Research Opportunities

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas Medical Center has established a strong residency research program spanning all four years of residency. Research opportunities are broad and occur across the spectrum of medicine. Residents may pursue research in clinical medicine, basic science/laboratory, public health, and quality improvement.

Resident Research DayResearch is introduced as a key component to the residency program early in the intern year. Through quarterly research reviews, residents briefly share their research interests, ideas, progress, and outcomes over time in a supportive, collaborative setting among their peers and interested faculty. A dedicated faculty epidemiologist guides resident research from the formative stage through data analysis and the dissemination of results, with the ultimate intent of a presentation (oral or poster) at a regional or national meeting and subsequent manuscript production. Residents are invited to shape their own research study and partner with faculty, or to pursue research under the direction of faculty members who have ongoing research interests.

After an introduction to the progressive research process at the beginning of residency, interns develop a research idea around a key knowledge gap with the goal of having a research plan in place by the beginning of the second year. After development of a clear research question, a complete protocol describing the relevance of the research question and the study design, and successful IRB approval, research is conducted in the second and third years of residency. By the third year, data collection is completed and data analysis occurs. Using this information, an abstract is written and submitted to a relevant conference. At the end of the third year, residents present their research findings at the annual Resident Research Day. The final year of residency is spent preparing a manuscript for submission to an appropriate journal.

Experience in conducting and evaluating research directly translates into improved skills needed to be a lifelong learner, regardless of the career path chosen. The Department aims to facilitate resident research of mutual interest to both residents and faculty mentors, with the ultimate goal of contributing towards knowledge needed to improve patient care or community health.

Recent examples of presented resident research include:

  • Parrott J, Holland M. Second trimester marginal previa: Is follow-up necessary? Poster presentation at 35th Annual Meeting (The Pregnancy Meeting, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine), San Diego, CA, February 2-7, 2015.
  • Grimstad F, Satterwhite CL, Weineke CL. Assessing residency program approaches to the transgender health CREOG objective. Transgender Health. 2016;1(1):69-74.
  • Reynolds E, Hare A, Blevins A, Satterwhite C, Moreno K, Fangman MT. VTE incidence among post-operative gynecologic oncology patients.  Poster presentation at 2014 ACOG Annual Clinical Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 26-20, 2014.
  • Grimstad F, Krieg S. KDM4A and KDM4B expression in ovarian cumulus cells in women undergoing in vitro fertilization. Poster presentation at American Society for Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, October 17-21, 2015.
  • Parrott J, Holland M. Does the presence of abnormal umbilical artery dopplers at the time of detailed US predict adverse outcome in the AMA population?. Poster presentation at American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Annual Convention, New York, NY, March 17-21, 2016.
  • Grimstad F, Satterwhite CL, Kasi A, Taylor S, Kim SS. An evaluation of the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of oncologists regarding fertility preservation: a survey of Midwest area oncologists.  Poster presentation at American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) Joint District Meeting, Denver, CO, September 19-20, 2015.
  • Vaglio M, Carey E. Laparoscopic excision of an interstitial pregnancy. Oral presentation at American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) 44th Annual Global Congress, Las Vegas, NV, November 15-19, 2015.
Last modified: Aug 03, 2016