The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology recognizes the importance of research, and is proud of the faculty’s abilities to serve as teachers and mentors in research. Our faculty understands that a cornerstone of 21st century medicine is case-based learning, which is grounded in evidence-based medicine. The latter is one of the core competencies that the American Council on Graduate Medical Education requires residents in all fields to master. Today’s physician must be able to distinguish data that is solid from data that is weak in order to be certain that the care s/he provides is up to date rather than misguided. Participation in research is one important tool that allows residents to gauge the quality of the medical literature and to bring the best in medicine to bear in the care of patients.
Our faculty has over four hundred publications of books, chapters, and peer review articles. These have appeared in the most highly respected medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association, as well as other high-impact obstetrical and gynecologic journals. Several faculty members have also served on NIH study sections, including the Departmental Chair, who has served on and chaired several sections. Many faculty members have served on editorial boards and they are reviewers for over fifty medical journals. Well over two million dollars in Federal Funding annually supports our faculty research.
The department teaches residents about research in several ways. Journal Clubs are held on a regular basis. Additionally, all case conferences are “evidence-based.” The resident presenting the case learns to use the four components of case-based learning: ask the answerable question, use appropriate search engines, critique the article, and decide if the results are strong enough to lead to a modification of patient care. By the end of their third year, all residents must complete a research project to be presented to an audience of faculty, voluntary staff and other hospital personnel. Most of these projects result in publications and/or presentations at local or national meetings. The resident is assisted in preparing their project by attending regular meetings with an assigned mentor, departmental epidemiologists and statisticians. For some residents this will be their only taste of research, while others will become excited about the opportunity and continue to be involved in research; some of our residents have become quite prolific academicians. We are proud of them all.