Orthopaedic Residency Research Program

The residency training program for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery requires a thesis project to be completed by each trainee as a condition of graduation. The goal of this project is two-fold:

  1. To make a meaningful contribution to the orthopedic literature and advance the knowledge base of orthopedic surgery.
  2. To develop and apply critical thinking and analysis skills to allow residents to become better consumers of scientific research articles. The department hopes to accomplish this by providing residents the necessary education and training in experimental design, data collection, statistical analysis and manuscript preparation. It is expected that successful completion of this aspect of the training will result in a manuscript suitable for publication in the peer reviewed literature. 

To facilitate accomplishment of this goal, a resident research curriculum has been devised, with semi-annual lectures on relevant research topics. Deliverables will be expected at defined points throughout residency training to ensure sufficient time to complete a meaningful research project. Resources, including access to software, lab equipment, clinical research tools, statistical support and mentoring will be made available through the department and the Orthopedic Clinical Research Center (OCRC). A timeline of expected milestones and deliverables is listed below.

Milestones and Deliverables

PGY-1 Year

Residents are expected to identify a mentor and potential project by end of the year and complete initial training for human subjects research. Specific Aims Page will be discussed during the Intern Skills research session, with a final product due by September 1 of PGY-2 year.

Deliverable/Due Date 
Identify mentor and project idea by end of Intern year and complete OCRC onboarding process. 

PGY-2 Year

Residents will have a dedicated 6 week block of time to begin designing their research project and create a grant proposal to fund their project. A database of potential funding sources and grant mechanisms can be found here. During the research block, the resident will meet with Susan Thapa to assist with experimental design and power analysis in anticipation of the grant submission. Residents will be expected to give a 20-30 minute talk presenting their grant proposal to the resident research committee. IRB or IACUC approval should be applied for and obtained during this time. Residents should work closely with the business office to ensure adequate time for internal grant review. 

Deliverable/Due Date 

  • Specific Aims Page: September 1
  • Powerpoint presentation to Resident Research Committee: End of research block
  • Resident grant application to external funding source: Due date varies, but must be submitted during PGY-2 year
  • IRB/IACUC approval: End of year

PGY-3 Year 

Residents should have IRB/IACUC approvals completed and data collection should begin. The majority of data should be collected during this time period, with exceptions made for final follow-up in studies with prolonged outcome measures.  

Deliverable/Due Date 
Initiate and complete majority of data collection 

PGY-4 Year

Residents will finalize data collection during the first half of the year and perform analysis of the data.  Each resident will be expected to meet with Susan Thapa to assist with statistical analysis. Abstracts detailing findings should be submitted to specialty and sub-specialty conferences. A powerpoint presentation will be given to the Resident Research Committee detailing the resident’s progress in completion of the thesis. The majority of the manuscript should be written by the end of this year.

Deliverable/Due Date 
Powerpoint presentation to Resident Research Committee: End of research block

PGY-5 Year

Completed manuscripts are due to the Resident Research Program Director by October 1. It is expected that manuscripts will be submitted for publication by the end of December. A capstone powerpoint presentation of the thesis and relevant findings will be given at the resident’s graduation.

Deliverable/Due Date 
Final manuscript submission: October 1
Final powerpoint presentation of thesis: June 

Resident Research Year

One resident per year following their PGY-3 clinical year will be eligible for a 1-year program to focus on developing research skills to further pursue a career in academic orthopaedic surgery.

Resident Research Curriculum

Each year, residents will have semi-annual meetings with experienced faculty to discuss relevant topics in more detail and assist them with completion of their thesis project. Residents will be excused from clinical duty to ensure their participation at these meetings.

PGY-1
Fall Meeting Topic: 
Summer Orientation/Intro to Resident Research
Spring Meeting Topic: 
Surgical Skills Month/Specific Aims

PGY-2
Fall Meeting Topic: Developing and Exploring a Clinical Question
Spring Meeting Topic: Show Me the Money - Grant Writing Tips

PGY-3
Fall Meeting Topic: Basics of Biomechanics Studies – How to Understand the Literature
Spring Meeting Topic: Analyzing Your Data - Where to Begin

PGY-4
Fall Meeting Topic: Advanced Statistical Methods – What You Need to Know
Spring Meeting Topic: Publish or Perish – How to Write an Impactful Manuscript

PGY-5
Fall Meeting Topic: Translational Research - Tips and Tricks for Leveraging Surgical Opportunities
Spring Meeting Topic: Presentation of Thesis at Graduation

Topics/Faculty (Assigned faculty subject to change):

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