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 Award to 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,” andThe American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.” In fact, many of our residents publish two or more original research manuscripts during their residency.

37th Annual Dr. David Rothman Research Day

Wednesday, April 26th   
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Clinical, Basic, and Translational Research Presentations

Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC) Auditorium
Guest Speaker Luncheon
EPNEC – Seminar Room B

Sadia Haider, MD, MPH
Rush University Medical Center

Fellowship Program Director
Family Planning Division Director
Birth Equity Co-Lead
Vice Chair of Research
Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs

Past research project winners and event programs


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Tuesday, May 3, 2022    1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Basic & Translational Research Presentations
Wohl Auditorium

(directions to Wohl – Take elevators to Lower Level)

1:00-1:10 PM
Eric Strand, MD, Professor, General OBGYN Division Director

1:10-1:40 PM
CRepHS Introduction
Antonina Frolova, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor

1:40-1:53 PM
Longitudinal and case-control studies of human uterine peristalses through menstrual cycles using noninvasive high-resolution electromyometrial imaging (EMMI) techniques
Sicheng Wang, Graduate Research Assistant
Advisor: Yong Wang, PhD

1:53-2:06 PM
Sperm mitochondrial activity increases during capacitation upon CatSper channel activation
Juan Ferreira, PhD, PostDoc
Advisor: Celia Santi, MD, PhD

2:06-2:19 PM
Diet-induced obesity impairs uterine contractility in mice
Kevin Prifti, Sr. Lab Technician
Advisor: Antonina Frolova, MD, PhD

2:19-2:32 PM
Initial Validation of Uterine Microstructure Imaging using Quantitative Histology
Wenjie Wu, Graduate Research Assistant
Advisor: Yong Wang, PhD

2:32-2:45 PM
First selective inhibitor of SLO3 impairs human sperm function
Max Lyon, Graduate Research Assistant
Advisor: Celia Santi, MD, PhD

2:45-2:58 PM
Noninvasive Longitudinal Imaging of Human Placental Villi Maturation during Human Pregnancy
Zhexian Sun, Graduate Research Assistant
Advisor: Yong Wang, PhD

2:58-3:11 PM
NALCN and accessory subunit expression in human and mouse myometrium
Lindsey Kent, PhD, Sr Scientist
Advisor: Sarah England, PhD

3:11-3:25 PM Break

3:25-3:38 PM
Investigating tumor-mesothelial cell interactions during ovarian cancer metastasis
Angela Schab, DBBS Pre Doc Trainee
Advisor: Katherine Fuh, MD, PhD

3:38-3:51 PM
Entinostat restores responsiveness to Olaparib in ID8 TP53 null and ID8 TP53 null/BRCA2 null mouse ovarian cancer cell lines
Tyler Woodard, MD, Clinical Fellow, GO
Advisor: Dineo Khabele, MD

3:51-4:04 PM
RAD51 is a biomarker predictive of homologous recombination deficiency and clinical response to DNA damaging agents in patient-derived ovarian cancer organoids
Lily Van Biljon, Research Technician I
Advisor: Maggie Mullen, MD

4:04-4:17 PM
Regulation of periostin by DDR2 in cancer-associated fibroblasts controls tumor invasion and metastasis in overian cancer
Favour Akinjiyan, DBBS Graduate Research Assistant
Advisor: Katherine Fuh, MD, PhD

4:17-4:30 PM
An in vitro model reproducing the interactions between murine peritoneal macrophages and ovarian cancer cells
Simona Miceska, Visiting Researcher
Advisor: Dineo Khabele, MD

4:30-4:43 PM
Mutational changes in ovarian tumors before and
after neoadjuvant chemotherapy

Mark Valentine, MD, PhD, Resident, PGY3
Advisor: Katherine Fuh, MD, PhD

Directions to McDonnell Peds Lobby from Wohl

5:00-7:00 PM 
Rothman Reception & Alumni Society Kickoff
Peds Lobby, McDonnell Building

Wednesday, May 4, 2022    8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Clinical Research Presentations – Seminar Room B, EPNEC

Directions to EPNEC
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8:00 – 8:10 AM
Eric Strand, MD, Professor, General OBGYN Division Director

8:10-8:23 AM
Knowledge and Attitudes Towards Oocyte Cryopreservation amongst Obstetrician and Gynecologists
Erika Mauban, MD, Resident, PGY2
Advisor: Patricia Jimenez, MD

8:23-8:36 AM
OB/GYN physician adherence to cervical cancer screening guidelines
Caroline Min, MD, MPH, Resident, PGY2
Advisor: Lindsay Kuroki, MD, MSCI

8:36-8:49 AM
Risk Factors and Outcomes in Black vs. White Patients in a Midwest Cohort Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization
Jean Claire (Mandi) Dillon, MD, MPH, Resident, PGY4
Advisor: Kenan Omurtag, MD

8:49-9:02 AM
Assessing likelihood of positive depression screen 12 months after initiation of hormonal contraception
Manuela Mejia, MD, Resident, PGY4
Advisor: Tessa Madden, MD, MPH

9:02-9:15 AM
Making the diagnosis of NRFS: Potential of implicit bias 
Bridget Huysman, MD, MPH, Resident, PGY4
Advisor: Nandini Raghuraman, MD, MS

9:15-9:28 AM
Disparities in Surgical Management of Uterine Fibroids
Lulu Yu, MD, MPHS, Resident, PGY4
Advisor: Whitney Ross, MD

9:28-9:41 AM
Comparison of Patient Satisfaction with Contraceptive Counseling Delivered by Telehealth versus In-Person
Emily Freeman, DO, MA, MS, Clinical Fellow, CFP
Advisor: Tessa Madden, MD, MPH

9:41-9:56 AM Break

9:56-10:09 AM
Recurrent urinary tract infection incidence rates decrease in women with cystitis cystica after treatment with D-mannose: A cohort study
Kimberley Chiu, MD, Clinical Fellow, FPMRS
Advisor: Jerry Lowder, MD, MSc

10:09-10:22 AM
A Survey of High-Risk Obstetric Patients’ Attitudes towards the COVID-19 Vaccine
Annessa Kernberg, MD, Clinical Fellow, MFM
Advisors: Abigail Bell; Nandini Raghuraman, MD, MS; Jeannie Kelly, MD, MS

10:22-10:35 AM
Is fetal acidemia at the time of scheduled cesarean associated with neonatal morbidity?
Katherine Bligard, MD, MA, Clinical Fellow, MFM
Advisor: Nandini Raghuraman, MD, MS

10:35-10:48 AM
The impact of cervical effacement at time of amniotomy in patients undergoing induction of labor
Rebecca Rimsza, MD, Clinical Fellow, MFM
Advisor: Nandini Raghuraman, MD, MS

10:48-11:01 AM
Deciphering chronic hypertension from preeclampsia: Utility of NT-proBNP in obstetric triage
Megan Oakes, MD, Clinical Fellow, MFM
Advisor: Nandini Raghuraman, MD, MS

11:01-11:14 AM
Impact of Operating Room Setting on In Vitro Fertilization Outcomes in Patients with Class 3 Obesity
Emily Spurlin, MD and Caitlin Martin, MD, MS,
Clinical Fellows, REI
Advisor: Kenan Omurtag, MD

11:14-11:30 AM Break

11:30-12:30 AM – Guest Speaker
“UME to GME Transition:  A Wicked Problem in Medical Education.”
Dr. Maya Hammoud MD, MBA
J. Robert Willson Research Professor of OBGYN
Professor of Learning Health Sciences
Chief, Women’s Health Division
Associate Chair for Education
University of Michigan Medical School


Caitlin Martin, MD, MS

Dr. Lauren Kus, MD

Whitney Grither, MD, PhD


Stephanie Blankenship, MD, MPH
Antenatal Corticosteroids in Preterm Growth-Restricted Infants: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Erin Bailey, MD 
Mild neonatal acidemia is associated with neonatal morbidity at term

Antonino Frolova, MD, PhD (MFM fellow)
Diet induced obesity alters baseline and oxytocin-stimulated uterine contractility in mice

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Katherine H. Bligard, MD
Performance of cervical length screening in African American women.

Rachel Zigler, MD
Intervention to end recurrent unscheduled bleeding

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Jake Hirshberg, MD
What is the threshold of maternal leukocytosis in labor associated with maternal or neonatal morbidity?

Maggie Mullen, MD
The effect of a multidisciplinary palliative care initiative on end of life care in gynecologic oncology patients.

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Morgan Wolfe, MD
Preoperative Factors That Predict The Need To Morcellate During Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Download 2016 program (doc) »

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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.