Research Fellow 2019-2020 Funded by Operation Rainbow
Ericka attended Yale University where she earned her B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology in 2013. She is an MD-PhD student at Stanford University and defended her Ph.D. thesis (Interleukin 4 protects against post-traumatic osteoarthritis) in the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. “As an IGOT research fellow in 2019-2020, I am so excited to spend the year learning new skills about international orthopaedic research from the incredible IGOT team at UCSF. So far, I have completed coursework in biostatistical computing and applied these new principles to projects related to the burden and care of traumatic orthopaedic injuries in low- and middle-income countries. Though the learning curve has been steep, I have already gained so much valuable knowledge and am looking forward to continuing work on IGOT projects around the world.” After her research fellowship, Ericka will complete her medical school studies at Stanford University and hope to ultimately pursue a career as an academic orthopaedic surgeon in the future.
Research Fellow 2018-2019 Funded by Doris Duke Fellowship
Syed graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2015 with a B.Sc. in Biochemistry. He is also the Class of 2020 at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. Syed received a Doris Duke international clinical research fellowship for the 2018-2019 year to research at Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute in Tanzania. Syed’s primary projects involved setting up and implementing a randomized trial to reduce infection after open tibia fractures, and developing a registry to capture outcomes following total joint replacement surgery in developing settings. “Getting to conduct research on the ground, and participate in improving Orthopaedic care, in a low- and middle-income setting was an incredible opportunity. I learned just as much from my coworkers and the wonderful Tanzanian people as I did during my medical school coursework, and loved every day of the work we performed - despite the challenges of working in a resource-limited area.” Syed is planning to pursue a career in academic Orthopaedic surgery, and remain involved in global Orthopaedics research going forward. He found the clinical research, interpersonal, and managerial skills he developed during his year to be indispensable and highly recommends applying to all interested medical students.
Research Fellow 2017-2018 Funded by UCSF rAPTR
John completed his undergraduate degree in Neurobiology and Healthcare Management at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. He also completed his medical training at the University of California San Francisco in 2019. John received the UCSF Yearlong Inquiry Program research grant (2017-2018) and worked on two main projects based at the Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute (MOI) in Tanzania. The first project is the Gentamicin Open Tibia- Randomized Control Trial of Local Antibiotics vs. Control (GO Tibia) project. With Dr. Shearer, Dr. Haonga, and Dr. Ndalama, he created the GO Tibia research question and grant proposal, protocol, and IRB/NIMR ethical application. The second project is the K-Wire vs. Flexible Nail for Pediatric Femur Fractures study. Under the guidance of Dr. Curran and Dr. Shearer, John spent 2 months in Tanzania developing the standard operating procedure and REDCap data collection system with the pediatric orthopaedic fellows and research coordinators at MOI. “The research year and my time in Tanzania demonstrated the impact that finances can have on health. Low-income families and countries have fewer resources to address diseases. My time with IGOT, however, showed me that strong research partnerships and surgical education are a successful and sustainable method for addressing many of these problems. It has inspired me to continue working with under-resourced communities to find effective, yet cost-conscious, ways to prevent and treat orthopaedic diseases.” John is at the Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia for his orthopaedic residency training.