US Bone and Joint Initiative Young Investigators Grant Writing Workshop Report

By Christopher Dy, MD, MPH

The ASSH is proud to have sponsored one of its young members, Dr. Christopher Dy, from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine for the USBJI Young Investigators Initiative (USBJI Yii) grant writing workshop. The workshop took place over May 19-21, 2017 in Rosemont, IL, and is an opportunity for early career investigators to develop the skills for writing competitive grants to funding agencies, including the NIH and CIHR. The Fall Session workshop will take place November 10-12, 2017, in Toronto, Canada. To be considered for ASSH sponsorship, submit your c.v. and letter of interest to [email protected] by June 15, 2017. 

Dr. Dy encourages other young members of the ASSH to consider applying for this competitive award: “The faculty and participants come from diverse training backgrounds, ranging from clinician-scientists (rheumatologists, orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists, and others) to basic science researchers. This diversity of perspectives adds a unique benefit to the program – as an orthopaedic hand surgeon, it is challenging (and incredibly valuable) for me to explain the rationale and public health importance of my work to investigators from very different backgrounds. Attendees participate in two workshops, approximately 12-18 months apart. 

The first session of this two-part series spanned a weekend and consisted of: 
  • Didactic sessions providing an “insider” perspective on grant writing, grant review, and funding strategies from accomplished investigators (who often serve on various study sections and review panels);
  • Group feedback sessions to discuss each participant’s Specific Aims page;
  • One-on-one sessions with 2 assigned faculty mentors to discuss each participant’s research program and career goals, as well as to give feedback on the Specific Aims page and other grant materials;
  • Opportunities to informally network with other participants and faculty mentors.

"Participating in the USBJI YII program has not only strengthened my grant-writing and communication skills, but has also allowed me to reflect on my future goals as a clinician-scientist. I look forward to putting these skills to use and I encourage other young investigators to apply for this worthwhile program.” - Dr. Dy

For more information regarding the USBJI Yii, visit the USBJI website at: