What years did you participate in UROP? 

UROP 2009-2010

What made you choose UROP?

I was looking for a pathway to find a research mentor and utilize the UROP seminars to better understand the research process.


What do you think you have learned from your UROP experience?

Through UROP I identified two great research mentors that sparked my interest in academic medicine and pushed me to become a more effective researcher.

What is the extent to which you have kept in contact with your Research Mentor?

I met with my research mentor last time that I was in Ann Arbor during my orthopaedic surgery residency interview. While I don’t speak to either of my mentors on a regular basis, I feel very comfortable reaching out to them when needed.

How did your UROP experience shape or inform the next steps you took in your academic and professional journey?

The positive experience that I had in the lab that I joined through UROP motivated me to seek out similar experiences during medical school and orthopaedic surgery residency. It absolutely sparked my interest in wanting to enter the field of Academic Medicine.

What advice would you give to a current UROP student?

Push yourself and have fun. There are so many great opportunities at UM if you are confident enough to seek them out.

What are some recent publications or accomplishments that you are proud of?

I recently published an interesting case report on acute exertional compartment syndrome of bilateral upper extremities after a push-up contest. 

  • Schiffman CJ, Dunbar RP, Firoozabadi R, Acute Exertional Compartment Syndrome of Bilateral Upper Extremities After a Push-up Contest. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2019

Is there any other advice you would like to impart to current or future UROP students?

Be patient when looking for a research mentor. Finding personalities and an environment that works best for you is a game changer.