Medical Student Research

Research productivity has become an increasingly important component of residency applications and general medical education. The Department of Orthopaedic 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 Orthopaedic Surgery will necessitate completion of an online application that requires that following documentation:

  • Valid CITI training certificates (total of 2 certificates)
    • CITI Good Clinical Practice (GCP) certificate (PDF format)
    • CITI Biomedical Personnel certificate (PDF format)
  • Photograph (image formats only. Word processing documents will not be accepted)
  • Updated CV (PDF format)
Instructions for Obtaining CITI Training Certificates

(1) Go to (

(2) Click Register on the top right. Create an account through your institution and log into the website. If you have already registered, click “Log In” and enter your username and password.

(3) Click on the UTHealth at Houston Course list (or applicable institution)

(4) Click “Add a Course” at the bottom.

     a. Complete this course: “Group 1: Biomedical Researcher and Key Personnel”

     b. Complete this course: “Good Clinical Practice (GCP)”

     *Note: It is recommended to first complete the Biomedical Researcher and Key Personnel course, and then complete the GCP course afterwards.

(5) Download and save a PDF version of each course completion certificate to your computer. These certificates will be uploaded as part of the online application form.

Once you have all your application materials ready to upload, please navigate to the Medical Student Research Application to complete the application. The application should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete if all documents are available. Once completed, we will contact you within several business days to schedule an in-person meeting with appropriate research staff.