Clinical Orthopedic and Musculoskeletal Education and Training (COMET) Program
Program Directors: Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, MSc and Elena Losina, PhD, MSc

We are pleased to announce the Clinical Orthopedic and Musculoskeletal Education and Training (COMET) Program (NIH-funded T32) housed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health.

Applications for pre- and post-doctoral training are invited for each academic year between December-April.

The program is intended to train highly qualified pre and postdoctoral trainees in rigorous clinical research methodology to address pressing problems relating to orthopedic and musculoskeletal disorders. The range of methodologies suitable for support is wide, ranging from epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, pharmacoepidemiology, biomechanics, policy modeling, behavioral research and much in between. The range of substantive areas is similarly wide. Orthopedic and musculoskeletal disorders encompass orthopedic surgical interventions and a wide range of disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system including, but not limited to, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, spinal disorders, regional musculoskeletal disorders, tendon, ligament and other soft tissue conditions and musculoskeletal pain. The research must be carried out on humans. Laboratory research carried out on animals or on human tissues is not appropriate for this award. Research focused on immunologically mediated inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vasculitis and the like are not appropriate for this award unless the area of research specifically involves orthopedic interventions or distinct musculoskeletal manifestations such as osteoporosis and fracture.

Trainees accepted for the program will be funded, in general, for two years, conditional on a progress report at the end of the first year. The training grant covers salary or stipend, travel to professional meetings, and other training-related expenses. The predoctoral award includes a tuition stipend for PhD candidates. Applicants must be nominated by a mentor who is an independently funded investigator. Applicants will also need to be housed in the Boston area.

Feel free to review our T32-COMET webpage for more information, such as previous and current trainees, publications, and presentations.

Application forms and instructions can be found below. Please contact Chloe Schulze with any further questions.

T32 Application – Form I

T32 Applicant Statement – Form II