Educational & Research Resources

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.

Literature Searches

Department members have access to computerized literature searches from home, faculty and resident offices, and 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. MEDLINE searches may be conducted on the residents' computers or in The Brooks Center.

Administrative Services

The residency program receives over 700 application requests from prospective residents each year. Approximately 95 of these applicants are interviewed for five positions at the PGY-1 level. A member of the Brooks Center's administrative staff coordinates the application and interview process, maintains records of the residents' educational experience required for Board certification, and facilitates the evaluation of resident performance following each rotation.

Two Orthopaedic Basic Research Laboratories are dedicated to biomechanical analyses of orthopaedic disorders and their management. Primary among current projects are experiments involving 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 three-month rotation in the orthopaedic biomechanics laboratories, which 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.

An Orthopaedic Library and Conference Room contains a large selection of orthopaedic texts and journals, supplementing the orthopaedic collection in the Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library. It also contains educational videos of surgical procedures and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment.

The Resident Study Area, designed for the use of orthopaedic residents, houses several study carrels, work stations, lockers, sleep quarters and a private bath/shower. 

The Arthur L. Brooks Endowment for Resident Education was 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 Residents' Office, provide educational videos and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment for the Orthopaedic Library, and cover the costs of e-books, surgical loupes, and travel for residents. Other expenditures have provided support for resident education in basic science, resident research projects, other course registration fees, and resident literature searches. 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.