Research is an integral part of the Adult Reconstruction Fellowship at OrthoCarolina. Each fellow is expected to produce one publication quality research project that will be submitted to the annual meetings of AAHKS and AAOS. Fellows may also do additional projects either independently or with an attending sponsor. Fellows have full support and access to the OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI).

It is important to establish a project early in order to get timely IRB approval. Susan Odum, Senior Research Scientist, and Amy Roznowski, Project Manager, are available to assist you.


  • Literature reviews
  • Providing Attending and Research Department (OrthoCarolina Research Institute- OCRI) with research plan for each project
  • Assisting with IRB submission – IRB submissions are due within first two months of start of fellowship
  • Requesting charts/x-rays (note: requests must be made 1 week in advance)
  • Chart review
  • Data collection
  • Assisting with data entry
  • Assisting with phone surveys if applicable to study
  • Assisting with contacting patients for return visits if applicable to study
  • Assisting with consenting patients for study
  • Planning clinic time to see returning study patients
  • Submitting drafts of abstracts/manuscripts and completed two weeks prior to the deadline to allow proper time to review and edit
  • Providing electronic copies of all work to research department for permanent filing. Correspondence to research staff will be done using OC e-mail only. No outside email addresses will be used.


  • In-servicing proper procedures for the above listed responsibilities
  • Providing tools and resources to assist Fellows through the study process
  • Protocol design and power analysis
  • IRB final submission
  • Contacting medical records staff to pull charts/x-rays
  • Contacting and consenting patients
  • Database/spreadsheet design
  • Data collection form design
  • Data/statistical analysis
  • Final manuscript editing


August 1 – Selection of research project
August 15 – Background/Rationale complete
August 15 -31 – Meet with OCRI to design protocol
September 1 – Protocol draft completed
Sept-Oct – IRB submission
Nov-May – Data Collection
May 15 – Abstract data due to OCRI for review
May 25 – Abstract draft due to OCRI for review
June 1 – AAOS, AAHKS, Knee and Hip Society abstract deadlines
June 1-July 31 – Write manuscript and prepare for Fellows Research Day