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Physical Therapy Graduate Student Research

The US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) is an internationally recognized center of excellence for Warfighter health and performance. Our research studies are conducted by scientists from our four research divisions, working in concert with one another, as well as other world-class scientists from government, industry and academia. The Military Performance Division conducts research to enhance the performance (physical, cognitive, behavioral and psychomotor) of military occupational tasks, or to prevent performance decrements due to physical overload, nutritional imbalances, environmental and operational stresses, and musculoskeletal injuries.

The participant(s) will be part of a multi-faceted research study evaluating the influence of early access to musculoskeletal (MSK) injury expertise and targeted education & training in order to reduce injury rates within the US Army 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, GA. Participants will have the opportunity to expand their skill sets and gain valuable training and experience to further their scientific development. Additionally, as part of the research, the participant(s) may contribute to efforts to:
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Support Tactical Athlete Training Courses to improve the non-trauma skills of Army medics
  • Conduct physical performance and injury risk screenings
  • Collaborate with the project team to provide forward based MSK care to Soldiers in training and clinic-based MSK care to Soldiers
  • Assess Reconditioning Physical Readiness Training (PRT) programs
  • Provide injury prevention education classes to Soldiers, medical providers, and leadership as appropriate
  • Support the establishment of temporary treatment sites at PRT and field training events to evaluate and triage injuries

Appointment Length

This appointment is a ten month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

Participant Benefits

Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by USARIEM. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:
  • Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training and Travel Allowance

Nature of Appointment

The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.