Research & Policy

Clinician Scholar Career Development Program


Congratulations to the 2021 CSCDP participants! Watch this page for updates on the 2022 program and application process.

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 2021 workshop took place September 16-18, 2021, in Rosemont, Illinois. Visit the ORS website for more information about the program.

2021 Participants

Daniel D. Bohl, MD

Daniel D. Bohl, MD, MPH

"The CSCDP was a 48-hour immersion into the world of an orthopaedic clinician-scientist and featured a 'who's who' of the most prominent orthopaedic researchers nationwide. Incredibly helpful sessions... prepare the young orthopaedic surgeon for the competitive field of high-level orthopaedic research. I recommend this program to anyone who is towards the beginning of their orthopaedic career and is serious about making a difference through clinical or basic orthopaedic research."


Natalie R. Danna, MD

Natalie R. Danna, MD

"The CSCDP program was comprehensive. Speakers addressed idea generation, funding opportunities, scholarly writing, academic promotion, time management, and work/life balance. They set the stage for participants to develop a longitudinal research program that will align with their career goals. The faculty was engaging and approachable. Rather than feeling fried after hours of presentations and discussions, I felt invigorated and excited for the opportunities ahead."

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."