Saturday, March 10

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Launching and Navigating a Successful Career as a Clinician-Scientist

Organized by: ORS New Investigator Mentoring Committee

Organizers:  Roger Cornwall, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Benjamin Alman, MD, Duke University

Clinician-scientists are uniquely poised to identify important unsolved clinical problems, work through the scientific approaches to address those problems while maintaining clinical relevance, and then translate scientific breakthroughs into therapies with game-changing public health potential. Granting agencies encourage applications from them. Hospital and university departments love to showcase them. So why wouldn’t everyone want to become a clinician-scientist? Why do we need so many efforts to increase the number of clinician-scientists in the world of orthopaedic research? Why is it so hard? This session will discuss the challenges, benefits, opportunities, and logistics of planning, launching, and sustaining a career as a clinician-scientist. Many people have an interest in science but do not know where to start if they didn’t chose the MD-PhD route early in medical school. Many clinicians have ideas or questions and do not know that they can be explored scientifically, or how to go about it. In this session, experienced clinician-scientists will address these problems in brief talks and answer questions of budding clinician-scientists in open discussions. The purpose is to give those curious about, or struggling in, a clinician-scientist career an overview of the strategies, hurdles, and keys to a successful career, while celebrating the unique joy that such a career can bring.

Why a Clinician-Scientist Career?
Roger Cornwall, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Nuts and Bolts
Jonathan Schoenecker, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt University

Building Sustained Success
Francis Lee, MD, PhD, Yale University

The Next Generation
Brian Snyder, MD, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital

The Big Picture
Leesa Galatz, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Pathways Towards Independence – How to Land a Job and Start a Career

This session is full.

Organized by:  ORS New Investigator Mentoring Committee and ORS Industry Engagement Committee

Organizers:  Hicham Drissi, PhD, Emory University and Michael Lehmicke, MS, Depuy Synthes

This networking session focuses on individuals starting a career in orthopaedics, but who may be unsure about the differences between a career in academics or industry, and how to go about a job search in industry versus academia. Invited mentors from academia (Department heads / Vice Chairs and Directors of Research with extensive experience hiring junior faculty) as well as Leaders (Program Directors and Team Leaders) from industry will interface with job seekers.

The format focuses on small group discussions with one or two mentors at a table (one mentor from academia and one from industry) with eight job seekers. At each table, job seekers will have 3 minutes to introduce themselves, their education, their research and what they are looking for. Following that, the Leaders/Mentors introduce themselves and discuss the nature of positions that may be appropriate for each seeker. Leaders/Mentors will offer advise on how to go about a job search and how to establish a strong network that will provide long lasting support. Leaders/Mentors will change tables once. We will finish the event with a free social time.

Sunday, March 11

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Social Media: Engagement and Outreach Tools for New Investigators

Organized by:  New Investigator Mentoring Committee

Organizers:  Kyle Allen, PhD, University of Florida and Karl Lewis, PhD, Indiana University 

Social media is a ubiquitous part of lives. Increasingly, it has become a powerful means for professional branding and networking. This session will feature insights from avid social media users regarding how to make the most of various platforms for professional advancement.

This session will be more of a forum/panel style, discussing the following topics:

1) How to use social media to promote your research program

2) How to use social media to advocate for science research / inform the general public

3) How to use social media to strengthen your professional network

Participants will be asked to sit in areas based on interest area.  The speakers will run through a series of workshop goals (science advocacy, outreach, and networking) and examples of what they have been able to incorporate into their labs/programs.  Then, we will challenge the groups to develop a strategy to ‘build a community’ around these ideas.  The motivation here is create new networks at the ORS meeting that hopefully are active throughout the meeting.

Educating the Public
Robert Bowles, PhD, University of Utah

Extending Your Professional Network
Megan Killian, PhD, University of Delaware

Promoting and Distributing Your Own Work
Joel Boerckel, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Industry Connect: An Ongoing Discourse with the FDA

Organized by:  ORS Industry Engagement Committee

Organizers:  Michael Lehmicke, MS, Depuy Synthes and Lara Ionescu Silverman, PhD, DiscGenics, Inc.

This session is the third in a series, continuing an open discussion with the FDA which was started at the Industry Connect session in 2016 (Orlando) and continued in San Diego. The session will include presentations and discussion of timely regulatory topics relevant to orthopaedic product development. Specific topics this year will include a review of the recently published FDA guidance documents for regenerative medicine and minimally manipulated products, and a presentation of two case studies covering advanced regulatory topics. Participants will gain a better understanding of the most recent regulations and hot topics and have an opportunity to network with various ORS members from government, industry, and academia.

Tanner Howe, President and CEO, AgNovas Healthcare

David Armbruster, MS, MSE, Sr. Group Manager, Biomaterials R&D, DePuy Synthes

Aric Kaiser, MS, Expert Biomedical Engineering, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA

Scott P. Bruder, MD, PhD, Founder & CEO, Bruder Consulting & Venture Group

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Meet the NIH

Organized by:  ORS New Investigator Mentoring Committee

Organizers:  Roger Cornwall, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Hicham Drissi, PhD, Emory University

This NIH-Investigator Networking session will provide ORS meeting attendees with an opportunity to better understand NIH funding policy through one-on-one personal interaction with NIH staff. This session will allow the attendees to ask specific questions and participate in small group discussions with NIH grant review administrators and program officers. Participants can get their questions answered and learn what funding opportunities are available and which grant mechanisms are right for young investigators. All NIH officer at the ORS meeting will be invited to attend this session.

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Early Career After Party: Celebrate Diversity

Organized by:  ORS Associate Members Forum

Organizers:  Karl Lewis, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine and Edward Bonnevie, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

ORS is holding an early career networking event following the ORS Welcome Session.  Keep the fun going at an after-party exclusively for Assistant Professor, Resident, Fellow, Post Doc, Student & PhD Candidate attendees. This fun and relaxed mixer is an opportunity for young investigator members to speak and learn about one another in an informal setting. Our goal is to embrace and celebrate the incredible diversity of the ORS. Gender, ethicity, nationality, and disability are just a few of the ways in which our members are different. Embracing these differences and creating community together will promote scientific advancement through collaboration for future generations of ORS members.

Monday, March 12

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Negotiating for Success

Organized by:  ORS New Investigator Mentoring Committee and OSR Women’s Leadership Forum

Organizers:  X Sherry Liu, PhD, University of Pennsylvania and Jennifer Woodell-May, PhD, Zimmer Biomet

Negotiation is a crucial skill for professional success; however academic training does not typically prepare us to negotiate successfully. Negotiation can be regarded as an interactive communication process that has significant impact on career development and advancement. Many scientists believe they are unable to negotiate their position, and as a result, they do not negotiate to improve their professional circumstances. This program will cover useful techniques and strategies for negotiating in industry and academics and will include three short talks given by senior ORS members who have chaired numerous recruitment and promotion committees. At the end of each talk, attendees will have the opportunity to ask the expert for advice on improving their negotiation strategies for success.

Negotiating in Academics:  New Faculty Hire
Dawn Elliott, PhD, University of Delaware

Negotiating in Industry
Gill Holdsworth, PhD, UCB Pharma

Negotiating in Academic Medicine:  An Academic Clinicians’ Perspective
Kristy Weber, MD, University of Pennsylvania

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Embracing Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities

Organized by:  ORS New Investigator Mentoring Committee

Organizers:  Karl Lewis, PhD, Indiana University and X. Sherry Liu, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Science has long benefited from the cross-pollination of ideas among cultures.  Today, our orthopaedic research community is strongly multicultural and growing with increased diversity in many forms.  These diverse dimensions not only include gender, race, ethnicity, age, or research disciplines, but also each individual’s uniqueness.  Indeed, diversity unlocks innovation as advancement of science and technology is often led by a research team with diverse backgrounds.  It has become increasing important to address diversity in academic and research environments. The talks during this session will cover ways to address diversity in grant writing, as well as recruiting and retaining diverse hire pools.

Facing Challenges for Diversity in Academics
Mitchell Schaffler, PhD, The City College of New York

How to Diversify Your Hire Pool
Christopher Hernandez, PhD, Cornell University

Maintaining a Diverse Research Environment
Natalie McCabe Zwerger, Esq., Center for Strategic Solutions

Tuesday, March 13

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
What Does Your CV/Resume Say About You?

This session is sold out.

Organized by:  ORS New Investigator Mentoring Committee and OSR Women’s Leadership Forum

Organizers:  Karen Troy, PhD, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Nancy Pleshko, PhD, Temple University; and Mary Goldring, PhD, Hospital for Special Surgery

Ever wondered what makes an ideal CV/Resume in order to be hired for a new job or promoted at your company/university?  Your CV/Resume is a window into who you are, as a scientist, and as a trainee, employee, or faculty member, so you need to make sure that it is telling the best story possible.  This program will explore and examine the key aspects of a CV/Resume with great tips and pointers on what to do and not to do when preparing these documents.  We have assembled 3 excellent speakers to explore this topic based on their experiences in academia, and industry with a focus on bioengineering.

The program will begin with 3 short talks on various aspects of CV/Resume writing including, but not limited to, how to organize your CV, what you should include, how to make the best impression, and what not to include.  Following the short talks, we will have tables set up around the room for participants to ask experts in the field about how to improve their individual CVs. This program is geared towards biomedical engineering careers, but is ideal for the early career investigator as well as those who are beginning or about to complete the tenure process, and those looking to progress in their industry positions. Please make sure that you come with a copy of your CV/Resume and questions for the experts to make this the most productive session possible.

What does your CV/Resume Say About You:  Finding a Job/Being Promoted in Industry?
Jamie Williams, PhD, Robson Forensic, Inc.

What does your CV/Resume Say About You:  For Promotion in Academic Medicine?
Regis O’Keefe, MD, PhD, Washington University

What does your CV/Resume Say About You: Advancement in Academia:  Engineering?
Joan Bechtold, PhD, University of Minnesota, MMFR and Excelen