A report on the OREF/ORS Southwest Region Resident Research Symposia
On May 25, 2011, the third annual Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF)/Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Southwest Region Resident Research Symposium was held in San Diego.
The event showcased resident researchers from training programs in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. Papers were judged by clinical and basic science faculty members from the University of California, San Diego; Naval Medical Center, San Diego; and by Visiting Professor Regis J. O’Keefe, MD, PhD, chairman, department of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Rochester (New York).
Hosted by the department of orthopaedic surgery, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, the annual OREF/ORS Southwest Region Resident Research Symposium continues to grow and attract interest from residency programs. This year, more than 40 residents from eight different training programs submitted abstracts; 20 residents were selected to present at the symposium.
“We were pleasantly surprised by the extent of participation of the residency programs in the southwest. The winners in both categories presented high-quality research and received accolades from Dr. O’Keefe,” said LCDR Christopher B. Dewing, MD, local event coordinator.
Participating residents found the event both rewarding and stimulating. Joel C. Williams, MD, a resident from the University of California, Davis, Medical Center, stated, “The OREF/ORS symposium was a great venue to share new ideas with other residents in the area. I was impressed to see such high caliber research being done at the resident level.”
“The symposium was a great experience,” agreed Rosanna L. Wustrack, MD, a resident from the University of California, San Francisco. “It was a chance to share ideas and learn from other residents and their research. The best part was getting feedback on my own research from the participants and getting ideas about how to improve my project.”
Congratulations to the winners…
The judges named the following winners, each of whom received an honorarium:
Basic Science—1st Place: Joel C. Williams, MD, University of California, Davis, BMP-7 induces reproducible healing in rodent CSD model using a novel fixator; 2nd Place: Orrin Franko, MD, University of California, San Diego, The role of the A4 pulley in flexor digitorum profundus muscle-tendon unit function; 3rd Place: Samantha L. Piper, MD, University of California, San Francisco, Thermal stress potentiates bupivacaine chondrotoxicity in vitro.
Clinical Science—1st Place: Rosanna L. Wustrack, MD, University of California, San Francisco, Early change in activity levels following surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis; 2nd Place: Simon Görtz, MD, University of California, San Diego, Twenty-five year experience with osteochondral allografting of the knee; 3rd Place: LCDR Paul Shupe, MD, USN, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, Prospective analysis of hip arthroscopy.
Previous Resident Research Symposia
Earlier in 2011, two additional Resident Research Symposia were held. The Florida Orthopaedic Society (FOS) hosted a Resident Research Symposium for programs in the southeast in May. Awards were presented to the following individuals: Jesus M. Villa, MD, Readmissions after primary total hip replacement: A quality measure? and Juan S. Contreras, MD, Celebrex in the prevention of heterotopic bone formation after total hip arthroplasty.
Eric R. Henderson, MD, University of South Florida, who presented on Failure modes of segmental endoprostheses for tumor surgery—Review of five institutions and literature meta-analysis, tied with Check C. Kam, MD, of the University of Miami, for first place among residents.
In March, the 2011 Midwest Heartland Symposium, under the direction of Khaled Saleh, MD, MSc, MHCM, of Southern Illinois University, and Wendy M. Novicoff, PhD, of the University of Virginia, recognized the efforts of Antonia F. Chen, MD, University of Pittsburgh, Immediate postoperative physical therapy decreases hospital length of stay for total joint arthroplasty patients; Maegen Wallace, MD, Saint Louis University, A prospective evaluation of post-traumatic stress disorder and parent stress in children exposed to orthopaedic trauma; Andrew R. Hsu, MD, Rush University, Effect of a second joint replacement on metal ion levels after primary total hip arthroplasty; and Kevin R. Sharif, MD, Southern Illinois University, Pain management after total joint arthroplasty: A multi-modal approach.
Final 2011 symposium
The OREF/ORS Mid-Atlantic Regional Resident Research Symposium, the last in the 2011 series, will be held on Oct. 26, 2011, at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and hosted by L. Andrew Koman, MD, professor and department chair, orthopaedic surgery. The guest speaker will be Shepard R. Hurwitz, MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and director, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
OREF/ORS Resident Research Symposia are made possible by support from Biomet and Synthes.
CAPT Dana C. Covey, MD, USN, chairman, department of orthopaedic surgery at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, returned to the United States in March 2011 following deployment to Afghanistan in July 2010. He can be reached at email@example.com