Johns Hopkins Medicine is committed to the education of physicians and scientists in both clinical and biomedical research. In line with this commitment, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery endeavors not only to train clinical leaders, but to provide our residents with the tools to advance both the clinical and basic science of orthopaedics. 

Research training is provided in two formats:

  • the Resident Thesis Research Project and
  • Monthly Research Rounds   www.hopkinsortho.org/2012research_calendar.html

Resident Thesis Research Project
The objective of the resident thesis research project is to provide residents with the skills needed to perform independent research, culminating in a topically significant, publication-quality manuscript. Work is guided by both a topic-specific mentor and a research advisor drawn from the Departmental Research Committee.

Residents learn to perform critical literature review, generate testable hypotheses, design an effective study, collect and analyze data, and prepare oral and written presentations. You have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of research topics in both clinical and basic science. 

With guidance from their assigned research advisor, residents begin by either choosing a pre-defined research project or identifying an area of research interest, picking a research mentor, and generating a project proposal.

Research is carried out over the course of residency, with a concentrated research block during the PGY-3 year. The project should be completed by the end of the PGY-4 year, as chiefship provides little time for research activities. 

Progress on research projects is monitored during regular meetings with the assigned research advisor, and is presented yearly to the faculty during research rounds beginning in the PGY-2 year. 

Research projects culminate in the production of a publication quality manuscript and oral presentation delivered at resident graduation. Presentation at national meetings is encouraged and is underwritten by the Department.

Monthly Research Rounds www.hopkinsortho.org/research_calendar.html

Monthly Research Rounds are held from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM the last Thursday of the month.

From 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM, residents (PGY2-4) present updates on their research projects to the faculty. These sessions are led by two members of the Research Committee, at least one of whom has particular expertise in statistics. 

From 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM lectures in Orthopaedic Basic Science are presented to provide residents with a broad background in the scientific basis of orthopaedic practice, and aid residents in preparation for the Orthopaedic In-Training Examination. Lectures follow the textbook, "Orthopaedic Basic Science", from the AAOS, and are scheduled on a two-year rotation cycle.

An ongoing course on Research Tools is presented by faculty as well as invited speakers from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. The goal of this exercise is to equip residents with the tools needed to accelerate their research such as advanced training in data organization, illustration, and presentation.

From 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Journal Club is held to reinforce the subject matter presented during lectures, and to provide training in the evaluation of basic and clinical research.


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