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Young Investigator Initiative Grant Mentoring & Career Development Program

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Faculty and young investigators at the first YII workshop.
The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) is dedicated to raising public awareness and to increasing research of musculoskeletal diseases in the United States. Basic and clinical research in the musculoskeletal diseases performed by young investigators is not keeping pace with the increasing burden of these diseases in the U.S.

The USBJI Research Committee offers a grant mentoring program and career development program consisting of workshops to provide early-career basic and clinical investigators an opportunity to work with experienced researchers in our field to assist them in securing funding and other survival skills required for pursuing an academic career.

This grant mentoring program of workshops is open to promising junior faculty or senior fellows or post-doctoral researchers that have been nominated by their department or division chairs. It is also open to senior fellows or residents that are doing research and have a faculty appointment in place or confirmed. The workshops take place in the Spring and Fall. The unique aspect of this program is the opportunity for attendees to maintain a relationship with a mentor until their application is funded.

Kevin Bozic, MD, MBA, commented after attending his first workshop. "I wanted to thank you for including me in an outstanding seminar this past weekend in Chicago.  Although I have attended similar workshops in the past, the quality of the faculty, the lectures, and the interaction amongst the faculty and the participants was unsurpassed.  I want to applaud you both for coming up with the idea, and for working hard to make this program a reality. As a young investigator who aspires to become an independently funded health services researcher, I couldn't ask for better training."

Upcoming Schedule

Spring Session - May 19-21, 2017 Rosemont, Illinois (Chicago)

Fall Session - November 10-12, 2017 Toronto, Ontario

Call for Applications