The purpose of the longitudinal scholarly activity curriculum is to advance residents’ knowledge of the basic principles of research, including how research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients, and applied to patient care. The overarching goal of our scholarly activity curriculum is to make each resident an expert in a relevant obstetrics or gynecology topic of choice through literature review, research, and application of improvement processes over the course of 4 years of residency. 

Examples of scholarly products may include:

  • Development of shared decision-making tools
  • Systematic reviews and Meta-analyses
  • Qualitative research
  • Quality improvement project with measurable process improvement outcomes
  • Retrospective chart review
  • Secondary database analyses
  • Systematic reviews

Resident's research project timeline

Year 1

  • Complete human subjects research and White Belt training.
  • Identify a primary mentor for your scholarly activity: This person should have an overlapping area of clinical interest and expertise.
  • Literature review: Identify a research question and write up a summary of the evidence to review with your mentor.
  • Yellowbelt training: This program provides residents with a broad understanding of process improvement concepts, tools, and terminology.

Year 2

  • Present project concept to the department at a Friday morning grand rounds.
  • Design and begin conducting study or project

Year 3

  • Complete data entry and conduct data analysis.
  • Present results at Research Day at the end of Year 3.

Year 4

  • Submit abstract to regional or national meeting after discussion with your primary mentor.
  • Write and submit formalized manuscript for peer-reviewed publication.
  • Grand Rounds presentation on your content area of expertise. This presentation should be an expanded version of your third year research presentation including more background and synthesis of your understanding of the current state of knowledge of this specific area over your 4 years of inquiry.