The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is dedicated to training residents, fellows, and faculty to become outstanding clinician scientists. 

We offer numerous opportunities for residents and fellows to engage in research. In addition to our Global Health research, we are proud of our Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Program which has trained numerous young OB/GYNs to be successful clinician scientists. 

Research Training and Technical Support

Resident Research Program
All residents are required to complete a scholarly project. They identify research mentors and present their proposed abstracts in the fall of their second year. Residents' final research presentations are held in the fall of their fourth year. Throughout the year, there are structured journal clubs and research didactic sessions teaching the principles of clinical research, study design, and statistical analysis. 

Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow Research
The UW MFM Fellowship has particular strengths in interdisciplinary clinical and translational research, biostatistics and epidemiology training, and global health. Five Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty have NIH-funded research projects. Basic and clinical research projects under the supervision of Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty have repeatedly resulted in SMFM oral and poster presentations by current and past fellows. This program provides UW MFM fellows with unique learning opportunities that enhance their ability to conduct meaningful research, interpret clinical studies and practice evidence-based medicine. Learn more about the Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship research program here.

Complex Family Planning Fellow Research
Fellows will choose from a broad range of topics in contraception and abortion to design and complete a research project of their choice during their fellowship under the mentorship of senior colleagues. The project may be completed in collaboration with faculty in the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health, or an established UW research program.

Gynecologic Oncology Fellow Research
The program has been developed to train gynecologic oncologists who will be leaders in patient care, research, surgical expertise, innovative cancer therapies, and education. While the surgical and clinical experience is exceptional, this program also provides an excellent opportunity for epidemiologic or basic science research. FHCRC has developed a gynecologic cancer research program (GCRP) that brings together researchers with common interests in gynecologic malignancies, provides infrastructure for data collection, tissue banking, and funds for pilot projects. FHCRC, in collaboration with UW and SMC currently has an NIH ovarian cancer SPORE grant, one of only five in the U.S., and is actively conducting research projects in early detection, biomarker development, chemoresistance, and modeling for prediction of cancer. UW is one of the lead sites for HPV vaccine research and cancer genetics. FHCRC actively studies the epidemiology of gynecologic malignancies. For fellows with interests in any of these areas, we have identified mentors who have agreed to participate in the research training. Learn more about the Gynecologic Oncology fellowship research program here.