A one-month block of time is made available each academic year for second and third year residents to conduct research. In addition, ongoing clinical research takes place throughout the year.
The participation of the residents in research projects is encouraged, and we support independent study design and implementation of ideas. Various clinical investigations are conducted, including retrospective and prospective studies. These studies are supervised and supported by our faculty and the organization's institutional review board (IRB).
Many of our clinical trials are sponsored by pharmaceutical or device companies. The residents play a strong role in the conduct of the trials by performing study-related tasks. Past trials include protocols involving diabetic foot ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, ankle implants, bone graft materials, plantar fasciitis and onychomycosis. Residents are also encouraged to develop their own studies.
Research is often presented at national meetings and on Resident Research Day, a yearly event that takes place within our health system. In addition, the results of residents' studies have been published in various journals.