Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology residents complete research projects as part of their educational experience throughout their residency. First-year residents receive a stipend to begin their personal library of OB-GYN tests and all third-year residents are expected to complete a formal research project of publishable quality. Results are presented at the Annual Residents’ Day held in conjunction with the Charles A. Hunter, Jr. Lecture and the Resident Banquet honoring the chief residents in June of each year.
The research curriculum is led by a resident research mentoring team that includes statistician Institutional Review Board (IRB) support and research assistants that help guide residents from start to finish beginning in PGY1 year. Each resident also has a faculty mentor who serves to guide them in the design and analysis of their project and the department’s vice chair of research, David Haas, MD, meets with residents throughout the process.
The department supports resident travel to postgraduate meetings and courses. Prizes are awarded for research excellence and many past projects have led to presentations at national meetings, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.