Published 12/31/2019
Gregory A. Mencio, MD, FAAOS

ABOS Supports Research Through Diplomates and Partnerships

Scientific investigation is critical to orthopaedic surgery, as it is in all branches of medicine. Although the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) does not directly conduct research studies, it does support research in two significant ways: partnering with Diplomates and organizations.

Since 2005, the ABOS has partnered with Diplomates by providing access to select Part II ABOS Candidate datasets for research projects. Results of such studies have been presented at national meetings and published in many leading medical journals, including the Journal of the AAOS, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Journal of Sports Medicine, Spine, and Journal of Hand Surgery. A list of approved and completed projects is available on the ABOS website at www.abos.org.

Diplomates who would like to use the ABOS data are required to submit a research proposal to the ABOS Research Committee, which is composed of four members of the ABOS Board of Directors. The Research Committee considers proposals in two cycles each year (November and May). The next deadline for submission is May 15, 2020. Approved projects are subject to a $2,800 fee that covers the expenses to extract the data. All data provided to researchers are deidentified in accordance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requirements. Forms and additional information can be found at www.abos.org/research/abos-data-for-research. Brenda Kulp, ABOS professional education specialist, manages research proposal requests and can be reached at bkulp@abos.org.

Since 2015, the ABOS also has partnered with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to sponsor research scholars in the ABMS Visiting Scholar Program. Junior faculty; residents/fellows; and individuals holding advanced degrees in public health, health services research, and other relevant disciplines can apply to participate in the one-year, part-time program facilitating research projects related to Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification. In addition to the research project, scholars are exposed to the fields of professional assessment and education, health policy, and quality improvement and are offered the opportunity to develop leadership skills critical to their own professional growth and success.

The ABOS’ current visiting scholar is Rachel Frank, MD, assistant professor at the University of Colorado, whose project is titled, “Is There a Ceiling Effect in Virtual Reality Orthopaedic Surgical Simulators? A Prospective Clinical Trial.”

Since the inception of the Visiting Scholar Program, the ABOS has had a diverse group of visiting scholars, from residents and fellows to full faculty members, who have completed a variety of research projects, including the following:

  • 2018–2019: Amy Cizik, PhD, MPH, research assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle; project: “Using Patient-reported Outcome Measures for Practice Improvement in the Certification and Recertification of Orthopaedic Surgeons”
  • 2017–2018: Johnathan Bernard, MD, MPH, attending of sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the National Sports Medicine Institute in Ashburn, Va., and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Md. (currently an orthopaedic surgeon at OrthoVirginia); project: “The Role of Orthopaedic Surgery Milestones in Assessing Competency of Technical and Arthroscopic Skill of Residents; Development of a Cadaveric Surgical Model on Meniscal Injuries using Arthroscopic Video and Surgeon Point of View Recording”
  • 2016–2017: Sandeep Mannava, MD, PhD, sports medicine fellow at Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colo. (currently an assistant professor at the University of Rochester); project: “The Evolving Role of Simulation-based Surgery Training in Orthopaedic Surgery”
  • 2015–2016: Benjamin Wooster, MD, an orthopaedic surgery resident at Duke University in Durham, N.C. (currently at fellow at Mayo Clinic); project: “Does Anatomic Knowledge Correlate with Surgical Competency? A Multi-center Study.”

For more information about the Visiting Scholars Program, visit www.abos.org/research/visiting-scholars. Applications for the 2020–2021 Visiting Scholars Program opens this month.

Gregory A. Mencio, MD, FAAOS, is chair of the ABOS Research Committee.