Each fellow is expected to formulate appropriate research questions and, with the assistance of faculty members, develop research strategies to answer them. Preferably, at least one appropriate research question should be decided upon by the fellow and appropriate faculty members prior to matriculation or, at the very latest, at the end of the first month of fellowship. The fellow is expected to complete at least two non-case report projects during the course of the fellowship, such that completed manuscripts are submitted to an orthopaedic journal prior to completion of the fellowship. Failure to meet requirements may result in delayed receipt of the fellowship certificate.
In addition to the creation of new knowledge through research, the fellow is also expected to develop critical evaluation skills for the purposes of critiquing the research of others. Such skills are of critical importance to the pediatric orthopaedist, who must make treatment decisions based on published research. Fellows will be allowed to assist in JBJS, JPO, Spine and Clinical Orthopedic Related Research (CORR) manuscript reviews as assigned by the program director.
Fellows are expected to follow approved IRB procedures established by Cincinnati Children’s and work through the dedicated research coordinator as their principal investigator (PI).
Fellows should contact their attending’s respective research coordinator as soon as possible to begin mandatory training for clinicians entering into research. Refer to the Division’s eChirp page or Center Link’s Research page for critical training information and links.