"Musculoskeletal infection has always been of natural interest to me, and I enjoy their associated surgeries. Throughout residency, I have been involved in retrospective studies learning about how to detect and optimally treat musculoskeletal infection in children, while working in a busy tertiary referral hospital with a disproportionately high level of infection. During my chief year of residency, I decided to pursue a basic science project that defined how a newer antifungal is delivered from bone cement to treat fungal osteomyelitis. Due to funding provided by the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, I was able to complete this project and help improve care for these difficult to treat infections.
Since I have been awarded this grant, I have been given more research opportunities and have been recognized for my work. The results of this project will be presented at upcoming national meetings and submitted for publication. Additionally, obtaining this grant gave me more enthusiasm for my project knowing that the Orthopaedic Trauma Association was willing to support the investigation."