Research training is incorporated throughout the residency program, and each resident is required to complete one publishable clinical or basic science research project. Working with a member of the full-time faculty, residents select and carry out this project over the course of their residency, culminating with a presentation at the David Rothman Resident Research Symposium held annually in the spring.
All residents are invited to present at the research day, though participation is required just once to complete the residency.
Projects are judged by faculty members, who present the David Rothman Resident Research awards for the most outstanding research endeavor. Competition has been keen in past years with many impressive presentations and future publications in journals such as “Obstetrics and Gynecology,” “The New England Journal of Medicine,” and “The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.” In fact, many of our residents publish two or more original research manuscripts during their residency.
About Dr. David Rothman (1911-1982)
Dr. Rothman was born in St. Louis on April 30, 1911, and was an OBGYN in St. Louis for 46 years. He was drafted into the US Army and was an avid violinist participating in the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, thus was an active member of our community.
He completed his undergraduate, medical degree, and residency all at Washington University. He became Chair of OBGYN at Jewish Hospital (1956-1972)
He was most known for investigating psychoanalytic obstetrics and psychologic factors on major disorders in the field of ObGyn. This interest started after his time in the military. He had a multi-disciplinary approach and was well-published in this field. Dr. Rothman believed in treating the whole patient, which was novel at the time. One patient described”…to people of my generation he made himself available and had a great deal to give.”
Shortly before his death in 1982, Dr. Rothman received a diploma from the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. After his death, he was recognized by the State of Missouri. He was a pioneer in the St. Louis area by bringing a broad humanistic approach to his field.