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Research Requirements

As part of their educational experience, all residents in the Ohio State Orthopaedic Program are required to perform a clinical or laboratory research project culminating in the presentation of that work at the Mallory-Coleman Orthopaedic Research Day and submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed, archival journal prior to leaving the program.

Resident research is treated similar to graduate students research projects and, as such, each resident has primary responsibility for completion of his or her project. Residents are encouraged to begin their research projects are early as possible. Each resident must select a project from a faculty-generated list no later than September of his or her PGY-3 year. [Resident may develop their own research projects provided they can enlist appropriate faculty advisors.] An advisory committee consisting of at least one clinical faculty member and at least one research faculty member will be formed to guide and assist with the project. Clinical faculty advisors may be selected from the University Orthopaedic faculty or from other clinical faculty involved in resident education. The research member of the committee should be an OSU faculty member actively involved in research and familiar with the resources available within and around OSU. Additional committee members may be added as necessary for any specific project. The advisory committee will be responsible for assuring the quality of the research project.

Each resident will submit to the Academic Committee, by October of their PGY-3 year, notification of the project title and a letter from the members of his/her advisory committee confirming their willingness to serve in this capacity. The advisory committee will meet at least once a quarter to review progress, discuss problems, and plan the next phase of the research. [This is in addition to the monthly "resident research" meetings which will focus more on research education.] Minutes from the advisory committee meetings will be filed with the residency administrator.

It is recognized that productive research takes time. It must also be recognized that while research is mandatory, adequate clinical performance takes precedent. Over the course of the residency, partial afternoons may be made available to residents for their research efforts. At no time can a resident allow his or her research requirements to interfere with the clinical responsibilities of the program. The scope and detail of a particular resident's project may depend somewhat on that resident's clinical standing. Although each resident is able to select their own project, its scope and duration may be shaped by the program director, or at the recommendation of the Academic Committee, based on the resident's clinical and academic performance. On the other hand, if a resident is performing at an outstanding level clinically, then he/she can be given increased latitude and technical assistance in order to perform more complex and demanding research. This may involve up to one full day for research per week.

Residents interested in exploring research on more than one project are encouraged to do so, and will be support to the extent possible in these endeavors. The submission of abstracts and manuscripts to state, regional, and national meetings is encouraged and the Department makes every effort to support resident attendance at meetings where their work is being presented.

The Department annually gathers at the Mallory-Coleman Orthopaedic Research Day to hear residents present their research to the faculty and to a distinguished visiting professor. This forum was created by two prominent orthopaedic surgeons in our community to honor the memories of departed family members and has become a focus for orthopaedic research and education in the program. All residents in the Ohio State program are required to present at least once at Mallory-Coleman Orthopaedic Research Day; many residents present more than one project during their time in the program. For a list of previous distinguished guest speakers and presentation topics, please refer to Mallory-Coleman Orthopaedic Research Day page.

In addition to presenting their work, resident are required to prepare a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed archival journal. This manuscript is to be completed no later than April of their PGY-5 year (at the time of the Mallory-Coleman Orthopaedic Research Day). This manuscript should then be revised and submitted to a peer-reviewed journal prior to completing the residency program.

Provision has been made for one resident each year to devote an entire year to orthopaedic research, between the PGY-3 and PGY-4 clinical years. This year provides an opportunity to explore multiple projects or to pursue in-depth training in a specific research area. During this research year, the resident remains an active member of the program and participation in all clinical and educational conferences is required.

Resident participation in research is a driving force behind the academic productivity of the Department of Orthopaedics and is supported and encouraged to the full extent of the available resources. In addition to the complete clinical facilities available at University Hospital, Riverside Methodist Hospital, and Children's Hospital, a number of resources devoted specifically to research are available to orthopaedic residents. For more information please refer to Research Facilities page.