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ORTHOPaEDIC Research Education Programs

OREF supports independent, peer-reviewed musculoskeletal research and education seeking clinically relevant advancements that orthopaedic surgeons can apply in daily practice to improve outcomes and help patients enjoy more of life.

OREF addresses the challenges faced by new and early-stage researchers who are trying to begin and sustain independent research careers by providing support of research education programming. Drawing upon the knowledge of well-established investigators, OREF's programs aim to facilitate the education of new researchers while encourageing the diversity of analysis and expertise.

OREF invites you to take advantage—or tell a colleague—of the opportunities to:

  • Gain laboratory experience and test your affinity for research.
  • Learn from leading investigators and augment your CV.
  • Position yourself for success in obtaining institutional and external funding

OREF Resident Research Symposia

Resident Research Symposia give orthopaedic residents at area training programs an opportunity to present research papers and posters to a panel of experienced investigators and clinicians. Panels comprising established orthopaedic investigators critique and rank the work, and top presenters are acknowledged. Past participants—residents, panelists, and mentoring attending physicians—have reported that these sessions are challenging, rewarding, and fun.

Description of Program:
  • This regional program offers residents from the various training programs an opportunity to showcase their research projects.
  • Presentations & papers are judged by well-known orthopaedic researchers or peers in the field.
  • Top three presentations are provided cash prizes.
Who Applies:
  • Residents of invited institutions. 
  • Resident must be completing research project.

Top Presenters

See the research that received top honors at this year's and past Resident Research Symposia by choosing a year from the list below.

2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

Grant Writing Workshop

Grant Writing Workshops encourage and enhance the research abilities of young orthopaedic surgeons and musculoskeletal researchers. The workshops provide grant recipients, including junior faculty, clinical fellows and residents, the opportunity to have their sample grant applications reviewed by representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and established investigators. Reviewers offer guidance on ways to improve the applications to increase their chances to secure NIH funding.

Description of Program:
  • Encourages and enhances the research abilities of young orthopaedic surgeons. The workshops provide Grant/Award recipients the opportunity to have their sample grant applications reviewed by experienced NIH-funded researchers.
  • Reviewers offer guidance on ways to improve the applications to increase their chances for NIH acceptance.
Who Applies:
  • Post-doctoral Researchers.
  • Clinical Fellows.
  • Residents.
  • Applicants must have a commitment to pursing an academic research career.
For more information, please contact the Grants team at (847) 430-5111 or by email at