The goal of IGOT’s Global Research Initiative is to enable orthopaedic surgeons from low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) to conduct high-quality studies on how to reduce the burden of musculoskeletal disease in resource-poor environments. To achieve this goal, IGOT hosts the annual “International Research Symposium,” provides guidance on study design and data management for partner institutions, and supports the year-long Morgan and Madison McClellan International Research Fellowship for one 3rd/4th year medical student. Since 2006, IGOT has worked with 65 global leaders across 10 countries on 45 research projects and facilitated the travel of 50 IGOT ambassadors and scholars to and from our partner institutions.
Current Research Study Title
IM Nail vs. External Fixator for Open Tibia Fracture Long-term Follow Up
A Pilot Masked, Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating Locally-applied Gentamicin versus Saline in Open Tibia Fractures (pGO-Tibia)
Above-Knee Amputation Cost-Effective Analysis
Below-Knee Amputation Cost-Effective Analysis
K-Wire vs. Flexible Nail for Pediatric Femur Fractures
Flaps Follow Up Registry
Terry, Shearer, Morshed
Total Joint Replacement Registry
Trauma Observership Study
Sabharwal, Shearer, Morshed
SIGN Database Study
Open Tibial Shaft Fracture Treatment Practices in Africa
Predictors of Quality of Life and Economic Impact after Open Tibia Fractures
Surgical Outcomes of Children Treated for Gluteal Fibrosis in Uganda
Epidemiology and Clinical Outcomes for Pediatric Patients with Post-Injection Paralysis
Injection Risk Analysis for Gluteal Fibrosis and Flaccid Paralysis
Outcomes of Vascularised Free Fibula Flaps
Validation of Outcome Instrument for Gluteal Fibrosis
TB Osteo in Children and Adolescents
Quality of Life and Outcomes after Open Tibia Fractures
Research Priorities in Latin America Delphi Study
Soft-Tissue Management and Wound Vacuum Survey
COACT: Motivations and Impact of Resident Rotations Qualitative Follow-Up
Find out more about our current research studies here.
Pictured here: Megan Pendleton, PhD, a UCSF medical student, at her ACTUAR project site visit in the IMSS hospital in Mexico City
ACTUAR Summer Research Fellowship
The Asociación de Cirujanos Traumatólogos de las Americas (ACTUAR) is an international organization of orthopaedic trauma surgeons interested in building research capacity across institutions throughout Latin America. ACTUAR is housed within the Orthopaedic Trauma Institute (OTI) in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. The ACTUAR Summer Research Fellowship provides medical students at accredited US institutions the opportunity to participate in and collaborate on clinical research projects organized through the ACTUAR network, including travel to partner study sites in Latin America. The OTI faculty work with the students on obtaining summer stipend funding from their institution to cover living expenses abroad.
Medical students at an accredited US institution
Experience with clinical research
Proficient Spanish-speaking skills
Previous work experience in a Latin American country
Pictured here: Claire Donnelley and Ericka Von Kaeppler, 2019-2020 IGOT Research Fellows
IGOT Research Fellows
Medical students between their third and fourth years take 10-months to 1-year off to join the IGOT team on various research projects. IGOT Research Fellows work on multiple projects during their term. IGOT has one internally funded research fellow every year through the Morgan and Madison McClellan International Research Fellowship. See below for more information on the Morgan and Madison McClellan International Research Fellowship. Other IGOT Research Fellows are funded by external grants that students apply for through their home institution.
Meet the current and past Morgan and Madison McClellan International Research Fellows here. Meet the current and past externally funded IGOT Research Fellows here.
Pictured here: Dr. Trigg McClellan and Patrick Albright, 2018-2019 McClellan Research Fellow
Donate to the Morgan and Madison McClellan International Research Fellowship here.
The Morgan and Madison McClellan International Research Fellowship
The Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Global Research Initiative offers the Morgan and Madison McClellan International Research Fellowship. The 10-month to 1-year opportunity is for third and fourth-year medical students interested in orthopaedic surgery and global health. The specialist research position is designed to build upon fundamental skills and hands-on research experience critical to implementing orthopaedic research projects globally. This endowed fellowship was started by a generous gift from Dr. Trigg McClellan of the Orthopaedic Trauma Institute in honor of his daughters, Morgan and Madison McClellan. A stipend will be provided to the research fellow for living expenses including UCSF benefits.
Baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or four years of equivalent research experience
Third-year or fourth-year medical student
Verification of authorization to work in the United States
Applicants who have a strong interest in global health and orthopaedics
Prior clinical research experience
Unofficial medical school transcript
One letter of recommendation
One-page personal statement
Updated curriculum vitae
Official USMLE Step 1 Score Report (if you are unable to take your Step 1 prior to the deadline, please email email@example.com)
The 2021-2022 Morgan and Madison McClellan International Research Fellowship application is now closed. The next cycle will open around November.