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.
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, all
orthopaedic residents present the current results of their work to
the faculty and a guest reviewer. 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
Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory,
Musculoskeletal Physiology Laboratory,
and the tissue culture molecular biology 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. 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
Biomechanics Motion Performance (BMP) lab contains a motion analysis
system and apparatus for monitoring, calibrating, and viewing
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.
The tissue culture molecular biology laboratory includes equipment
for the preparation, incubation, and analysis of tissue culture