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Friday, February 4


Hicham Drissi, PhD

The in-person portion of the course will take place the day before the ORS Annual Meeting. Participants will have the opportunity to submit specific aims pages or full proposals prior to the meeting. During a “Specific Aims Lab,” participants will discuss and revise their specific aims pages in small groups with individual faculty. During a “Mock Study Section,” a subset of proposals submitted by participants will be reviewed, mimicking the process of NIH Study Section review. There will be networking and mentoring opportunities throughout the day for participants.

Powered by the ORS Membership Committee

Join us for a casual get together to kick-off the annual meeting,  learn more about ORS and the ORS Annual Meeting. Meet other fellow attendees from all over the world and establish new connections in the community to kick off the meeting in Tampa!

Registration includes a drink ticket and light snacks.

Registration fee: $10.00

Saturday, February 5


Sarah Greising, PhD, Megan Killian, PhD

Research suggests that at least 20% of women never negotiate. This can translate to a pay gap, decreased job satisfaction, and a greater exit from positions. Over a person’s career negotiations will span salary, start-up, resources, and position flexibility, among others. This session will provide tools and strategies for success and confidence in negotiations. Session speakers and panelists will provide examples from their career progression and their work in senior leadership positions. Speakers will span academic disciplines and industry roles.


Cathy Carlson, DVM, PhD, DACVP
University of Minnesota

Alice Huang, PhD
Columbia University

Michelle Caird, MD
University of Michigan

Jennifer Woodell-May, PhD
Zimmer Biomet

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Richard Debski, PhD, Robert Nims, PhD

Obtaining funding is critical for advancing your science. Towards this goal of supporting your scientific pursuits, Program Officers serve as a critical conduit between you, as an applicant, the funding institutions and panels. This session will target orthopedic researchers at various stages of training (trainees, early-career, mid-career, and established investigators) and offer an opportunity for one-on-one and small group networking and discussions with program officers and other officials from various funding agencies.



The ORS will host the 2nd Annual Future Faculty Poster Session at the ORS 2022 Annual Meeting. This program will feature ORS Post-Graduate Trainee members (post-docs, residents, and fellows) that are ready to apply for their first independent research faculty position.

Come meet with our future faculty!

ORS Future Faculty Poster Session
Saturday, February 5, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM (Poster Reception)

2022 Participants:

Alexandra R. Armstrong, University of Minnesota
Penny R. Atkins, University of Utah
Richard D. Bell, Hospital for Special Surgery
Amy Creecy, IUPUI
Kristine Fischenich, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Benjamin R. Freedman, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
Michael A. Friedman, Virginia Commonwealth University
Arlyng Gonzalez-Vazquez, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Natalia S. Harasymowicz, Washington University St Louis
Minwook Kim, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Annemarie Lang, McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, University of Pennsylvani and Charite-Universitaetsmedizin Berlin
Zhaoyang Liu, The University of Texas at Austin
Jill Middendorf, University of Minnesota
Axel Moore, University of Delaware
Anne EC. Nichols, Center for Musculoskeletal Research, University of Rochester Medical Center
Benjamin Osipov, UC Davis Health
Sarah J. Rice, Newcastle University
Koren Roach, University of California – San Francisco
Severin Ruoss, University of California San Diego
Joanna M. Sadowska, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Karanvir Saini, University of Pennsylvania
Jesse Shen, Spine Fellow
Aarti Shenoy, Hospital for Special Surgery
John T. Sherrill, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Guak-Kim Tan, Shriners Hospitals for Children
Solaiman Tarafder, Columbia University
Samantha R. Weaver, Mayo Clinic
Xin Wei, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Sunday, February 6

Organizer: Linda J. Sandell, PhD, Editor in Chief, Journal of Orthopaedic Research

With the lack of print journals, research is discovered via search engines, not leafing through your favorite topical journal. Therefore there is more responsibility for authors to ensure that their articles are discoverable on the internet. The workshop will focus on use of key words in writing the title, abstract and headings of the manuscript, how to disseminate to your best readers and how to use social media to publicize your work. The goal is to increase discoverability, downloads and eventually recognition of our work in orthopaedic research.

Monday, February 7


Anne E.C. Nichols, PhD, R Baxter, PhD

Developing budgets that appropriately reflect the scope of work we propose in our grants is full of challenges and questions. How do I budget enough to complete the work? What if unforeseen events delay my deliverables? What if I change institutions? This Career Development program will answer these common problems that many of us have and will continue to experience throughout our careers. Established investigators will provide their experience developing budgets for NIH and Industry projects and a grants manager will address the common mistakes and tips for smooth and effective budgeting. Following the talks, we will have tables set up around the room for participants to ask experts in the field how to improve their own budgets.


Meghan McGee Lawrence, PhD
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University

Lara Silverman, PhD
LIS BioConsulting, LLC


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The past year has heralded a groundswell of support for improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in in academia, medicine, and industry. Nevertheless, scientists and clinicians often do not have the experience or knowledge of how to best create lasting structural change within their home institutions. Therefore, the purpose of this workshop is to educate the ORS community on best practices to promote DEI at their home institutions. As a two-part series, this in-person session was preceded by a Virtual Session, in which subject-matter experts presented best practices in DEI programs. During this workshop, the session leads will summarize key points from the virtual session for new participants before interactive, panel-led discussions. The panelists have experience leading DEI change at their respective institutions and will briefly present scholarly work, evidence, and experience in institutional change before leading discussions among the participants. Participants will gain a better understanding of current DEI efforts and share questions and experiences with panelists and fellow participants.


Marjolein van der Meulen, PhD, Cornell University

Grace O’Connell, PhD, University of California at Berkeley

Laurel Kuxhaus, PhD, National Science Foundation

Anthony Kirilusha, PhD, NIH

Daphney Chery, PhD, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow hosted at the Department of Defense

Check out the virtual session recording, Best Practices for Initiating Change to Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, held November 2021!

Learning Objectives:

  • Inform participants of evidence-based best practices (and potentially worst practices) for improving diversity, equity, and inclusion within an academic institution
  • Describe the funding opportunities and resources available to help implement these practices within science, engineering, and medicine
  • Provide a case study of such an effort.

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Roundtable Networking on Innovation: Academia, Industry and Beyond

Program Leads:

Lara Silverman, PhD, Jeff Bischoff, PhD, Alayna Loiselle, PhD

Established experts with a diverse background (industry, academia, fundraising/legal, etc) will host roundtable discussions on topics such as managing teams, navigating career growth, handling conflict and enabling diversity in the workplace. Participants can choose which table to join and participate in discussions related to the presenter’s topic of choice.



Tuesday, February 8

Powered by the ORS DEI Committee & ORS Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF) 

The program will consist of the playing of a customized video with members from the ORS community sharing their stories and experiences with mental health struggles. Following the video, a discussion will be lead to help attendees identify mental health resources and support people. We look forward to creating a safe space within ORS to discuss these challenges.


Dragonfly Mental Health

Registration includes a continental breakfast.

Registration fee: $30.00

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Pallavi Bhattaram, PhD, Josh R Baxter, PhD

Your biosketch is the critically important document that allows you to speak directly to your reviewers. It is a window into who you are as a scientist and why you are the best person to perform your exciting science! This program will cover some key aspects of a high-impact NIH biosketch and begin with 3 short talks from experts with advice on (1) how to write a compelling personal statement, (2) how to revise or write your first biosketch based on the new NIH guidelines, and (3) specific guidance for how to maximize the impact of a K-award biosketch. Following the talks, we will break into small groups for trainees or early stage investigators to ask specific questions to established researchers. Finally, we will regather to share our thoughts and ask the most common questions to the expert panel.


Nat Dyment, PhD
University of Pennsylvania

Elise Morgan, PhD
Boston University

Braden Fleming, PhD
Brown University