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OBGYN Resident Research

Design and conduct innovative research and prepare to excel in an academic career as a physician-scientist with support from departmental staff and access to state-of-the-art facilities for clinical research.

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Program Overview

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is committed to ensuring that residents have the opportunity to learn and engage meaningfully in research during their training.

We have partnered with the Center for Academic Innovation to design a novel research curriculum, which offers residents the opportunity to develop a variety of research skills and competencies, including:

  • Ethical conduct of research, including the role of the Institutional Review Board and human studies protections and procedures
  • Formulation of hypothesis-driven experiments or analyses
  • Orientation to scholarly resources and software for the conduct of research
  • Training in statistical software for data management and analysis
  • Fluency in public health study design and methodological research considerations
  • Critical appraisal and evaluation of peer-reviewed literature
  • Oral and written communication for research
  • Training in basic grant structure and manuscript writing
Core Research Responsibilities

Residents are paired with a primary research mentor in their area of interest and are provided the resources to champion a human-subjects research project of their choosing. Projects may utilize the methodological expertise of the Department’s faculty and staff, including quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, and survey methodology. Under the guidance of their faculty mentors and the Resident Research Manager, trainees develop their own research proposals and build their critical thinking, experimental design and analysis, and science communication skills. Upon completion of this program, residents will be able to articulate their research interests to various audiences and be well-positioned for long-term academic success.

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Resident Research Timeline
Year One
Research Orientation
Year Two
Develop a Plan
Year Three
Analyze & Interpret
Year Four
Disseminate Findings
  • Research Orientation: Meet Your Team
  • Find a Research Mentor
  • Complete PEERRS certification
  • Identify Research Project
  • Departmental Statistical Curriculum: Introduction to Study Design; Introduction to Statistical Software
  • Review Project with Resident Research Program Manager
  • Identify Data
  • Write Study Protocol
  • Submit IRB
  • Identify Analytic Assistance
  • Departmental Statistical Curriculum: Data Management; Univariate Statistics and Basic Graphing; Review of Basic Statistical Concepts; Power and Sample Size Calculations
  • Apply for Departmental or Outside Funding
  • Complete Data Collection/Begin Data Management
  • Design Tables and Figures
  • Departmental Statistical Curriculum: Bivariate Analysis and Correlation; Chi-square Test of Independence and Fisher’s Exact Test; Independent Samples T-Test and One-Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA); Paired T-Test and McNemar’s Tests
  • Complete Analysis
  • Write Abstract and Submit to Local and National Meetings
  • Present Findings at U-M Medical School Resident Research Day
  • Outline Manuscript
  • Write Manuscript
  • Departmental Statistical Curriculum: Linear Regression and Regression Model Diagnostics; Binary Logistic Regression; Repeated Measures ANOVA and Linear Mixed Models; Complex Methods: Sample Design, Survival Analysis, and Missing Data
  • Submit Manuscript to Peer-Reviewed Journal
  • Research Close-Out Meeting
Research Support

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is committed to bringing together experts from across the University of Michigan campus to support resident research. Residents have high-quality mentorship opportunities and resources to support their research at their fingertips.

Consistent mentorship, guidance, and analytic expertise are the hallmark of successful resident research experiences in OBGYN. The resident research program and curriculum are directed by Yang Liu, Resident Research Program Manager. Dr. Liu is the primary resource for OBGYN residents for educational, methodological, and statistical research matters. She provides guidance, mentorship, and assistance with all aspects of the research process, and thus is a unique resource for residents of all skill and comfort levels.

Residents are also supported by numerous Departmental staff with expertise in biostatistics, programming, participant engagement, survey design, and quality improvement.

Each month, faculty, fellows, and residents gather at a faculty member’s home to discuss the latest Obstetrics and Gynecology literature over dinner and refreshments. These discussions not only ensure that our learners stay abreast of the latest medical literature, but also teach them the skills needed to critically evaluate this literature and develop an understanding of study design and statistics.

Through the generous support of alumni and private donors, U-M Medical School OBGYN residents have access to numerous internal funding opportunities to support their research efforts:

  • Dr. Milton Goldrath Resident Research Support Award: As a result of a generous gift from the family in memory of Dr. Goldrath, an annual $2,000 award will be given to the top first or second-year resident research project application allowing them the resources to design and collect data for their resident research project.
  • Dr. Rudi Ansbacher Resident and Fellow Research Award: This fund was established in 2001 in recognition of Dr. Ansbacher’s contributions to resident and fellow education and to provide a future source of funding for resident and fellow education and research. As a result of a generous gift from Dr. Rudi Ansbacher and others, up to $5,000 will be given to the top resident or fellow research application on a topic of their choosing.
  • Dr. Krapohl Resident Research Education Award: As a result of a generous gift from Dr. and Mrs. Krapohl, a $2,000 award will be given to the top resident research project application that addresses an important research question regarding family planning and education to residents, preferably in the area of pregnancy termination.

Outside the Department, numerous University of Michigan programs, initiatives, and individuals provide opportunities for research collaboration and support, including:

A dedicated OBGYN Health Informationist, LaTeesa James can help connect residents to the variety of health information resources available at the University of Michigan, including Taubman's many specialized databases, thousands of electronic journals, mobile resources, and information management tools.

Contact Us
Yang Liu, PhD
Resident Research Program Manager