The Orthopaedic Research Laboratory is a division within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery with local, regional, and national funding. There are a variety of basic science, translational, and clinical projects currently under investigation. For a complete list of current research projects and an overview of the laboratory, please refer to the Orthopaedic Research Website.
Clinical and basic science research is strongly encouraged throughout the course of the orthopaedic residency. The faculty are receptive and supportive of resident research projects, including the allocation of funding if no outside source is available. Examples of projects residents have pursued include:
- orthopaedic tissue engineering of menisci, ligaments, and tendons
- prospective clinical trials of orthopaedic trauma techniques
- clinical efficacy of platlet-rich plasma in sports medicine applications
- a collaborative clinical efficiency trial with trauma surgery, emergency medicine, and radiology in the implementation of a orthopaedic fracture checklist for initial management of orthopaedic patients
For a summary of the resident research requirement, please refer to the following link.
Sponsorship is available for residents to attend two national meetings annually at which their research papers have been accepted for presentation. Residents have presented at local, regional, national, and international conferences, which routinely include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Annual Meeting, Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Surgery, and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting.
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery sponsors an annual Resident Research Day. During this event, the chief residents present their completed papers, and a nationally known guest speaker presents several lectures and provides feedback to residents regarding their on-going research projects. The day concludes with a dinner reception in honor of the residents and guest lecturer.