An Analysis of Research Quality and Productivity at Six Academic Orthopaedic Residencies

Patrick M. Osborn, S. Elizabeth Ames, Norman S. Turner, Michelle S. Caird, Matthew D. Karam, Matthew A. Mormino, Chad A. Krueger

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Objective: It remains largely unknown what factors impact the research productivity of residency programs. We hypothesized that dedicated resident research time would not affect the quantity and quality of a program's peer-reviewed publication within orthopedic residencies. These findings may help programs improve structure their residency programs to maximize core competencies. Design: Three hundred fifty-nine residents and 240 staff from six different US orthopedic residency programs were analyzed. All publications published by residents and faculty at each program from January 2007 to December 2015 were recorded. SCImago Journal Rankings (SJR) were found for each journal. Results: There were no significant differences in publications by residents at each program (p > 0.05). Faculty with 10+ years of on staff, had significantly more publications than those with less than 10 years (p < 0.01). Programs with increased resident research time did not consistently produce publications with higher SJR than those without dedicated research time. Conclusions: Increased dedicated resident research time did not increase resident publication rates or lead to publications with higher SJR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1635-1642
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Surgical Education
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2018


  • Faculty tenure
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Orthopedic education
  • Orthopedic surgery residency
  • Professionalism
  • Research productivity
  • Research time
  • Resident research
  • Systems-Based Practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Education


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