Components of the Orthopedic Surgery Scholarship
The Orthopedic Fellowship is designed for the researcher destined for a career in orthopedic surgery. The goal is to launch the careers of tomorrow’s leaders in our field. For the research focus, the fellow will take on several projects, prospective and retrospective, single center and multi-center, some of which were started prior to their arrival, and some of which will begin during their year.
The research is designed to answer questions and solve problems in the area of pediatric orthopedic trauma, sports medicine, spine, hip and hand disorders, patient safety, healthcare quality and value, as well as medical economics.
Students meet with their mentor at least once per week to assure satisfactory supervision and mentorship. At the beginning of the year, goals will be agreed upon for specific research projects, timelines and expectations. We anticipate that approximately five research projects will be undertaken, leading to a minimum of five presentations and publications.
The student researcher will be concurrently enrolled in the KU TL predoctoral clinical and Translational Research Training Program, Master of Science in Clinical Research. This is a 33-credit hour graduate degree program. The researcher will be expected to take advantage of CMH classes in CHEX, CITI, Research design, Research Statistics, online classes, IRB, Research and Grants, CMH Grand rounds, and CMH research conferences and seminars. Student will present their research at end of the year through various local and national forums.
The second aspect of this program is clinical exposure. The CMH scholar participates actively in the outpatient clinic program within the Division of Orthopedics at CMH. There are opportunities to observe surgical procedures in the operating room. The scholar is also welcome and encouraged to attend a variety of clinical conferences in the Division of Orthopedics at CMH, including an every Monday morning indications conference, an every Friday didactic conference, quarterly orthopedic grand rounds, three times/year spine symposium, Thursday 8:00 a.m. Hospital Grand Rounds and a quarterly clinical research journal club.
With the experience in clinic, observation in the operation room, attendance of conferences, and the interaction with the CMH orthopedic residents and fellows, the medical student advances to the next level of his/her clinical training. At the end of the year, the scholar will be expected to present a talk to the residents on a topic of historical interest.
There is a strong, established clinical research office in the Department of Orthopedics at CMH. The scholar will meet with their assigned mentor weekly. Research expectations, timeline and results will be discussed at each weekly meeting.
A few of the benefits of doing clinical research in our Department include:
- orthopedic research coordinator who can help the student design and complete IRB requirements, adhere to Division and CMH research policies, review clinical data, measure radiographs, and complete manuscripts for publication
- Active academic surgical faculty
- Clinical conferences, visiting speakers, quarterly Journal club and many other education events to inspire and educate medical student researchers
- A high-volume clinical and surgical practice that allows the student to gain clinical exposure to inspire research ideas
- Faculty who can assist the student with mentoring, study design and statistical analysis
- Hospital statisticians
- Opportunity to present research to the entire Orthopedic Division at the year-end orthopedic research symposium
- Scholar will be encouraged to submit presentation to AAP NCE. This meeting is each October, deadline for abstracts is April 15. There are three $1000 awards provided by POSNA for best young investigator in training awards.
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