Research is a priority of the fellowship, as we believe a high level of proficiency in research is critical for leadership in all practice environments. We believe this is best achieved with a ‘quality over quantity’ approach. While the opportunity is there for far greater productivity, fellows are only asked to complete 2-3 high-quality projects that contribute significantly to the literature. To achieve this, fellows have weekly protected research time and are supported by OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI). A close relationship with Atrium’s nationally ranked orthopedic residency also provides many opportunities for co-authored publications with motivated and highly capable residents.