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The Dr. Steven Robert Garfin Medical Student Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery Award

This award is offered to an exceptional graduating UC San Diego medical student who intends to specialize in Orthopaedic Surgery. The award will be presented at the UC San Diego School of Medicine awards ceremony during commencement. 

The next application period for interested UC San Diego medical students who wish to apply will open in November 2022.

About the Orthopaedic Surgery Award

Established in 2021, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is pleased to award the Dr. Steven Robert Garfin Medical Student Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery Award. 

Dr. Garfin is an internationally renowned Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon who has been a pioneer in complex reconstructive spine surgery.  He is beloved by his patients, colleagues and trainees.  He earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota and completed an Orthopaedic Surgery residency at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He did a fellowship in adult spine disorders at the eminent Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. Dr. Garfin joined the faculty at UC San Diego in 1981 and served as chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery from 1997 to 2018, and is currently interim dean of the UC  San Diego School of Medicine.  

Dr. Garfin’s innovative work contributed to the development of current international standards, techniques, and instrumentation in the surgical care of the spine. He was one of the earliest to implement and participate in the evolution of segmental pedicle screw fixation and was the seminal pioneer of Kyphoplasty, a technique that has improved the lives of patients with osteoporotic spine compression fractures.  In 2013, Dr. Garfin received the Leon Wiltse Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Lumbar Spine.  He has served as a leader locally, nationally, and internationally and has been president of the North American Spine Society, the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, the Cervical Spine Research Society, and the San Diego Chapter of the Western Orthopedic Association.  Dr. Garfin has disseminated his surgical, teaching and leadership acumen to his resident and fellow trainees, many of whom have become pioneers and leaders in their own right.  

Eligibility  

  • Currently enrolled as a fourth-year medical student at UC San Diego School of Medicine and part of the graduating class
  • Completed a sub-internship in Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Applied to an Orthopaedic Surgery residency program

Application Process and required documents

  • Application form
  • CV or Resume
  • Proof of sub-internship in Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Proof of application to a residency program in Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Personal Statement (1,000 words or less) describing applicant’s training, commitment to service, notable accomplishments, and career goals
  • Letter of Recommendation (to be submitted directly to Kim Tawfik by the endorser by the deadline)

Only complete applications with all supporting documents will be considered. Please send application packets by the deadline to Kim Tawfik.

Application Timeline

  • Applications for the award are accepted beginning November 17, 2022
  • Deadline to submit an application is January 27, 2023

URIM Trainee Travel Scholarship to attend the Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting

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Objective: To recognize an outstanding URIM trainee for significant work in the field of neuromusculoskeletal diseases as evidenced by being primary author on an abstract accepted for presentation at the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Annual Meeting.

Award Amount: Up to $2,000 for submitted/approved travel expenses such as airfare and lodging per UC San Diego policy. Primary mentor/Principal Investigator is responsible for the conference registration fee.

About the Trainee Travel Scholarship

Eligibility:

  • The applicant must be enrolled as undergraduate/graduate student, or research resident/fellow trainee at UC San Diego under the supervision of Research Faculty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
  • Must be recognized as underrepresented in neuromusculoskeletal research as defined by NIH.
  • Must be primary author of an abstract accepted for presentation at the 2023 ORS Annual Meeting.
  • Must be primary author of the work submitted in order to be considered for the award.

Application Process and required documents

  • Application Form
  • CV or Resume
  • Conference abstract with authors’ names
  • Applicant Statement at least ½ page and no more than 1 page and must include:
    • Details regarding involvement in the project reported in the abstract
    • Details regarding past achievements and future career plans
    • Explanation of how attending the meeting will impact future career plans

Only complete applications with all supporting documents will be considered. Please send application packets by the deadline to Kim Tawfik.

Application Timeline

  • Applications for the award are accepted beginning November 9, 2022
  • Deadline to submit an application is December 9, 2022

If you have any questions about the award please reach out to Kim Tawfik.

QUESTIONS?

 For further information about these awards, please contact Kim Tawfik.