Resident Research

At UAMS, we understand the importance of research and its connection to advancing patient care and improving outcomes. In fact, within the last three years, our residents have contributed to 32 PubMed indexed publications and have given numerous national presentations.

All orthopaedic surgery residents complete a comprehensive research project during their training, and are provided opportunities to conduct clinical and basic science research with the assistance of members of the orthopaedic faculty. During PGY-4, each resident presents his/her research project during the James Aronson, M.D., Resident Research Competition at the Annual Arkansas Orthopaedic Forum.  Whether clinical or laboratory-based, completed projects should be of such quality that national presentations and publications in a peer-reviewed journal are expected.

The Resident Research Committee is a group of advisors and contacts from orthopedics, microbiology, endocrinology, physiology, health literacy, health policy/management, pharmacology, and biostatistics who can help residents find the data and resources they need to complete meaningful orthopaedic research. Residents present updates on their research to the committee annually. Biostatistical services, reference software for manuscripts, and assistance with Internal Review Board (IRB) submissions for patient-based research studies are available within the department. Residents who are awarded podium presentations as primary authors at research meetings are supported by the department to cover travel costs.

2019 James Aronson, M.D., Resident Research Competition

Asa ShnaekelCongratulations to Asa Shnaekel, M.D., the 2019 winner of the Resident Research Competition at the Annual Arkansas Orthopaedic Forum!

Project:  “A Departmental Policy Can Reduce Opioid Prescribing After Orthopedic Surgery”

2019 Research Projects:

  • Flexible Intramedullary Nailing of Pediatric Forearm Fractures: A Retrospective Analysis
    Keith M. Nord, M.D., PGY-4 (advisor: Brant C. Sachleben, M.D.)
  • A Departmental Policy Can Reduce Opioid Prescribing After Orthopedic Surgery
    Winner: Asa W. Shnaekel, M.D., PGY-4 (Advisor: Simon C. Mears, M.D.)
  • Cervical Spine Fractures in Parkinson Disease
    Jordan M. Walters, M.D., PGY-4 (Advisor: David B. Bumpass, M.D.)
  • Characterization of Pediatric ATV Orthopedic Injury Patterns, Surgical Interventions and Complications in Arkansas
    Chad B. Willis, M.D., PGY-4 (Advisor: David B. Bumpass, M.D.)
  • Preoperative Patient Education on a Short Term Orthopaedic Mission: Impact on Knowledge, Anxiety and Informed Consent
    Mitchell A. Solano, M.D., PGY-1 (Advisor: Harpal “Paul” Khanuja, M.D.)