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Research Track

UC San Diego prides itself in research, as well as clinical excellence. Most of the clinical training programs here reflect the emphasis on research. Residents will have the opportunity to participate in a one-year research fellowship.

This experience is in addition to the regular clinical training. Specific details can be discussed directly with the Residency program director and the Vice-Chair of Research.

The research track resident will follow the same training as the five-year clinical track, but will spend one year after the PGY1 year conducting research within the lab. The research track resident will resume as a PGY2 clinical trainee after the research year.

Research Year

The research year may consist of clinical, translational, or basic research. The resident has input into planning as well as performing projects for the research year. The lab year emphasizes critical analysis of the literature, research techniques, statistical tools, and regulatory requirements. The outcome of this year is resident-driven contributions to the Orthopaedic literature, which should serve as a spring-board for a career as a clinician-scientist.

Research Facilities

The research facilities for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery are maintained at the Altman Clinical Translational Research Institute (ACTRI), Thornton Medical Centers, Jacobs Medical Centers, UC San Diego Medical Center, Rady Children's Hospital, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). Sophisticated tools and techniques are available in these labs for bioengineering, physiology, biochemical, hard and soft tissue morphology, tissue culture, and bioengineering.

Core laboratories within the Department include anatomical and histological preparation areas, light, confocal, and electron microscopy, radiography, human and animal surgery, biochemistry, physiology, cell culture, proteomics, genomics, and metabolomics. Current research areas are funded by the NIH, DoD, VA, NSF, and a number of industry and Foundation grants.