Elective and Research
Research and academic pursuits by residents are a program requirement, and are highly valued and supported in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. Residents are strongly encouraged to formulate research ideas and seek preceptorship for projects upon entry as a PGY1. In both the PGY2 and 3 years, six weeks of call-free time is allotted for elective/research rotations in order to allow uninterrupted time to focus on projects. Residents may perform basic science research, clinical research, educational research, international health care projects, or any approved scholarly pursuit. Residents may work with faculty in the department of obstetrics and gynecology, BIDMC,Harvard Medical school, or approved outside mentors.
Residents are encouraged to publish their completed work and to present it at national meetings. All resdient must present at Resident Research Day once during their residency. Financial support is provided by the department of obstetrics and gynecology for residents to travel to meetings when projects are accepted for publication or presentation. Financial assistance is available for laboratory supplies, materials, statistical analysis, etc.
Recent research/elective projects have included clinical investigations in infertility, evaluations of medical errors, evaluation of educational teaching techniques, basic science investigations in reproductive endocrinology, international health projects, and evaluation of simulation curricula.