Research & Policy

Clinician Scholar Career Development Program


The AOFAS-sponsored application for the CSCDP is now closed.
Apply directly through the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) for a non-AOFAS sponsored application by March 31, 2020.

The Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Clinician Scholar Career Development Program (CSCDP) offers a comprehensive training workshop to encourage and educate future orthopaedic clinician-scientists and investigators. The annual program is open to residents in PGY-2 to PGY-5, fellows, and junior faculty through year three who have the potential and desire to become orthopaedic clinician-scientists.

AOFAS sponsors 1-2 members to participate in the CSCDP each year. The 2020 workshop will take place September 24-26, 2020, in Rosemont, Illinois. Visit the ORS website for more information about the program.

Past Participants

Niall Smyth, MD

Niall A. Smyth, MD
2019 CSCDP Participant

"The CSCDP allows the attendees extensive insight into what is required to obtain extramural funding, from local grants all the way to federal dollars. One thing made abundantly clear was that it is not easy! That being said, attending this course lays the groundwork to embark on a rewarding academic career."


Christopher Reb, DO

Christopher W. Reb, DO
2019 CSCDP Participant

"The opportunities to gain insights were everywhere... Much time was allocated to encouraging introspection and cultivating peer-to-peer conversations. In these dialogues, I encountered much empathy, new ideas, and opportunities to mentor and be mentored."


Michael C. Aynardi, MD

Michael C. Aynardi, MD
2018 CSCDP Participant

"While I learned a lot about additional opportunities and research tips to help progress my ideas, the most valuable aspects were the networking and connections I developed with the faculty who are all highly accomplished scientists in orthopaedics... I would highly recommend this program."



Jonathan R.M. Kaplan, MD
2018 CSCDP Participant

"As clinician scholars we had the opportunity to hear firsthand experiences from faculty members with a wide array of backgrounds... Upon leaving the CSCDP I have already developed a series of program ideas to take back to my institution and research team."