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The program strives to enhance the educational experience of the residents by providing an environment rich in research and scholarly activities. The department has a distinguished faculty with many of the members actively involved in both clinical and basic science research. Many faculty members have been published in peer review journals. Residents are taught the basics of epidemiology, statistics, data collection, and research. Residents develop the curiosity and skills needed to facilitate critical review of the medical literature and practice performance while applying this review to the improvement of patient care.

During PGY3, residents are required to complete a research project to be presented on Resident Research Day. This project utilizes the skills and knowledge learned throughout the past 3 years in medical statistics and epidemiology. Review of the literature, formulation of a hypothesis, data collection, and interpretation as well as appropriate study design are important aspects of the project. The attending preceptor supervises residents on these projects; a statistician provides statistic evaluation or consults. Many of these projects have been presented at major medical society conferences and have been published in peer reviewed journals.

Recent research projects include:

  • Using a Postpartum Checklist to Improve 2-Hour Glucose Tolerance Test Rates in Gestational Diabetes
  • Short-Term Outcomes of Robotic Sacrocolpopexy Compared with Abdominal Sacrocolpopexy: A Retrospective Cohort Study
  • Mono/tri Triplets
  • Bartholin Gland Marsupialization
  • Echogenic Perihepatic Lesions on Ultrasound
  • Salpingo-oophorectomy and Pregnancy Testing
  • Elevated Alkaline Phosphatase in Normal Pregnancy
  • Exercise and Labor Time
  • Investigation of Choice for Newborn Feeding
  • Patient Survey: Why People Choose to Attempt TOLAC vs. Elective RLTCS