Clinician Scholar Development Program

The AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Development Program (CSDP) 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.

CSDP 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 2014 Clinician Scholar Development Program (CSDP) will be held September 25-27, 2014, 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, 2014 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 CSDP 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

2013 CSDP Agenda

2012 CSDP Agenda

2011 CSDP Agenda

2010 CSDP Agenda

2009 CSDP Agenda

2008 CSDP Agenda

2007 CSDP Agenda

2006 CSDP Agenda

Additional Resources

Clinician Scientist Career Development Timeline
(Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Online)

NIH Career Development Awards