Summer Research Program

Student Mary Kate Frauenheim and Robert H. Ablove, MD.

Medical students like Mary Kate Frauenheim (right) have the opportunity to learn from experts like Robert H. Ablove, MD, during our summer research program.

We’re devoted to helping you excel in orthopaedic research. Our unique summer program helps you build critical skills required to conduct quality, meaningful research.

Work Alongside an Expert Mentor

Our ten-week mentored research program is designed for medical students interested in orthopaedic surgery, and it takes place in the summer between the first and second years of medical school. It is also open to visiting medical students and undergraduates interested in orthopaedic research.

We interview students regarding their specific interests and pair them with faculty mentors to work on research projects. The research venues are determined by project and mentor. Many take place in the anatomy lab.

Explore a Variety of Research Areas

As a medical student, you’ll have opportunities to work on research projects such as:

  • comparing tests of heart rate variability (HRV) in healthy adolescents and measure HRV through a different means to look at reliability of these measures
  • analyzing the average time to regain full extension after acute anterior cruciate ligament tear
  • conducting chart reviews of total shoulder replacement
  • comparing measures of cardiac output
  • investigating and introducing a method to measure the degree of malrotation of the lateral malleolus in supination external rotation ankle fracture
  • studying uncemented versus cemented tibial base plates in body mass index over 30
  • conducting basic science projects on Propionibacterium acnes infection model in rats
  • engaging in an anatomic study of triceps insertion

Present Your Work

Our medical students have presented at annual meetings for the Clinical Orthopaedic Society and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Presentations titles have included:

  • Thumb to Spinous Process is a False Metric for Glenohumeral Internal Rotation Measurement
  • Latissimus Dorsi Transfer for Rotator Cuff Insufficiency
  • Wrist Pain in Primary Caregivers of Post Partum Caregivers

Contact Us

If you’re interested in participating, contact:

Director, Summer Research Program

Ablove, Robert

462 Grider Street Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 898-3457


Coordinator, Summer Research Program

Lin Feng

Clinical Research Coordinator

Department of Orthopaedics

Erie County Medical Center, 462 Grider Street, Buffalo 14215