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 orthpaedic research include the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory and the Musculoskeletal Physiology Laboratory

The Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory includes a materials testing system (MTS) and extensive computer support for data acquisition and high-end graphics computers for image processing, computational biomechanics, and simulation/modeling development. The lab also houses a 6-camera motion capture system for biomechanical tests, a 4-camera motion capture system for gait analysis, EMG monitoring systems and thermal imaging.

The Musculoskeletal Physiology Laboratory facilities houses a histomorphometry lab with a computerized histomorphometry system and basic science equipment for specimen preparation, incubation, and analysis of tissue culture specimens.