Research is an important part of the residency program at UTHSCSA Department of Orthopaedics. Each resident is required to complete a publishable research project by the end of their fourth year. An oral presentation of the project is also required. A well structured format, designed by the Orthopaedic Resident Research Committee (ORRC), is in place to ensure a positive and productive outcome. Opportunities are available for basic and clinical science topics. It is our hope that the resident will gain an understanding of the research process from doing a project. Our goals are for the resident to learn and be comfortable with the research process, to be able to critically evaluate available literature, to understand how to practice evidence based medicine, and to apply findings to their clinical practice.