Resident Research Committee

A department Research Committee provides ongoing oversight and mentoring of the successful resident research program. The committee includes physician and PhD faculty members as well as support staff.

  • Each resident must complete a research project suitable for publication.
  • The residents select a topic and faculty mentor during the first year of residency.
  • The project is reviewed by the research staff and statisticians from a statistical and study design perspective.
  • The topic and draft study design are presented at the Annual Resident Research Day at the end of the PGY-1 year for faculty critique.
  • The research projects culminate in a final paper and presentation at Resident Research Day at the beginning of the PGY-3 year.
  • The projects are judged on the basis of “best resident research project” and “best resident research presentation.”
  • Residents are encouraged to submit their papers for publication and to present them at regional/national meetings with expenses covered by the department.
  • Residents are also encouraged to participate in the research projects of the faculty and have been included in the abstract submission, meeting presentations and publications of these projects.
  • Scholarly activities include:
    • Evidenced Based Journal Club
    • Case conferences
    • Participation in the ABOG Life Long Learning program

Past Successes

  • Winners of the ACOG District IV best resident research award in 2004 and 2005
  • Winners of the ACOG Donald F. Richardson resident research award in 2005 and 2006
  • Winners of the SC Ob-Gyn Society research awards several years
  • Presentations at various meetings including SMFM, ASRM, SC Ob-Gyn Society, ACOG, AUGS, ACOG/District IV and South Atlantic Ob-Gyn Society.

Resident Research Program Overview

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Obstetrics and Gynecology resident review committee requires that “each program must provide an opportunity for residents to participate in research or other scholarly activities and residents must participate actively in such scholarly activities.” One way we accomplish this requirement is with our award winning resident research program. As part of this program:

  • Each resident chooses a research project and faculty mentor.
  • Follows a self-study curriculum designed by the resident research committee
  • Obtains institutional review committee approval of his or her project
  • Completes an online interactive course in research methodology and ethics
  • Conducts the research and presents the research at the C. M. Easley Resident Research Day

The top two resident presentations are selected by a panel of judges for further presentation at the South Carolina Obstetric and Gynecologic Society meeting held each autumn.

Residents are also encouraged to submit their projects to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) District IV meeting which leads to consideration for acceptance to the ACOG annual clinical meeting and receipt of the Donald F. Richardson Award for outstanding research by a resident in Ob-Gyn.

Residents are also encouraged to submit their research to other state, regional, national and specialty society meetings and for publication in major medical journals.

Resident projects accepted for presentation at a meeting and has a submittable manuscript comes with an all expense paid trip to the meeting including air fare, hotel, meeting registration and food and beverage for both the resident and project mentor.