Research presentation time again!

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Research, in any field of study, is as important as the field itself. Research has enormously improved our way of treating our patients, even in orthopedic surgery.

Thus the Philippine Board of Orthopedics required every resident to come out with research before any resident can graduate from any accredited institution of training.In our institution, it is one of the pillars of our residents training. Tomorrow, our residents will present results of their year long research. And I’ll sure be there to listen and criticize it constructively.

But what makes a orthopedic resident research important, meaningful and with a greater impact on their patients and the institution?Is it the design, the applicability, the feasibility or the awards it would reap? To properly analyze such resident research it wise to see in a perspective that sees the author(s) and the environment their working in. Come to think of it, although residents are already doctors, they are short of time (they graduate after 4 years) and funds too (they earn a fix rate). Add to that the is the number of patients that will constitute the bulk of the study population. Even in tertiary institutions such as ours and the bulk of patients we got, numbers still dwindle. And if your aiming for randomize controlled trials, in surgical fields like orthopedics in the Philippines, it is very difficult.

Thats why it so much challenging for our residents to come up with such research under this limitations. But it not be an excuse to come up with one lousy research and blame this limitations to its lousy outcomes. You wouldn’t like to waste valuable time, money and effort to such lousy results right? So prepare well surgeons. Hope you will add something new to what we already knew.

Dr. Remo-tito Aguilar co-founded #HealthXPh. A board certified orthopedic surgeon, he is Chief of Clinics at General Santos Medical Center and Medical Specialist II Orthopedics at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City. Dr. Aguilar is a healthcare social media evangelist and writes his medical musings at The Cast & Curious (