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.

Details, Eligibility and Application

  • Program duration: one year
  • 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).
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing and have an interest in pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery.
  • 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.
  • Eligible students can apply by filling out the application form and submitting the following supplemental documents to [email protected]: one letter of recommendation, an unofficial medical school transcript, an updated curriculum vitae, and a PDF of their official USMLE Step 1 score report.
  • Application period: October 1 - December 31, 2023 (11:59 PM EST).
  • For more information: view the fellowship brochure.

I didn't even think twice about accepting the offer. Having the ability to collaborate with so many remarkably gifted surgeons and researchers on a daily basis has been truly incredible and I feel lucky to be able to take part in this experience.

Caleb Gottlich, 2018-2019 Poggi Fellow

Program Components


The Poggi Fellow will be involved in a variety of research projects designed to answer questions and solve problems in the areas of pediatric orthopaedic trauma, sports medicine, spine, hip and hand disorders, patient safety and healthcare quality and value, as well as medical economics. Completed projects by Poggi Fellows will be submitted for publication in the best orthopaedic journals and presentations at national and international conferences.

Clinical Experience

Poggi Fellows participate actively in the outpatient clinical program, including weekly outpatient clinics. Poggi Fellows see patients alongside the pediatric orthopaedic faculty, developing mastery of pediatric physical exam of fractures, shoulders, knees, spines and hips, image interpretation and decision-making. By the end of the year, Poggi Fellows are able to function independently in the clinic.


All attending physicians in our program are involved in research and available as mentors. Fellows meet with Dr. Sponseller and pediatric faculty several times a week to ensure satisfactory supervision and mentorship.

Meet our Poggi Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellows

Fellowship Faculty

  • R. Jay Lee, M.D.

    • Director, Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship
    • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Paul David Sponseller, M.D.

    • Chief, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics
    • Sponseller Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedics
    • Professor of Urology
    • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Professor of Urology
  • Ranjit Abraham Varghese, M.B.B.S.

    • Medical Director, Arthrogryposis Clinic
    • Medical Director, Ortho-Cerebral Palsy Program, Kennedy Krieger Institute
    • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery


Please contact [email protected] with any questions.