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TOTS Program Overview

T32 Research GroupAlex Johnson, M.D., John Thompson, M.D., Stuart Mitchell, M.D.

The explosion of new knowledge in genomics, cell biology and biomedical engineering technology is ripe for translation into new orthopaedic applications for improving the diagnosis and management of patients with musculoskeletal disorders. We propose a new paradigm for training musculoskeletal scientists in an academic setting—a concept that is modeled after the proven, team science approach used by pharmaceutical companies.

The Training in Orthopaedic Team Science (TOTS) program, funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), sponsors the pursuit of well-circumscribed, translational research projects by discovery teams composed of orthopaedic residents, postdoctoral Ph.D. fellows, staff, medical students and faculty preceptors. Successful implementation of the TOTS program is expected to produce musculoskeletal scientists who will enter the workforce with the requisite experience in translational research and leadership training to move discoveries effectively between the bench and bedside.

TOTS in the News

Training in Orthopaedic Team Science Framework, Winter 2016

Testing Smartglasses to Superimpose Images for Surgery Insight, April 2016