Editor’s Note: The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery’s Robert Bucholz Resident Journal Club Grant provides selected orthopaedic surgery residency programs with funds that facilitate career-long skills in evaluating orthopaedic literature and its impact on clinical decision-making. The Journal is always interested in hearing how those funds have been used to enhance orthopaedic education. Here, Michael Perrone, MD describes how the University of Chicago’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine used its grant this past academic year.
Our residency hosted Dr. Mohit Bhandari for two days. Dr. Bhandari is widely recognized as the world’s foremost authority in the translation of orthopaedic research into clinical practice. On the first day, he joined us for dinner at a local Chicago pizzeria, where we had a “Deep Dish-cussion” about several landmark articles within the orthopaedic literature. He provided his insights on the design, merits, and limitations of each paper, while also discussing each study’s clinical impact. Both residents and faculty alike found the discussion enlightening and educational.
The following morning, Dr. Bhandari delivered Grand Rounds to the entire department. His talk, “Fear Less, Do More,” gave us an inside look at the trials and tribulations of conducting large, multicenter studies and bringing them to publication. Throughout the talk, he encouraged residents and faculty to be ambitious in their pursuit of research and evidence-based practice.
There are few people with more experience or expertise within orthopaedic research than Dr. Bhandari, and his visit to our residency program was inspirational and enlightening. Such an experience would not have been possible without the generous support from JBJS.
Michael Perrone, MD
University of Chicago
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) recently awarded a $500,000 grant to an international trauma study called INORMUS (International Orthopaedic Multi-center Study in Fracture Care). According to lead researcher Mohit Bhandari, MD, of McMaster University in Canada, the observational cohort study hopes to enroll 40,000 patients; its goal is to determine both patient and institutional factors in developing nations such as China and India that help predict complications within 30 days after a fracture or dislocation.”From the data on our initial 6,000 patients, we found that some people wait up to four days to have an open fracture treated,” Dr. Bhandari told Orthopedics This Week. He added that in rural India, 30-day mortality after a fracture arising from a major traffic accident is 2%. “While 2% may not sound shocking,” Dr. Bhandari said, “imagine that many people coming into a US hospital with only a fracture and being dead within 30 days.”
For more information about INORMUS, click here.