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Orthopaedics Research

At Balgrist Orthopaedic University Hospital, we perform both experimental and patient-related research. Researchers, clinicians, and developers work together on the Balgrist Campus to reduce or resolve the problems faced by patients suffering from disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Researchers in the orthopaedic research laboratories study disease mechanisms using in vitro and animal models as well as living tissue and focus on a more detailed understanding of the disease processes such as metastasis of tumours, the undesired development of cells that form cartilage or bone or the deterioration of muscle cells. The aim of experimental orthopaedic research is to significantly improve the curative treatment of patients and to eventually prevent devastating disease processes such as tumour metastatsis.

Training in orthopaedics

We pass on the latest knowledge and practical skills to students from the University of Zurich and other institutions.

Professional training

We work with other institutions to train doctors who have completed their medical degrees to become specialists in orthopaedic surgery and traumatology.

Advanced training

Continuing to pass knowledge and skills on to established specialists in the aim of improving care of patients with musculoskeletal problems.

Accredited CPD centre

Balgrist University Hospital is accredited for the specialist training of doctors and their continued professional development by SIWF, the responsible Swiss body. In particular, SIWF recognises our performance on continued medical education.

Physician Scientist Fast Track

Physician Scientist Fast Track is the professional and academic promotion of extremely talented young specialty trainee doctors. The candidates are trained in clinical and scientific skills with the aim of achieving specialist qualifications in orthopaedics or trauma surgery, including Fellowship and/or Master of Science.

Requirements for acceptance on the Fast Track programme:

  • Evidence of exceptional scientific and/or clinical performance
  • High professional and personal potential
  • Strong interest and ambition
  • Appropriate personality

Candidates will be promoted and tested on the following:

  • How is their scientific and clinical performance developing (theory and practice)?
  • Personality development and future leadership qualities (interpersonal communication, interactions with patients, hospital staff, and medical colleagues)
  • Very high goals with respect to services rendered, exceeding the regular workplace demands