Research Assistant Position

Position: Research Assistant to the Shoulder and Elbow Service at the Medical University of South Carolina

Location: Charleston, SC

Position Type: Full-time, one-year appointment

MUSC Shoulder and Elbow Service

The mission of the MUSC Shoulder and Elbow Service is to provide regional, national, and international leadership in the advancement of care for problems affecting the shoulder and elbow. 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 and elbow.

The goal of the MUSC Shoulder and Elbow Service is to be the preeminent shoulder and elbow center in the Southeastern United States.


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, reliable, and motivated to learn. The position offers the opportunity for education and hands-on learning in the medical field.

Research assistants will work closely with Dr. Josef K. Eichinger, Dr. Richard Friedman, and MUSC Orthopaedic Surgery Residents. A typical week may consist of will consist of being in the clinic 1-2 days and in the office the other days with the opportunity to come to the operating room for observation and assistance with intra-operative video and images. Surgical cases include but not limited to total shoulder arthroplasty, reverse arthroplasty, rotator cuff repair, labral repair, tendon transfers, fracture repairs and elbow ligament reconstruction, arthroscopy and arthroplasty.

In addition, the research assistant will help physicians both in the clinic and in the operating room.

Research assistants experience the clinical, operative and academic aspects of medicine. This position affords ample ability for scientific and academic publication design, development and authorship.


-Supporting physicians with ongoing studies, projects, videos, papers and presentations

-Videotaping pre-operative and post-operative examinations for Case Reports

-Recruiting patients and collecting data for research studies.

-Gathering patient images, X-rays, as well as operative and clinical notes

-Managing and updating the Shoulder and Elbow database, MUSC

-Gathering references and images, editing and formatting research papers

-Assembling Surgeon’s presentations

-Drafting Institutional Review Board documentation for research studies


The application for the 2020-2021 year will open in December 2019. Follow-up in December for Application Details.

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Website
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America Website
  • muschealth Website
  • American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons Website
  • Charleston RiverDogs Website