Research Committee

The Research Committee reviews preclinical, clinical, and education research within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. The committee meets monthly to review original research grant proposals and proposals for initiation of clinical outcomes databases. This committee is chaired by Marc Swiontkowski, MD and includes representatives from UMMC, TRIA, and Regions. 

Application Process

Proposals must be submitted at least five working days prior to the meeting to be considered. Otherwise, they will be reviewed at the next monthly meeting. 

If you would like to submit a research project for research committee approval, please use the appropriate form:

Clinical Research Proposal Form
Education Research Proposal Form
Preclinical Research Proposal Form
RC Budget Form

Approved proposals will receive a signed approval letter following the Research Committee meeting. The approval letter will include Research Committee project number, funding information, and other instructions. Active projects will be required to provide regular progress updates to the Research Committee as requested.

Leadership & Support

Committee Chair: Marc Swiontkowski, MD
Site Leaders: David Polly, Jr, MD (UMMC); Brian Cunningham, MD(Regions); Bradley Nelson, MD (TRIA) 
Research Coordinators: Sandy Vang(Regions); Kelsey Schnackenberg (TRIA)

Project Types


In the area of clinical research, we have broad experience in outcomes measurement and the incorporation of outcomes data collection activities within clinical practice. Our faculty have led and participated in numerous multi-center, international randomized controlled trials. Orthopaedic Surgery faculty have broad experience in cohort study design, meta-analysis of the literature, and cost-effectiveness methods. We believe the future of clinical research lies within the linkage of outcomes data collection with the electronic medical record in order to perform sophisticated analytics on large patient clinical data sets.


Medical education research is investigation of the educational systems in place to educate practicing physicians, fellows, residents, and medical students. Areas of study may include policies related to resident selection, curriculum design, learner and program assessment, motor skill development, mentorship, instructional design, and the measurement of behavioral, attitudinal or cognitive change.

The objectives of medical education research are to assess the culture of medical education, identifying areas for potential reform or enhancement; design, evaluate and support curricular innovations; and investigate and suggest potential reforms to the culture underlying medical education. 


Preclinical research proposals are considered to be those that are not conducted in patients.