Residents in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology are required to participate in a scholarly project during the course of their residency. Many faculty have ongoing projects as well as numerous original ideas, and a resident may participate in one of these or may come up with their own original project. A research committee exists to help guide residents through steps such as IRB approval, data collection, and statistical analysis. Research nurses, statisticians, and word processors are available to help the resident through each step of the process. Formulation of the project begins in the PGY 1 year, with presentation of the project results at the end of the PGY 3 year. During the PGY-4 year, the resident will write up their research in journal approved form with the goal of submission for publication during the year. Publication itself is not required for graduation from residency given the difficulty of having a paper accepted for publication. If papers are accepted for presentation at a meeting, expenses to that meeting will be paid for the resident to attend.
Goals and Objectives
According to ACGME Program Requirements for GME in Obstetrics and Gynecology, effective January 1, 2008:
The curriculum must advance resident’s knowledge of the basic principles of research, including how research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients, and applied to patient care. Residents should participate in scholarly activity.
Resident research benefits resident learning of medical knowledge.
Resident research benefits residents’ understanding of published research in the literature.
An active and assertive research program aides residents in becoming more competitive candidates for fellowship and job selection.