Faculty Instructor of Record and Student Liaison: Eric Giza, MD

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Summer Scholar Program is offered to UC Davis Medical Students during the summer between their 1st and 2nd years of medical school.  This program is designed to introduce students to research opportunities in orthopaedic basic science, translational science, and clinical research in orthopaedics.

This six-week program includes both research and clinical components.  UC Davis Students accepted into this program will complete a research project; spend one day per week in the operating room and a half day per week in clinic.  Additionally, the student will attend weekly lectures and discussion groups that will allow the student to develop their understanding of both medical research and clinical orthopaedics.  Students will be introduced to both clinical and laboratory musculoskeletal research and will learn how to follow a line of investigation and write a scientific publishable manuscript. UC Davis students will also have the opportunity to observe orthopaedic surgical procedures with a variety of our clinical faculty. It is an excellent opportunity for students interested in general surgery or a surgical sub-specialty to review musculoskeletal anatomy and medicine.

A similar educational experience, without the opportunity for credit or funding/stipends, may be available to medical students outside the University of California, Davis.

Eight units are available for credit if the UC Davis student chooses not to pursue funding or a stipend.  UC Davis Students may apply fora stipend through the Medical Student Research Fellowship, offered through the School of Medicine’s Office of Medical Research or outside resources. 

Upon completion of the summer program, the student will submit an evaluation on the course as well as receive feedback from the assigned supervising faculty member.  Learn more about the Orthopaedic Surgery Faculty research interests.

To be eligible for this program, all applicants must:

  • Be in good standing with the UC Davis School of Medicine or an LCME accredited medical school.
  • Submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and two letters of recommendation

Summer 2020 Application Period: December 1st - January 31st, 2020

Applications will be reviewed and positions will be offered by February 7th, 2020.

Please submit application materials to Maggie Allen, Medical Course Coordinator for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, at malallen@ucdavis.edu. For additional information, please call (916) 734-4025.