Resident Research Program

  • Residents are expected to complete a minimum of one high-quality research study for publication in a top-tier orthopedic journal.
  • Each resident presents his/her research thesis at the Arkansas Orthopaedic Forum as a fourth-year resident.
  • Residents are strongly encouraged to submit at least one grant application during their residency, most typically for their thesis project.

Resident Research Resources

  • A Resident Research Committee is in place, and residents present updates on their research to the committee annually.  This committee has members from orthopedics, microbiology, endocrinology, physiology, health literacy, health policy/management, pharmacology, and biostatistics.  The goal of the committee is to provide a group of advisors and contacts who can help residents find the data and resources they need to complete meaningful orthopaedic research.
  • The department has a Resident Research Fund that has been established to provide pilot funding for projects, with the goal of enabling residents to then apply for larger grants to fund promising research.
  • Assistance with obtaining Internal Review Board approval for patient-based research studies is available within the department.
  • Dedicated orthopaedic biostatistical help is also available to residents.
  • Reference software for manuscript creation is supplied by the department.
  • Residents who are awarded podium presentations as primary authors at research meetings are supported by the department to cover travel costs.

Orthopaedic Research Lab

  • The department has a dedicated orthopaedic research laboratory area adjacent to the department offices.  This facility contains:
    • The UAMS Biomechanics Laboratory houses a new MTS load frame capable of testing both small and large human tissue specimens and orthopaedic implants.
    • The UAMS Bone Histology Core Laboratory provides bone histology services for multiple clinical and basic science departments across the medical campus.
    • The UAMS Micro CT Core Laboratory operates multiple scanners that are used by multiple UAMS laboratories involved in bone research. (Scanco, Bruker)

Orthopaedic Gait Laboratory

  • The department has access to a fully-equipped and staffed gait laboratory that can perform stride analysis, force plate measurement, balance assessments, EMG testing, and other gait-related experiments. (photo)

Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI)

  • Less than 2 miles from our campus,  ACRI houses a world-class animal surgery center that is available for orthopaedic-related in vivo surgical research.