Medical Student Recruitment:
A Multicentre Retrospective Study of Native Vertebral Osteomyelitis

The NSAMR audit team is now recruiting medical students to participate in a national multi-centre retrospective study of vertebral osteomyelitis as part of the National Infection Trainee Collaborative for Audit and Research (NITCAR).



Primary aim is to evaluate the service provided to patient receiving treatment for native vertebral osteomyelitis (NVO) in centres throughout the UK in comparison to recommendations from IDSA Guidelines 2015.

Secondary aim is to investigate research gaps identified in the IDSA guidelines:

  • What are the risks associated with the development of NVO?
  • Which factors, including demographics, microbiology, serum inflammatory markers and imaging studies are useful in predicting the outcome of patients with NVO?



Vertebral osteomyelitis causes clinicians difficulty due to problems with diagnosis, obtaining positive specimens and ensuring adequate length of appropriate antimicrobial treatment. This service evaluation will benefit individual centres by helping them to measure their performance against clear standards to identify possible areas for future improvement.


How to get involved?

We need 5 enthusiastic medical students from every university in the UK to take part as data collectors and 1 student lead for the site. Involvement will require an 10-hour time commitment in total over approximately 6 months. Each student will a certificate from NITCA and be listed as collaborator in any resulting publications. NB: Collaborator status does not provide points on Foundation Programme Applications (UKFPO). Student leads for each university will also receive a certificate from NSAMR. For student lead role, please include any previous leadership and management experience in your application.

Expected time frame

Interested hospitals must confirm participation by 31st August 2017

Data collection - any time from June to October 2017

Deadline for data submission: 30th November 2017


Second Round Applications open to the following medical schools:


  • University of Dundee
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow


  • Barts and The London
  • Brighton and Sussex
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Keele
  • University of Lancaster
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Sheffield


Application deadline - June 30th, midnight


For any enquiries about the project and roles, please email NSAMR Audit Coordinator, Deevia Kotecha –