Research Opportunities for Residents

Washington University is recognized as a worldwide leader in research. The medical school conducts internationally renowned research in neuroscience, diabetes, diagnostic imaging, cardiovascular diseases, genetics, immunology, infectious disease and many other areas. The school’s rich tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration and its strong link between basic science and clinical medicine have yielded powerful new approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

As a leader in building new knowledge to advance health, we incorporate research training throughout the ob/gyn residency program. Resident research opportunities are abundant in both basic and clinical research. Our residents have been very successful in research, with many publishing two or more original manuscripts during their residency.

The residency’s research training includes an Annual Resident Research Retreat in the second year, monthly resident journal clubs, and journal clubs and research seminars during other clinical rotations. In addition, each resident is required to complete one publishable clinical or basic science research project, culminating with a presentation at the David Rothman Resident Research Day held each spring.

Supporting research

The Division of Clinical Research (DCR) employs over 50 staff members to assist with faculty, fellow, resident, and student research. The DCR includes a statistician, a data management team, two research nurse practitioners, and many other research assistants and support staff. Facilities for clinical research are located less than three blocks from the Maternity Building in a newly renovated building.

The department’s research and grant funding has seen tremendous growth since 2006 (see graph below). This growth provides resources for residents to be involved in numerous projects, abstracts and publications.

Graph shows Washington University Department of Ob/Gyn research funding by source for every year between 2007 and 2015. Blue indicates proportion of government grants and contracts, red indicates non-government grants and contracts, and green indicates gifts in support of sponsored research. Click image to enlarge.

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Application process

Medical school graduates can enter the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program immediately after graduation, applying through ERAS or ECFMG.

How to apply