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UW SMPH Orthopedic Trauma Team receives METRC All Star Award

UW Orthopedics Trauma Team – L to R: Christopher Domes, MD, Paul Whiting, MD, Gabrielle Kuhn, MD (former Ortho Trauma research coordinator), Christopher Doro, MD, Gerald Lang, MD, and Jacquelyn Dunahoe, MD

Earlier this fall, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s orthopedic trauma research team, led by Paul Whiting, MD, received the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC) “Implementation and Data Quality All-Star Award”. The award was announced and presented at the Orthopedic Trauma Association’s 39th Annual Meeting held in Seattle, Washington, on October 19-21, 2023.

Established in 2009, METRC represents a large multi-center research collaborative. As part of the METRC network, dozens of major trauma centers nationwide participate in large-scale research projects aimed at improving outcomes following orthopedic trauma injuries in both the civilian and military populations.

The UW team’s METRC All-Star Award was given in recognition of the team’s “exemplary efforts to implement METRC studies with fidelity to the protocol, well-established and thoughtful local procedures, and clear attention to data completeness and data quality.”

UW has been a participating site for more than a decade and, to date, has been a part of more than ten METRC studies. Patients undergoing treatment for a variety of orthopedic trauma injuries are eligible for participation. These patients are screened and enrolled by the UW orthopedic trauma faculty members and the team’s research coordinator. Outcome data are recorded following surgical treatment and at regularly scheduled follow-up visits. Maintaining the highest level of data integrity, ensuring high rates of follow-up, and accurate data collection are critical to the success of this research consortium.

UW is proud to be an active participant in METRC and honored to be recognized for our efforts.