The Clinical Orthopedic and Musculoskeletal Education and Training Program (COMET) is an NIH-funded T32 training program based at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. COMET is intended to train highly qualified pre- and post-doctoral trainees in rigorous clinical research methods to address pressing problems relating to orthopedic and musculoskeletal disorders. The range of methodologies suitable for support is wide, including epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, pharmaco-epidemiology, policy modeling, decision making and decision analysis among others. The range of substantive topics is similarly wide, encompassing orthopedic surgical interventions and disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system including, but not limited to, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, spinal disorders, regional musculoskeletal disorders, tendon, ligament and other soft tissue conditions, and musculoskeletal pain. The research must be carried out on humans. Research focused on inflammatory disorders (such as rheumatoid arthritis) are appropriate if the research specifically involves orthopedic interventions or musculoskeletal manifestations such as osteoporosis and fracture.
Per NIH guidelines, applicants must be citizens of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Underrepresented minority groups including are strongly encouraged to apply.
Trainees accepted for the program will be funded, in general, for two years, conditional on a progress report at the end of the first year. The training grant covers salary or stipend, travel to professional meetings, and other training-related expenses. The postdoctoral award will cover 60% of tuition for the Program in Clinical Effectiveness at Harvard School of Public Health (up to ~16K/year). The predoctoral award includes a stipend for 60% of tuition for PhD candidates up to ~16K/year. Applicants must be nominated by a mentor who is an independently funded investigator. One or more COMET program core faculty members must be involved in the trainee’s work.
We are accepting applications for slots beginning in July 2020. Please see the URL below for more information about the program and for application materials.