Research is required of each resident. Before completing the program, each resident is required to bring at least one research project to completion and to prepare a paper which is judged to be worthy of publication. As can be seen from the list of presentations and publications, many of these projects are brought to publication.
Two incoming residents each year are matched into the six-year research track. There is a dedicated research year spent between the intern year and the second year of residency. Much of the time is spent with research activities that include study design, manuscript writing, biomechanical testing and cadaver harvesting. Each research resident is tasked with designing and carrying out an original study as well as working on some of the current ongoing studies. There is a fully equipped biomechanics lab that has been used for mechanical testing of bony fixation constructs as well as soft tissue fixation. The Miami Valley Hospital cadaver lab is an excellent source of research opportunities. There is a research office with computers and library access. There are some clinical responsibilities during the research year. Research residents help staff the Dayton VA Medical Center hand, joint and shoulder clinics, as well as taking two nights of overnight call per month.
Clinical studies form an active part of the research endeavors of the Wright State University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and include several industry-funded projects as well as unfunded clinical studies performed at Miami Valley Hospital. Numerous articles, projects and case reports continue to progress. See Publications and Presentations listed below for detailed research information.
Publications and Presentations
For information on our faculty publications and presentations, view our department newsletters: