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The Orthopedic Residency Program provides research activities which are integrated into the training. Numerous clinical and basic science papers have been published by the Orthopedic Department. The goal of a research project is for residents to learn how to develop an adequate hypothesis, develop and understand what constitutes a well-designed scientific study and learn how to interpret the use of statistics. With the assistance of a faculty mentor, residents will develop a well designed hypothesis, develop a method to adequately test the hypothesis and learn what statistical methods work best in establishing the validity of the study. Residents will learn about the strengths and potential pitfalls of statistical analysis. Residents will learn how to better interpret the literature. By performing their own study, residents will be better able to understand and interpret the quality of the literature.

Each resident is required to perform at least two research projects during his or her residency. At least one paper must be an original basic science or clinical research paper and the second could be a case report, review article or book chapter. The research project should be one of  his or her design. In order to successfully complete the residency in orthopedics, the resident must have completed and produced a manuscript worthy of submission in a peer-reviewed journal for publication. Funding is available through various sources, but residents are encouraged to apply for competitive grants to get experience with grant writing.

The Department has 420 sq. ft. of space in the research building reserved for orthopedic use only. Within the orthopedic space, there are workbenches, computers, a Mechanical Testing System (MTS) machine for biomechanical specimen testing, as well as other small equipment and transducers. The Department has access to X-ray facilities (approximately 2,500 sq ft.), including a high-resolution force platform and X-ray scanner. Additional equipment is available in cooperation with the Department of Surgery.

The project should be completed along the following timeline:

  1. By the end of September of the PGY-2 year, each resident will have picked a faculty mentor and a potential project.
  2. By the completion of the PGY-2 year, a research protocol should be developed and data should begin being collected.
  3. Every 3-4 months, residents will be required to give a 15 minute update of their project at the second Monday afternoon of the month research conference.
  4. Each PGY-5 resident presents his or her research at Grand Rounds. 

Residents are encouraged to submit abstracts for oral presentation and poster presentation at local, regional and national meetings. The Department fully supports residents financially in these activities.