Resident Research in Orthopedic Surgery
Residents are required to complete one longitudinal research project throughout the course of their residency (the “Frost Project”). This project allows the resident to take part in every part of the research process, from creating the project proposal, submitting the IRB, managing data collection, communicating with the statisticians, writing and editing a manuscript, and submitting the finished product to conferences and/or journals. This longitudinal project culminates with the resident presenting their research to the department at our annual Frost Day.
Although we only require one research project, opportunities exist to do much more if desired. We have a large infrastructure including research assistants, a research coordinator, statisticians, medical students, and librarians to assist in every aspect. We also have partnerships with basic science and biomechanical labs on campus, providing opportunities to get involved in those areas in addition to clinical research. During the third year, there is a research rotation to allow dedicated time to work on the Frost project as well as any other ongoing projects.
Residents are encouraged to submit their research for posters and podium presentations at conferences. We routinely support residents in presenting at local, regional, and national conferences.