Resident & Fellow Research

The Department has a long history of integrating research investigation into the residency and fellowship education experience. Under the leadership of Dr. John D. Thompson, Professor Emeritus and Chairman of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics (1961-1986), research was identified as a key element in the development of the academic physician. This culture of inquiry has been expanded under the current leadership and residents now have the opportunity conduct prospective research investigation that will translate into an appreciation for scientific inquiry and lifelong learning. 

Current Plan: A progressive, mentored research experience is incorporated in the training curricula to fulfill several objectives:

1) Foster a culture of inquiry

2) Develop a critical mindset

3) Promote skills for life-long learning

4) Create development opportunities

5) Enhance career development

Progressive Resident Research Experience:

First-year residents select a faculty research mentor. Together the resident and mentor identify a key knowledge gap and research topic relevant to fields of gynecology, obstetrics, reproductive sciences or women's health. Near the end of their first year and the beginning of the second year, residents present their topic idea to the faculty during pre-grand rounds. 

Second-year residents develop a unique hypothesis or query, rationale based on what is known and not known about the topic, and design an investigative approach that will allow the hypothesis to be tested and data interpreted. Research projects may include prospective clinical investigation, basic or translational laboratory based research, quality research, or retrospective review. The resident's project may be directly related to or parallel the mentor's research, but should be a distinct line of inquiry. Residents present proposals in the Spring of the second year at Resident Research Day where they receive peer-review from another member of the department not directly involved with the proposal. 

Third-year residents focus on refining the proposal, obtaining IRB and other approvals, implementing the project, and collecting data. At the end of the third year, residents submit a progress report and provide an update to the faculty at pre-grand rounds. 

Fourth-year residents should be wrapping up data collection and analyzing outcomes, and preparing a written report for publication and presentation at Resident Research Day. (View projects from recent years)

Scholarly activity is measured in part by publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at local, regional, and national meetings. Residents and faculty mentors are encouraged to submit findings for presentation and publication prior to the end of the PGY4 year.