Educational & Research Resources

The Arthur L. Brooks Endowment for Resident Education 

  • Established in 1984 by the Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Society, a group composed of former residents and current orthopaedic faculty members. Interest from the endowment now produces an annual income for equipment and programs that enhance resident education.
  • The Brooks Fund has enabled the Department of Orthopaedics to purchase computer equipment for the Resident Workroom and provide educational videos and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment for the orthopaedic library. It also covers the costs of textbooks, orthopaedic journal subscriptions, surgical loupes, personal lead and leaded glasses, and travel to conferences/courses for residents. Other expenditures have provided support for resident education in basic science and resident research projects. All expenditures from the Brooks Fund are approved by an executive committee of the orthopaedic faculty and a representative of the Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Society, the department's alumni organization.

The Arthur L. Brooks Center for Education & Research in Orthopaedics

  • The Brooks Center was founded in 1985 to enhance the orthopaedic education of residents and medical students and to facilitate clinical research and continuing medical education. Only members of the Department of Orthopaedics have access to Brooks Center services, which include graphic design for publication and scientific displays, use of video and digital equipment, and basic editing. In addition, a Brooks Center staff member assists with orthopaedic resident education and administers the residency applicant program.

Resident Workroom

  • The Resident Workroom, designed for the use of orthopaedic residents, houses several work stations, personal lockers, private sleep quarters and bath/shower. It is conveniently located next to administrative offices and clinic space. 
  • An Orthopaedic Library and Conference Room contains a large selection of orthopaedic texts and journals, supplementing the orthopaedic collection the Eskind Biomedical Library. It also contains educational videos of surgical procedures and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment.

Research Support

  • Two orthopaedic basic science research laboratories are dedicated to biomechanical analyses of orthopaedic disorders and their management. Current projects involve joint kinematics and the mechanical properties of bone and bone implants. These laboratories are used by research engineers, orthopaedic faculty, technicians, visiting international scholars, and work-study students. In addition, resident and medical student participation is encouraged. Currently, the orthopaedic department is supporting a medical student summer research program. PGY-3 residents spend a 10 week rotation dedicated to research either clinical or in the basic science laboratory setting.The orthopaedic biomechanics laboratories contain extensive histological instruments, a small machine shop, a light/fluorescence microscope with photographic accessories, an ultra-low freezer, a laminar flow hood with over 300 square feet of flow space, and a multiaxial materials testing system.
  • Department members have access to computerized literature searches through the Eskind Biomedical Library. Residents, fellows, and faculty members may perform their own literature searches or they may ask for assistance in conducting their searches from the Eskind Library staff.