIH Career Development Awards