The Limb Reconstruction Fellowship Program provides an environment supportive of inquiry and scholarship. Fellows are expected to participate in the development of new knowledge, learn to evaluate research findings, and develop habits of inquiry as a continuing professional responsibility. The Program faculty are all investigators, each participating in both joint and independent research activities. Activities and resources of the ICLL are provided to support the research and scholarly goals of this program and its participants. These include but are not limited to the following:
- Clinical discussions (particularly before, during, and after patient clinics and surgical cases) are conducted on a routine basis. The faculty strive to involve fellows in these discussions. For the fellow, these discussions promote and ensure an in-depth understanding of and ability to articulate the basic mechanisms of normal and abnormal states and the appropriate application of current distraction osteogenesis and reconstructive processes and procedures to treat patients within the Center
- Fellows participate in the annual Baltimore Limb Deformity Course
- Fellows are required to produce at least one scientific paper that is suitable for submission for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Fellows are strongly encouraged to present their research at a national scientific meeting
- Research support staff, materials, computer systems, and basic funding of research activities are provided within the ICLL facilities
- Time is provided to the fellows outside the clinical and surgical schedule to allow basic research studies to be conducted
- Fellows are expected to attend weekly general orthopaedic surgical grand rounds, monthly orthopaedic surgery journal club (Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery) meetings, and weekly ICLL preoperative indications conferences.