Develop Study Design

Conduct Background Research

University of Minnesota Libraries 

Caitlin Bakker 
Caitlin Bakker is the Biomedical/Research Services Librarian at the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries. As a liaison to the Medical School, Caitlin is here to help our faculty, residents, staff, and students in orthopaedic surgery with all of their information needs, including literature searching, systematic reviews, data management, research impact assessment, and many other aspects of research. You can reach her at or 612-301-1353.

The University of Minnesota Libraries 
Offers a number of online tutorials on topics relevant to research including how to conduct a literature review and how to organize your citations.

Citation Management Tools

EndNote is available to all Orthopaedic Surgery faculty who wish to use it. Please talk to Paul Lender if you need access to EndNote.

Determine Feasibility

Sample Size Calculations

Biostatistical Design and Analysis Center 
The CTSI Biostatistical Design and Analysis Center can provide power analysis services. Funds for these resources can be obtained through the Research Committee or through external grants.

Recruitment Feasibility

The i2b2 cohort discovery tool is a self-service tool that allows you to determine if there is a cohort of patients in CTSI’s clinical data repository that meets your criteria of interest.

Orthopaedic Surgery Coders
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery coders can provide CPT codes for various medical conditions and procedures. They can also help determine the number of patients that have been treated with certain procedures in orthopaedic surgery. Please contact Toddie Tastad for help with these requests. 

Departmental Resources

Julie Agel and Paul Lender are both able to help with statistical analysis for research projects conducted in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. 


Set up your study

SSG Meetings 

Peer review of research ideas takes place at subspecialty group meetings. Sports, shoulder, hand, spine, and trauma groups all meet regularly to discuss research ideas and ongoing projects in their respective areas. These meetings are attended by faculty, residents, and research staff. Dates, times, and locations of SSG meetings can be found on the SSG website.

Please note that projects conducted at TRIA require SSG review before moving forward with protocol development and IRB submission.

Research Protocol Templates

Research Committee Forms
After discussion with peers, please use the following forms to submit proposals to the Research Committee for review and funding:

IRB Forms
As of March, 2017, all new IRB submissions must be submitted through ETHOS. Information on submitting a proposal to the IRB can be found here. The HRPP Toolkit Library has templates for various types of IRB submissions including:

NIH/FDA Protocol Template and Tools 
The NIH has a useful protocol template and clinical e-protocol writing tool.

Data Management

REDCap is often used to for data collection related to clinical research at the University of Minnesota.

Box can be used to share secure data with colleagues and collaborators. For questions specific to the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s use of Box, please contact Paul Lender.

Access & Manage Clinical Data

Academic Health Center Technology/Information Systems

AHC-IS provides desktop support, server operations, and application development services to offices and areas within the Academic Health Center. They also help with data management and clinical data repositories. 

Clinical Data Access via CTSI
CTSI has access to electronic health records from more than two million patients. CTSI can also provide support from data analysts who can help with extracting and managing that data.

Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI)
MSI can provide help with data storage, creating databases, data mining, bioinformatics, and custom application development.

University Information Security (UIS)
UIS enables faculty and staff to use common information security practices that are available to the University of Minnesota community. Services available include information security consulting and guidance on information security policies and practices.


Information regarding other resources such as archives and national databases is available through CTSI. Resources for study design and data management can be found through the CTSI research toolkit.