Research & Policy

Clinician Scholar Career Development Program


Congratulations to the 2019 CSCDP participants! Watch this page for updates on the CSCDP program and 2020 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 2019 workshop will take place September 19-21, 2019, at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Congratulations to Niall A. Smyth, MD, and Christoper W. Reb, DO, on their selection as the AOFAS participants for the 2019 CSCDP workshop!


2019 Participants


Niall A. Smyth, MD

Dr. Smyth is a foot and ankle orthopaedic fellow at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Previously, he completed a Research Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and orthopaedic surgery residency training at the University of Miami. A co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, Dr. Smyth was an organizer of the International Congress on Cartilage Repair of the Ankle in 2017 and has served on the AOFAS Research Committee and Young Physicians Committee.


Christopher Reb, DO

Christopher W. Reb, DO

As an assistant professor and chief of the Foot and Ankle Surgery Division at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Dr. Reb is actively involved with clinical research. Prior to joining the UF faculty, he completed his foot and ankle fellowship training at the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center in Westerville, Ohio. Dr. Reb has served as the Vice Chair and Chair of the AOFAS Young Physicians Committee and is the current Vice Chair of the Physician Resource Center Committee.


Past Participants

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."