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:

  • Brey KA, Satterwhite CL, Tilley M, Wieneke C. Burnout prevalence among obstetricians and gynecologists. Kermit Krantz Memorial Paper-Oral presentation at Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Chicago, IL, September 30-October 4, 2012. Oral Presentation District VII Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO, September 2011.
  • Frarey A, Delcore L, Rosso M, Wieneke C. Postpartum intrauterine device compliance. Poster presentation at Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (CAOG) Annual Meeting, Nausea, Bahamas, October 2011. Oral Presentation District VII Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO, September 2011.
  • Blevins AG, Satterwhite CL, Reddy M. Survey of an academic center employees about their provider choices. Poster presentation at 60th Annual Clinical Meeting (ACM) of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, San Diego, CA, May 5-9, 2012.
  • Russell S, Satterwhite CL, Wieneke C. Impact of robotic surgical availability on choice of obstetrics and gynecology residency program. Oral presentation at 41st AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology, Las Vegas, NV, November 5-9, 2012.
  • Altaf E, Satterwhite CL, Griffin M, Wieneke C, Pingleton S, Roop LL, Brimacombe M. Use of TeamSTEPPS teamwork-based strategy in labor and delivery triage. Poster presentation at CAOG Annual Meeting, Napa, CA, October 16-19, 2013.
  • Satterwhite CL, Tao G, Altaf E, Tepper N, Hoover K. Post-placental IUD placement in the United States, 2009. Poster presentation at 2013 North American Forum on Family Planning, Seattle, WA, October 6-7, 2013.
Last modified: Oct 10, 2013