Resident Research Program

Program Goals

The research program for residents at the University of Washington is designed to is to foster a lifelong appreciation for the process and outcomes of conducting research. This program provides skills to enhance the practice of evidence-based medicine for the future generalist and gives a basis for future work to those continuing onto fellowship and academic medicine careers.

These goals are achieved through a multifaceted approach which includes:

  • Direct didactics on research methods and topics
  • Didactic sessions on "How to read the Medical Literature"
  • Journal club sessions
  • A mentored research project for each resident
  • Presentation of the mentored research to the faculty and guests of the department
  • Possible presentation of the research at a national meeting
  • Preparation of a publishable manuscript and submission to a journal

A sample of recent resident research presentation topics is available here

Timeline of Mentored Research

  • Residents identify a project in conjunction with a faculty mentor in their first year and submit a proposal in March of the R1 year.
  • In September of the R2 year the proposal and planned timeline are presented at faculty research hour for comments (a 10 minute presentation).
  • The R2-R3 year is spent obtaining IRB approval, collecting data, and analysis.
  • In September of the R4 year the research is presented at Resident and Fellow Research Day to the faculty and guest speakers. The research is critiqued by the faculty and the Resident Research Award is determined by votes and review of the manuscript.
  • During the R4 year, the research is fine tuned, submitted for national presentation and submitted for publication.

Areas of Faculty Research

The faculty at the University of Washington Department of ObGyn are nationally known for research in the areas of:

  • Medical Education
  • GYN Oncology
  • MFM
    • Pre-term Labor
    • Infectious Disease
    • Pre-eclampsia and Hypertension
    • Maternal-Fetal Immunology
  • Gynecology
    • Vaginitis and Vaginal Mucosal Barriers
    • Infectious Disease
    • HPV
    • HSV
  • Urogynecology
    • Pelvic Anatomy and Support
  • REI
    • Male Factor Infertility
    • Hormone Analysis
    • Infectious Disease
  • Family Planning
    • Contraception
    • Abortion Services

Additionally our residents have the opportunity to participate in multi-departmental research with faculty throughout the University of Washington Medical System and have, in the past, designed research projects using faculty from outside clinical sites.

Resident Research Program Director

Dr. Alyssa Stephenson-Famy directs all aspects of the mentored research project. She meets individually and in groups with the residents and guides the process at each level. She has access to resources for statistical analysis and publication.  Dr. Stephenson-Famy is aware of the different independent research projects currently ongoing within the department and can direct residents to faculty with shared research interests and ongoing projects.

For more information, please contact:

Alyssa Stephenson-Famy, MD
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