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Published 4/1/2010

USBJD seeks young investigators

In 2005, the United States Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD) began a Young Investigators Initiative, a grant mentoring program to provide early-career clinical investigators an opportunity to work with experienced researchers in the field and assist them in securing funding and other survival skills required for pursuing an academic career. Since the program began, 65 participants have obtained more than $36 million in approved research grants.

Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, was one of the first AAOS members admitted to the Young Investigators Initiative. “The USBJD Young Investigators Program was incredibly valuable to me in achieving my goal of becoming an independently funded health services researcher,” said Dr. Bozic. “The didactic sessions, the one-on-one mentoring, and the networking opportunities gave me the unique opportunity to interact with an experienced group of musculoskeletal scientists and clinician researchers who have successfully navigated the federal funding process.”

Other participants echo his remarks. According to Andreas H. Gomoll, MD, a 2007 program participant, “This program is exactly what young investigators at my stage need to plot a path toward a successful career as a clinical scientist.”

Could you be next?
The program is open to promising junior faculty, senior fellows, or postdoctoral researchers nominated by their department or division chairs. It is also open to senior fellows or residents who are doing research and have a faculty appointment in place or confirmed. Basic and clinical investigators, with or without training awards (including K awards), are invited to apply.

Investigators selected to take part in the program attend two workshops, 12–18 months apart, and work with faculty between workshops to develop their grant applications. The next workshop is scheduled to take place in October 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The unique aspect of this program is the opportunity for attendees to maintain a relationship with a mentor until their application is funded.

The application deadline is July 15, 2010; call for applications.