The fellow attends the weekly laboratory conference on Monday morning from 7:15 - 8:15. This meeting outlines research activities throughout the week, allocates resources appropriately, and facilitates research activity. The fellow's activity from the previous week and upcoming research plans are reviewed at that time. The meeting lasts from one to one and one-half hours. Resident and fellow research activity is discussed. The basic science resident and the fellow will be expected to attend. Dr. Koman, Dr. Beth Smith, Dr. Tom Smith, and all active researchers (MDs, PhDs, and medical students) are expected to be present.
There is a bi-monthly multidisciplinary meeting with Anesthesia and the Pain Center (Richard Rauck, MD). Every 6 to 8 weeks, Dr. Michelle Naughton attends the meeting and outcome studies are discussed. Researchers from other departments within the medical school frequently attend these meetings to discuss ongoing research protocols.
This meeting provides a focus for research activities. Participation in this meeting by the hand fellow is expected in addition to the scheduled 8 hours of basic science time per week.
It is expected that fellows will do some research reading and work after hours, but it is recognized by the department that prime-time hours (9 am to 5 pm) should be kept free from patient care responsibilities and are necessary in order to perform meaningful research.
The hand fellows have been encouraged to develop and pursue independent projects and/or may participate in other ongoing research. Support includes time, space, computer/statistical aid, equipment, supplies, trained orthopaedic technicians to facilitate projects, and direct supervision by Dr. Beth Smith and the faculty. Fellows are expected to engage actively in:
- Anatomic dissections
- Clinical research
- Basic research
It is anticipated that clinical emergencies will occur. The importance of protected research time is appreciated by the faculty and will be monitored closely in order to guarantee sufficient "prime-time" (9 am to 5 pm) laboratory/research experience. It is expected, however, that at the completion of the fellowship, each fellow will have satisfied the minimum RRC requirements for clinic and operative days. Departmental requirements include (at minimum) one article in publishable form by each fellow by the completion of the fellowship year.
Clinic hours, as mandated by the RRC include 49 weeks in training.
Our department allows for time away for vacation (3 weeks per year) and professional days (10 days per year) to be utilized for meetings, conferences or interviews. An annual stipend of $1,500 is provided to be utilized for any valid educational endeavor, as deemed appropriate by the fellowship director.