AAOS Bulletin - August, 2006

CSDP workshop provides grant-writing tips

June program generated positive feedback from residents, mentors

By Sean Scully, MD, PhD, and Regis O’Keefe, MD, PhD

The fourth annual Clinician Scientist Development Program (CSDP) workshop was held June 19–20 in San Antonio. Cosponsored by the AAOS, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) and the Orthopaedic Research Society, the CSDP is a workshop for PGY2, PGY3 and PGY4 residents with the desire or potential to become orthopaedic clinician scientists. It is held each year in conjunction with the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) annual meeting and offers residents the opportunity to establish mentor relationships, share experiences and obtain advice from experienced faculty.

Thirteen residents were selected from those nominated by orthopaedic residency chairs. The 11 faculty members provided residents with an orientation to the research environment, including research history, funding sources and orthopaedic research organizations. Residents also had the opportunity to meet and interact with other research professionals and to establish a mentor relationship.

Each year, the CSDP improves; by all accounts, this fourth installment was the most successful of the series, thanks to the engaged residents and dynamic faculty.

NIH participation

Among those who attended were James S. Panagis, MD, MPH, the director of the orthopaedics program at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

(NIAMS); Rocky Tuan, PhD, of the NIAMS intramural research program; and Jean Sipe, PhD, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review. They reviewed the NIH structure and provided guidance to its grants process.

The faculty included Harry Kim, MD (Shriners Hospital for Children in Florida); Richard M. Terek, MD (Brown University); Barbara Boyan, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology); Constance Chu (University of Pittsburgh); and Valerae O. Lewis, MD (MD Anderson Cancer Center).

Residents were given an overview of the clinician scientist career timeline as well as some tips for successful grant writing. We both thought it was very exciting to see the enthusiasm of this talented group of young clinician scientists.  Advances in our field and the translation of basic discoveries to improved patient care will not occur without the commitment of orthopaedic surgeons to research.

Positive feedback

John Louis-Ugbo, MD, was among the residents who attended the CSDP. A PGY-2 resident at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Louis-Ugbo earned his medical degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He appreciated the opportunity to share his passion for research, teaching and patient care in orthopaedics. “I look forward to bringing my diverse research background, my thorough knowledge of human anatomy and neuroanatomy and my passion for teaching and patient care to any institution in the future to better the lot of my colleagues, my patients and the world of orthopaedics,” he said.

A similar commitment was expressed by J. Brian Gill, MD, MBA, a PGY-3 orthopaedic surgery resident at Texas Tech University. Dr. Gill described orthopaedic surgery as a fulfilling and rewarding career with the surgical discipline driven by the continued advancement of science. “Advancing the field of orthopaedic surgery one step at a time through research activities and teaching others that come after me is how I intend to contribute to orthopaedic surgery,” he said.

Residents also had the opportunity to attend the AOA/OREF/Zimmer Resident Leader Forum after the CSDP workshop. Applications to participate in the 2007 Clinician Scientist Development Program will be available on the AAOS Web site in September.

Sean P. Scully, MD, PhD, served as program chair for the 2006 CSDP workshop; Regis J. O’Keefe, MD, PhD, served as a faculty member and is the former chair of the Clinician Scientist Program Committee.

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