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Orthopedic Research Fellowship Objectives

Our Research Fellowship programs are one to two year commitments. We offer a fully-funded AO Trauma Research Fellowship. In addition, we have partially funded opportunities for clinical or basic science fellowships and post doctoral training. Research opportunities exist in clinical trials, outcome studies, microvascular, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and neutrophil/inflammation studies. Our research fellows work directly with our research team and faculty on a number of ongoing studies. You will have the opportunity to be involved with writing and editing manuscripts in addition to poster presentations at national conferences. 


  1. To introduce critical topics in orthopedic research and orthopedic traumatology.
  2. To identify legal, ethical, and regulatory aspects of research.
  3. To acquire basic knowledge of protocol development including literature searches, research design, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results.
  4. To participate on an interdisciplinary research team and successfully implement studies.
  5. To identify funding opportunities and develop grant writing skills.
  6. To write up study results and/or review articles for publication, and to disseminate findings through poster and podium presentations. A minimum of four submissions for publication is expected each year of the fellowship.


Objective 1

  • Bi-monthly meetings with orthopedic mentor
  • Participation in the orthopedic journal club
  • Attendance at weekly orthopedic rounds
  • Attendance at morning fracture conferences
  • Attendance at one or more orthopedic conferences

Objective 2

  • Completion of institutional review board training
  • Completion of HIPAA training
  • Participation and training in regulatory aspects related to protocol development and implementation of drug and device studies.

Objective 3

  • Bi-monthly meetings with research mentor
  • Attendance at intensive seminar in basic/intermediate statistics
  • Attendance at seminar focused on critical review of research literature and evidence based practice
  • Training in literature search techniques for online databases, including MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsycINFO and PubMed
  • Introduction to outcomes research and specifically strengths and limitations of commonly used orthopaedic outcome measures e.g DASH, SF-36, SMFA

Objective 4

  • Responsibility for one or more active research studies including informed consent, subject enrollment, data collection, subject follow-up, management of institutional review board paperwork
  • Participation on the trauma research call schedule
  • Responsibility for trauma database management

Objective 5

  • Attendance at grant identification and grant writing seminar
  • Participation in meetings with the Sponsored Programs and Research Organization

Objective 6

  • Writing up results of projects and revising papers for publication
  • Assisting mentors with preparing papers and book chapters for publication
  • Mining registries and databases for original research studies