Research Assistant Position

Position: Research Assistant to the Chiefs of the Boston Shoulder Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

Location: Boston, MA

Position Type: Full-time, one-year appointment

Boston Shoulder Institute

The mission of the Boston Shoulder Institute is to provide regional, national, and international leadership in the advancement of care for problems affecting the shoulder. This mission is based on advancement of knowledge through research, improvement of care through education of physicians, and clinical
management of all problems affecting the shoulder.

The Boston Shoulder Institute was formally organized in the spring of 1998. It is based at the Massachusetts General Hospital. The goal of the Boston Shoulder Institute is to be the preeminent shoulder center in the world.


This full-time position is best suited for recent college graduates interested in pursuing a career in medicine. The applicant should have a strong academic record; must be creative, self-driven, and reliable; and must be motivated to learn. A background in statistics is useful but not necessary. The position offers the opportunity for education and hands-on learning in the medical field.

Research assistants will work closely with Dr. Jon J.P. Warner, Dr. Bassem Elhassan, and Boston Shoulder Institute Fellows. A typical week may consist of 1-2 days in the OR, 1-2 days in clinic, and 1-2 days in the office. Surgical cases include total shoulder arthroplasty, reverse shoulder arthroplasty, rotator cuff repair, labral repair, and tendon transfers.

In addition, the research assistants will help physicians both in the clinic and in the operating room. Research assistants experience the clinical, operative, and academic aspects of medicine. Past research assistants have all been integral parts of projects that ended with them being published authors in peer-reviewed orthopedics journals.

Furthermore, an aspect of the position may include working with Quality and Safety at MGH.

Questions about the job can be directed, via email, to the current Boston Shoulder Institute Research Assistants: Christine Kim ( and Amy Lu (


  • Supporting physicians with ongoing studies, projects, videos, papers, and presentations
  • Managing a large surgical database, including entering patient and surgical data and coordinating patient follow-up
  • Recruiting patients and collecting data for research studies
  • Recording pre-operative and post-operative examinations, as well as various surgeries
  • Gathering references and images, editing and formatting research papers
  • Managing and updating the Boston Shoulder Institute website (
  • Drafting Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols for research studies
  • Involvement in many parts of the clinical research process

Application Deadline:

February 18, 2022

To apply: 

Please submit a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, and letter of recommendation to Christine Kim ( and Amy Lu ( Please request your recommender email the letter directly to Christine Kim and Amy Lu.

Note: We will be reviewing applications as they are received.