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Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowships for Medical Students
The Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is excited to introduce two research positions to medical students interested in pediatric orthopaedic surgery.
The Poggi Pediatric Orthopaedics Research Fellowship
The Johns Hopkins Poggi Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Scholar Award is a year-long fellowship program for extraordinary medical students. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge clinical research, and learn the skills necessary to produce sound, high-quality papers. Poggi fellows are a crucial part of the pediatric orthopaedic surgery team and gain clinical experience both in and out of the operating room.
Applicants should be completing their third year of medical school (in rare circumstances, uniquely qualified students finishing their second year of medical school may be considered). The student must be in good academic standing and have an interest in pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery.
Award and Stipend Benefits
The recipient of this award will receive a $30,000 stipend to cover living expenses for the year, as well as travel expenses for national presentations.
How to Apply
Eligible students can apply by filling out the application form and submitting it, along with supporting documents, to the Department of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. We will begin accepting applications on November 9, 2017.
Deadline: February 9, 2018
Please contact PoggiFellowship@jhmi.edu with any questions.
The Silberstein Pediatric Orthopaedics Research Fellowship
The Silberstein Research Fellowship, named in honor of Dr. Charles E. Silberstein, is a fellowship program for students in the first year of medical school seeking an early start to clinical experience in the orthopaedic field. This is a two-to three-month commitment during the summer. Fellows will work with the pediatric orthopaedic surgery faculty and the Poggi research fellow to bring a project to substantial completion and eventual publication.
Applicants should be completing their first or second year of medical school. The student must be in good academic standing and have an interest in pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery. He or she must also commit two to three months during the summer to participate in this fellowship. The successful applicant will be responsible, motivated, intellectually curious and work well independently and with a team.
Award and Stipend Benefits
The recipient of this award will receive a $4,000 stipend to cover living expenses for the summer, as well as travel expenses for national presentations.
How to Apply
Eligible students can apply by filling out the attached application and submitting it, along with supporting documents, to the Department of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Detailed instructions can be found on the application.
Deadline: March 15, 2018
Please contact SilbersteinFellows@jhmi.edu with any questions.
Meet our Poggi Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellows
Derek Nhan (2017-2018)
Derek Nhan is a medical student from the University of Colorado, where he is pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery. He is a member of the research track and was elected as a junior to Alpha Omega Alpha. He graduated with honors from the University of Washington with dual degrees in neurobiology and biochemistry.
As a Poggi Fellow, Derek is ecstatic to advance his training in both the clinical and research realms under mentorship from respected leaders in pediatric orthopaedics at Johns Hopkins. Additionally, he is interested in the subspecialties of spine, sports and hand. He enjoys volunteering at MedFest with the Special Olympics of Colorado, and — as a committee member of the Education/Teaching Interest Group — mentoring students to pursue careers in STEM. His other interests include supporting Washington football, playing basketball and trying out new restaurants.
Walter Klyce (2017-2018)
Walter Klyce is a medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Originally from Memphis, Tenn., he is a graduate of Harvard College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in history and literature. Walter completed the post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Columbia University.
Walter is grateful to learn from and work alongside Paul Sponseller, M.D. and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins this year. In pediatric orthopaedics, his additional interests include hand, spine and trauma. Before medical school, Walter was a high school teacher and volunteer EMT. He is an avid outdoorsman and musician, and as a performer he has appeared on two out of three stages at Carnegie Hall and on every continent but Antarctica.
Brian Sullivan (2016-2017)
Brian Sullivan is a medical student at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG), where he is pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia Honors Program with a bachelor’s degree in biology, and was inducted in Alpha Omega Alpha and the Gold Humanism Honor Society at MCG.
Brian’s career interests in pediatric orthopaedic surgery include trauma, tumor and spine. Additionally, Brian has an interest in medical ethics, and he has served on the MCG Hospital Ethics Committee during his medical training. Brian is excited to take a year out of his medical school training to explore and advance the field of pediatric orthopaedic surgery and build strong mentor relationships with some of the most renowned orthopaedic surgeons at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
Adam Margalit (2015-2016)
Adam Margalit is a medical student from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center and is pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery. He graduated summa cum laude from The Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program at the City University of New York with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences.
Adam was thrilled to accept the opportunity to work under the guidance of Paul D. Sponseller, M.D. at Johns Hopkins. Adam is interested in both pediatrics and spine surgery. In addition to orthopaedics, he enjoys practicing martial arts. He holds numerous world titles in the North American Sport Karate Association and has attained a position on the U.S. Wushu Martial Arts Team in 2007. Currently, Adam is pursuing his orthopaedic surgery residency training at Johns Hopkins.
Meet our Silberstein Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellows
Matthew Hadad, Summer 2017
Matthew Hadad is a medical student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and is pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame as a Glenna R. Joyce scholar with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences.
In pediatric orthopaedics, Matthew is most interested in treating the orthopaedic manifestations of developmental disorders, such as cerebral palsy. He is also a graduate student leader of SHARE, the medical supply recycling team at Johns Hopkins Medicine. In his free time, Matthew enjoys weight lifting, watching Ohio State and Notre Dame football, and playing video games.
Ethan Cottrill, Summer 2016
Ethan Cottrill is an M.D.-Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He grew up on a cattle and row-crop farm in southern Ohio, then attended college at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. After college, Ethan joined Teach for America and spent two years teaching middle and high school science classes in the Arkansas Delta. During this time, he also earned his M.S. in education.
Ethan aspires to a career as an academic physician-scientist with appointments in pediatrics, orthopaedic surgery and biomedical/tissue engineering at a leading research-intensive medical institution. His other interests include cars, horses, farming and basketball.
About the Poggi Family
The family of Francis "Biff" X. Poggi and Amy Poggi endowed the Poggi Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Scholar Award as an extension of their interest in teaching and mentorship. It was given in gratitude for care provided at Johns Hopkins. Baltimore native Biff Poggi, an investment banker and football coach, spent more than 15 years leading the Gilman School’s football team to national prominence. He has transitioned to assistant head coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines. Biff and Amy, both graduates of Duke University, have three sons, Samuel, James and Henry, and two daughters, Mellie and Mary.
About Dr. Charles E. Silberstein
Dr. Charles E. Silberstein served as a member of the Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for 45 years. He retired in 2011, but not before he became professor emeritus. Dr. Silberstein’s 57-year career as a physician enriched the lives of patients, students and colleagues alike. His lifelong interest in the care of children with disabilities led to his 42-year affiliation with the Kennedy Krieger Institute, where he remains on staff. His establishment of the Special Program for Children with Disabilities (now the Bennett Institute Physically Challenged Sports Program), has helped raise the self-esteem of hundreds of children through healthy competition.
Dr. Silberstein obtained his doctor of medicine from the University of Maryland in 1958. He then completed his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia in 1963 before serving as the NIH post-doctoral fellow at Jefferson, where he received his M.S.in 1964. After returning to Baltimore to begin his orthopaedic practice, he came under the tutelage and mentorship of Dr. Winthrop M. Phelps, founder and Director of the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute in Reisterstown, which then was relocated to Baltimore City to become the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI). He has been associated with KKI since its opening in 1967, serving as director of the Orthopaedic Surgery Section from 1992
Renowned for his generous care for the underserved, Dr. Silberstein donated countless hours of care throughout Maryland during his career. He travelled to Allegheny, Garrett, Washington, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties for decades to hold clinics for those without the means to travel to Baltimore. He followed many children from infancy to adulthood, and provided orthopaedic care for adults with special needs. Dr. Silberstein also served for many years as a team physician and advisor for the Orioles and for Johns Hopkins University Athletics.
His steady presence and good judgment have made him a cornerstone of orthopaedics in Baltimore.