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The Mass General Foot and Ankle Research and Innovation Lab (FARIL) is a groundbreaking initiative by the MGH foot and ankle service focused on pioneering breakthroughs in foot and ankle research and innovation that will directly impact the care of the foot and ankle patients. Lead by Dr. Christopher W. DiGiovanni, researchers are considering the biggest issues facing foot and ankle care today. Specifically, our research addresses how to diagnose and treat complex foot injuries such as fifth metatarsal fracture, syndesmotic instability and Lisfranc injuries.
Perhaps the most important quality of FARIL is its ability to integrate all aspects of Foot and Ankle care by incorporating every facet of research. From top institutions in the US to internationally recognized academia, FARIL researchers bring their diverse training and experience to create new tests and treatments. FARIL also brings together organizations (MGH research institute, AOFAS) and industry leaders to implement new technology used to treat foot and ankle injuries. With patient care at its center, FARIL brings every component of foot and ankle research to one cutting-edge location.
Right now, researchers are pioneering new ultrasound techniques to create a dynamic picture of the ankle. This will allow physicians to accurately diagnose ankle injuries that would have previously been difficult or even impossible to recognize without surgery. The lab is also developing new treatment methods for common foot and ankle problems. New arthroplasty techniques and equipment are being established to improve and perfect total ankle replacement. Biomechanic studies are being undertaken to improve surgical techniques and reduce recovery time. These are just some of the ways FARIL leads the way in foot and ankle research.
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Long-term positions are available for those pursuing a PhD or the equivalent at their respective institution. These positions generally last 2 to 3 years, and it is expected that candidates will independently manage multiple research projects and assist leading the lab.
If interested in any positions, please contact Brian Fenn at email@example.com.
The Foot and Ankle Research and Innovation Lab researches all aspect of foot and ankle health. We are looking for dedicated, hardworking, independent students who are interested in foot and ankle science. Under the direction of a Post-doc or MD, the intern would help with study design, data collection and many other key aspects of studies.
Opportunities to shadow various attendings would also be available if the interested. This would also give you the opportunity to work with top orthopedic surgeons from around the world. We accept applications from all backgrounds but prefer those who are studying a natural science, engineering, or the pre-med track. The internship would run throughout the summer (June 15th-August 10th) and take place at the Foot and Ankle research lab located in Weston, Mass. This internship would be unpaid and full time. This opportunity is great for a student looking for more research experience in the medical field.
How to apply: If you are interested in the summer internship, please complete this form and submit supporting documents:
Letter writers may submit their letter online.
Application will be open until January 16th, 2019.
If you have any questions, please contact Brian Fenn at Bfenn@mgh.harvard.edu
Summer research opportunity- The Foot and Ankle Research and Innovation Lab researches all aspect of foot and ankle health. We are looking for dedicated, hardworking, independent students who are interested in foot and ankle science. The medical student would help with study design, data collection and many other key aspects of studies. Students would have the opportunity to work on projects ranging from biomechanics to advanced imaging techniques. Opportunities to shadow various attendings would also be available if the interested. This would also give you the opportunity to work with top orthopedic surgeons from around the world. Medical students would be expected to contribute ideas to the lab and work on an independent research project. With one of the largest hospital databases at their disposal, students have a great opportunity work on projects that will shape the future of foot and ankle care. The internship would run throughout the summer (June 15th-August 10th) and take place at the Foot and Ankle research lab located in Weston, Mass as well as Mass General main campus in Boston. This internship would be unpaid and full time.
If you are interested in supporting the Foot and Ankle Research and Innovation Lab, visit the Orthopaedic Surgery Philanthropy page. In the designation, please be sure to put the Foot and Ankle Research and innovation lab. Thank you for your support!
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