Research training is provided throughout the residency. However, three months during the PGY-3 year are dedicated to research. The research rotation is monitored by the Research Committee, chaired by Doug Burton, M.D. Residents are encouraged to start thinking about their research during the PGY-2 year and complete all research on-line training before starting their three month rotation. Usually data collection is completed during the three month rotation, while data analysis, preparation of presentations, and completion of manuscripts is done subsequently. Research is performed in either the Bioengineering Lab, directed by Terence McIff, Ph.D. or the Harrington Laboratory for Molecular Orthopedics, directed by Jinxi Wang, M.D., Ph.D. Residents may also participate in clinical research with any one of the clinical faculty. Residents are required to publish a minimum of one manuscript in a peer-reviewed journal and are encouraged to present at local, regional, and national meetings. The PGY-5 residents present their research each year at our annual Leonard F. Peltier, M.D., Ph.D. Lectureship. The program includes a nationally known guest lecturer and case presentations by the PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents. Faculty, alumni, and community physicians attend the lecture.
In 2007, Dr. Federico Adler established the Betty & Federico Adler Resident Award Fund at the through the KU Endowment Association. The fund provides and annual award to recognize outstanding medical research performed by a resident physician who conducted original research or made original contributions to ongoing research in the field of orthopedic medicine. The Award is presented each year at the department's graduation ceremony. The recipients receive a monetary award and their names are placed on plaques displayed in the Biomechanical Research Lab and in the academic offices of the department. Past winners are: