Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Education

Resident Research


Kurt Barnhart, MD, MSCE
Director of Resident Research



Mary Sammel
Associate Director

Penn is a leading academic medical center with an outstanding basic and clinical research program in women’s health. We believe that residents will benefit from their research experience.  The research program at Penn enhances a resident’s educational experience, provides insight into a career in academic medicine and a one-on-one mentoring relationship with a faculty member, familiarizes residents with research opportunities and skills, and prepares our residents for fellowship training. The residents are also introduced to basic clinical research skills such as study design and statistics in a series of didactic lectures. Residents may apply for research funding by sending requests to the department chair, Dr. Deborah A. Driscoll. The residents present their study findings at the Department’s Annual Resident Research Day each spring.

Our resident research program was established in 2003 under the leadership of  Dr. Michal Elovitz and has been very successful.  The majority of our chief residents and some of our PGY2 and PGY3s have had presentations at national meetings including the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, American Society of Reproductive Medicine, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Program

During orientation, the incoming interns will be introduced to the concept of  the research project and its importance.  An overview of the program and a timeline will be described.  Examples of current research projects from each division will be briefly discussed.  During orientation, the incoming interns will take the required IRB course necessary for the involvement in patient research.  For each year during residency, each class will meet with the residency research director in:
  • January.  These meetings will be used to review progress appropriate for each year, to offer guidance and suggestions.  These meetings will be in addition to meetings with each individual mentor.
  • In January/February of intern year, the resident research director will meet with the intern class.  At this meeting, the specifics of the research timetable will be discussed.  A list of potential mentors with their research interests will be distributed. 
  • By September of second year, a mentor must be identified and a research idea submitted including a description of the proposed project (in general terms), methods to be utilized (chart review, etc) is submitted to the director.
  • By May (before Resident Research Day) of second year, a progress report must be submitted.  This form will indicate (1) IRB or IACUC approval, (2) any difficulties noted or perceived in study design, and (3) resource limitations
  • Research will be conducted throughout the residency with a target of preliminary data analysis occurring in the third year. A progress report should be presented in November/December of the third year to the Resident Research Committee. Ideally, research would have sufficient results to allow submission to a national meeting during the third year with attendance in the fourth year. Minimum requirements are presentations in the spring of the fourth year at our annual Resident Research Day.
  • Ideally, the research would have sufficient results to allow submission to a national meeting during the beginning of 4th year.
  • Presentation in spring of 4th year at our annual Resident Research Day.

Research Program Timeline

Research Program Timeline


Excellence in Resident Research Awards

2009 - Jamie Bastek, MD
Adverse Neonatal Outcomes: Examining the Risks Between Preterm, Late Preterm and Term Infants

2008 - Jacob C. Larkin, MD
Disruption of angiogenic signaling in preeclampsia and IUGR: etiologic event or downstream marker of disease?

2007 - Rebecca M. Mazar, MD
Metabolic Score as a Novel Approach to Assessing Preeclampsia Risk

2006 - Heidi S. Harvie, MD, MBA
Cost Analysis of Incorporating a Nurse Practitioner in a Urogynecology Practice

2005 - Irene Su, MD
Taurine and the Taurine Transporter in Unexplained Infertility

2004 - Stacey L. Jeronis, M.D
Persistence of Cervical HPV and CIN 1 in an Inner City Population


Presentations at National Meetings

2009

Dr. Kathryn Calhoun presented "Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and Severe Preeclampsia: A Maternal Placental Implantation Interaction?" The American Society for Reproductive Medicine Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 2008.

Dr. Diana Chavkin prsented "Donor insemination cycles: Are two intrauterine inseminations better than one?" The American Society for Reproductive Medicine Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 2008. (poster presesntation)

Dr. Jonathan Gleason presented "Urinary Symptoms in Women with Pelvic Organ Prolapse."  The AUGS meeting, August 2008. (poster presentation)

Dr. Okeoma Mmeje presented " Barriers to Implementing a Postpartum Tdap Vaccination Program."  American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology 57th Annual Clinical Meeting, May 2009.

Brett Worly presented "Sexual Dysfunction: Women in an Inner City Population."   The AUGS Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, September 2008.

2008

Dr. Jamie Basek presented "Do ‘late preterm infants’ have adverse neonatal outcomes? Implications for obstetrical management." The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting. Dallas, Texas. January 31, 2008. (poster presentation)

Dr. Jamie Bastek presented "Obstetric Complications in Obese, Otherwise Healthy Women." The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting. Dallas, Texas. January 31, 2008. (poster presentation)

2007

Dr. Michal Elovitz and her mentees Drs. Jamie Bastek & Andrea Goldberg

Dr. Jamie Bastek presented "Preterm Labor: The Utility of Screening" at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and "Preterm Birth: Weighing the Effect of Obstetric History and Cervical Dilatation at Preterm Labor Admission" at the Annual Meeting of the Society fo Gynecologic Investigations.

Dr. Rebecca Mazar presented "Metabolic Score as a Novel Approach to Assessing Preeclampsia Risk" at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Dr. Jacob Larkin presented "Safety and Efficacy of Labor and Induction in Women with a Prior Cesarean" and "A Predication Model for Success Labor Induction in Patients with Prior Cesarean" and the Annual Meeting of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation.


Resident Research Committee