ABOS Funded Research
On occasion, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) funds research projects related to its mission. This page is updated when new funding opportunities are available.
Simulation Grants Available from ABOS and OREF
The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) are partnering to advance simulation as a tool for training orthopaedic residents. ABOS is funding $300,000 3-year grants that will support a simulation research and development program to assess the skills of a resident in training. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent was Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
The goal of the grant is to support research that produces simulations of basic orthopaedic skills at the PGY 2-3 level that engage residents, are low tech and low cost so that they can be made widely available, have defined steps to obtain a set of benchmarks, and demonstrate that resident practice leading to benchmark skills would transfer to improved performance in the operating room.
OREF and ABOS are encouraging a variety of simulation projects that impact orthopaedic practice with a focus on:
• Basic arthroscopic skills
• Fluoroscopic skills
• Fracture fixation skills
• Three-dimensional visualization
• Other skills basic to the practice of orthopaedic surgery
The ABOS sets standards for orthopaedic residency programs as they pertain to qualification for ABOS’s Certification Program. The ABOS believes that funding of research could assist orthopaedic residency programs improve the education and training of future orthopaedic surgeons. “As we look to the future of surgical education we want to find ways for learners to acquire surgical skills safely, efficiently and cost efficiently,” said J. Lawrence Marsh, MD, Senior Director of ABOS. “In other occupations, such as the arts and professional sports, skills are practiced, but orthopaedic surgery residents, under supervision, perform surgery on actual patients without practicing first. Simulation training and labs would allow them a chance to practice.”
More information on the funding opportunity and how to submit a letter of intent can be found at www.oref.org/grants-and-awards/grant-programs/research-specific-grants. If you have any questions, please contact the OREF at 847-430-5109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Innovations in Surgical Education
In 2014 ABOS solicited research grant proposals from orthopaedic surgery residency programs that promoted innovations in surgical education of residents. Ten researchers from across the country were awarded grants of $25,000 each to fund their projects.