During the year, the fellow is expected to actively participate in the variety of research opportunities available through the MedStar Union Memorial Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and its associated facilities.

With assistance from the attending and research staff, the fellow is expected to: identify appropriate research questions, systematically review the pertinent literature, appropriately design materials, methods and statistical analysis for a project, and bring the paper to a publishable, presentable peer review form.

A single independent project is required and other independent and collaborative projects are encouraged.

Surgical Technique and Technology Laboratory (STAT Lab)

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital has a Surgical Technique and Technology (STAT) Laboratory. This facility encompasses nearly 5000 square feet of space and includes a 2500 square foot surgical training area, a conference area capable of seating up to 30 people, and a biomechanics research facility. The laboratory facilities are supervised by Brent Parks, MSc Director of the STAT Lab.

The STAT lab facility will accommodate up to 6 surgical stations for arthroscopic training courses and up to 4 surgical tables for training in minimally invasive techniques. This facility is well equipped and staffed to handle all types of cadaveric dissections and surgical training courses.

Live, 2-way interactive video conferencing are available between the conference area and the STAT lab, and between these areas and two of our operating rooms. Large flat-screen monitors are located throughout the surgical bays for displaying technique videos. The monitors will be capable of displaying the same video at each station or display different videos at each station independently. Thus, a large group can be trained in the same technique, or different techniques can be taught at the individual stations.


Instruction in state of the art utilization of online and computerized research and learning materials through the Medical Library at the MedStar Union Memorial Hospital and hands on instruction in research design and literature critique by Janet Yu-Yahiro, Ph.D., Director of Research, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Full time editorial staff to help with research and publication process. Assistance is available in the following areas: journal criterion for publishable studies, appropriate target journals, manuscript preparation for journal articles, book chapters and other scholarly efforts, follow-up and interaction with journal editors, publishers, proof reading, production monitoring and maintenance of all publication records. Other equipment and software which can be accessed through the editorial and fellowship office include a digital projector, laptop computer, scanner, digital camera and primal picture 3D anatomic software package.

Research funding: All projects are submitted to the Orthopaedic Research Committee for review and approval before initiation. There are adequate and available funds for spine fellowship projects.