In 2014, Current Orthopaedic Practice sent out the first invitation for resident research papers. We were so pleased with the response that we repeated the invitation for a second year. All manuscripts went through our blinded review process, and thirteen were accepted for publication after author revision. The manuscripts underwent review again and scoring by a selection committee also blinded as to the authors, institutions, and countries of origin. Committee members were also blinded to all grades given except their own. Scores were based on the importance of the subject matter, level of evidence, readers’ potential interest, organization, and neatness of the manuscript, quality of references, tables and figures, and authors’ attention to detail in matters such as statements about institutional review board approval, informed consent, use of PRIMSA or CONSORT checklists, and correct formatting and citing of references. The results from the selection committee were as follows:
The winning paper and recipient of $500 was: Multidisciplinary Care of the Hip Fracture Patient: A Case Control Analysis of Differing Treatment Protocols, by Manish S. Noticewala, MD, et al. from Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY.
The second place paper and recipient of $300 was: Immediate versus Delayed Operative Treatment of Low-Energy Tibial Plateau Fractures, by Harold Scott Ellsworth Jr., MD, et al. from the University of Missouri Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO.
The third place paper and recipient of $200 was: Off-Label Versus On-Label Outcomes of Total Joint Arthroplasty, by Jane Liu, MD, et al. from the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.
The remaining papers are presented in no particular order in this issue’s special focus section. I would like to congratulate these authors for their excellent work that our readers will enjoy. In addition to the monetary prize, the first-place winning paper will be free to readers during the issue cycle.
Research is the backbone of science and cannot be appreciated until one has spent some time in it. All of our residents here at the University of Tennessee/Campbell Clinic are required to do a least one major project, and “bench-work” is encouraged. Scheduled research rotations are provided early on to help get such projects started. The Campbell Foundation maintains several endowments to help fund this research. In an effort to encourage and promote resident research, the editors of Current Orthopaedic Practice and Wolters Kluwer would like to continue this competition on a yearly basis. A call for papers will be sent in June of this year for publication in issue 4 of 2017. For information about the competition, please contact email@example.com at our editorial office.