The Young Investigator Initiative (YII), a former program of the U.S Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI), is now owned and operated by the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS).

The 2024 YII workshop took place on April 12 – 14, 2024 in Rosemont, IL. 17 participants worked with 8 faculty members who provided guidance on how to write and submit successful research grants for funding their musculoskeletal science. In addition to didactic presentations, the young investigators received one-on-one mentorship from 3 or more faculty who have been awarded numerous grants during their careers. These pearls of wisdom included how to respond to reviewer comments to make their grant resubmission more competitive for funding

About YII
The YII is a grant mentoring and career development program that increases the pipeline of clinician and basic scientists undertaking musculoskeletal research studies.

Purpose of YII
The purpose of the YII program is to provide experienced and supportive mentoring in how to construct a well-founded research proposal and secure funding for basic, translational or clinical research.

Who Should Attend YII
This program is open to all junior faculty, fellows, post-doctoral researchers, and residents.

Agenda Highlights

  • Approach to Specific Aims (Introduction; Justification, Feasibility, and Preliminary Data; Research Design; Expected Outcomes; and Potential Problems and Alternative Strategy)
  • Roundtable table discussions on Start Up Funds, Effective Use of Money, Institutional Environment, Salary Negotiation, and Joint Appointments
  • Research Strategy and Innovation
  • Group Mentoring
  • Mock Study Session
  • Alternative Funding Sources

Comments from 2024 Participants

“This program was an amazing opportunity to gain insight into the grant writing and review process. The faculty and peer feedback were extremely helpful. This is a worthwhile use of your time!”

“This was one of the most useful things I have done ever. I feel this program alone will help me significantly improve my chances of getting funding. There are always people that will say that a grant doesn’t read well or it needs more clarity but couldn’t clearly express what that meant. I finally understood.”

“It gave me more confidence to submit my grants – the feedback was very positive.”

For questions about the program, please contact Shari Centrone at [email protected].

Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States (BMUS)

The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States (BMUS) illustrates the impact of musculoskeletal diseases in the US, including societal and economic cost.

Effective January 1, 2024, BMUS is owned and operated by the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS). The ORS will preserve the same quality standards that the users expect. The data was last updated 2020.

In 2024, the newly formed ORS BMUS Task Force will develop strategies to uphold the quality and credibility of the publication as follows:

  • Prioritize the update of individual BMUS chapters (rather than one major full publication every five years), as well as develop short reports on topical issues in musculoskeletal health.
  • Explore the development of dashboards that include maps with state-level estimates and data with socio-demographic characteristics such as age, sex, and race/ethnicity, where available.
  • Cultivate the relationship with USBJI leaders and pioneers to ensure the identity of BMUS is maintained

Click here for access to the BMUS data and information.

For questions and additional information, please contact us at [email protected].