Orthopaedic Resident Research

All residents are expected to actively participate in clinical or basic science orthopaedic research. A resident’s participation in research allows him or her to add to the body of current orthopaedic knowledge and learn to critically evaluate the research of others. Each resident is required to submit at least two manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals during their residency.

Faculty advisors work with each resident on a one-to-one basis to facilitate each resident’s research and monitor their progress. Periodic progress reports are required of all residents. Each spring, orthopaedic residents present the current results of their work at the annual G.W.N. Eggers Lectureship. The Leroy Lockhart Award, including a plaque and an honorarium, is presented to the chief resident with the most outstanding research presentation.

Resources for basic science research include the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory and the Musculoskeletal Physiology Laboratory

The biomechanics laboratory includes a materials testing system (MTS) and extensive computer support for data acquisition. Also available are high-end graphics computers for image processing and simulation/modeling development, as well as a 6-camera motion analysis system and apparatus for monitoring, calibrating, and viewing kinematic specimens. Freezers are available for specimen storage. A machine shop houses a milling machine, lathe, drill press, vertical saw and other fabrication equipment essential to biomechanics research support.

The orthopaedic physiology laboratory facilities include a histomorphometry laboratory with a computerized histomorphometry system and an apparatus for specimen preparation, incubation, and analysis of tissue culture specimens.