The fellows are active in the extremely productive research program of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. Each fellow has one day per week of protected research time and is required to bring at least one project to completion with a paper in publishable format. There are both clinical and basic research opportunities and our department has excellent collaboration with the Department of Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest School of Medicine and with the Center for Biomedical Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). In addition, the fellows have access to the Department of Health and Exercise Science at the Wake Forest University undergraduate campus, which houses a full gait laboratory.
The fellows have full access to the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s Research Laboratory. This consists of over 1500 square feet of dedicated space located in the Medical School buildings adjacent to the hospital. This includes an approved small animal surgical facility, an extremity laboratory, and access to animal housing facilities. In addition to two full time PhD supervisors, staff includes two full time laboratory technicians, a research secretary, a research center administrator, a research intern, and two clinical research data coordinators. Significant computer support and orthopaedic operating room equipment (including an arthroscopy setup) is also available in the laboratory. An abundance of funded research is ongoing and the personnel are available for new submissions for funding as well. The fellows have access to a new state of the art motion monitor and computer analysis system at Medical Plaza - Miller (formerly CompRehab Plaza) and this is currently being utilized to analyze the golf swing and throwing motion. The department of Health and Exercise Science at the Wake Forest University undergraduate campus is also an area for fellow involvement in our research program. They have a full gait lab with high speed cameras and force plate capabilities. A prospective study on running injuries has been submitted for funding and will be a major undertaking for the Sports Medicine section.
The fellows spend one day per week in protected research time. This day will vary depending on the clinical service assignment and depending on research program opportunities. The fellows are required to produce at least one publishable paper, but opportunities and support exist for much greater experience and production. This portion of the fellowship is administered jointly by Cristin Ferguson, MD and Beth Smith, PhD