Medical Student Research Project Registration

How to Become Involved with Orthopedic Research

Research productivity has become an increasingly important component of residency applications and general medical education. The Department of Orthopedic Surgery has many research opportunities suitable for medical student involvement. These opportunities include clinical, laboratory, biomechanics, imaging, database, systematic review, and quality improvement projects. Other types of projects can be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Getting involved in research within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery will necessitate completion of an online application that requires the following documentation:

  • Valid CITI training certificates (total of 2 certificates)
    • CITI Good Clinical Practice (GCP) certificate (PDF format)
    • CITI Biomedical Personnel certificate (PDF format)
  • Updated CV (PDF format)

CITI training instructions are as follows:  

  1. Go to 
  2. Click Register on the top right. Create an account through your institution and log into the website.
  3. Click on the UTHealth at Houston Course list (or applicable institution)
  4. Click “Add a Course” at the bottom.
    1. Click “Group 1: Good Clinical Practice (GCP)” and “Human Subjects Research (HSR), then click “Group 1: Biomedical Researcher and Key Personnel”
    2. You will be taking the “Group 1: Biomedical Personnel” and “Group 1: Good Clinical Practice (GCP)” courses.

Once you have all your application materials ready to upload, please navigate to the Medical Student Project Registration Form ( to complete the application. The application should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete if all documents are available.

*It is a requirement to fill out this application to become involved with orthopedic research. This will streamline the process for medical student involvement and ensure aligned interests on paired projects.