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OB/GYN Residency


The quality of resident research done in our residency program is outstanding, winning both national and district awards.  We expect each resident to complete an academic project prior to completion of residency.  We provide residents with a well-structured research curriculum that starts in the PGY1 year.  We schedule a full month in the second year to allow residents a dedicated rotation to thoughtfully invest time in a well-structured research project, with the help of a faculty mentor.  It is our expectation that research projects will be publication-caliber, and we provide many resources to help residents achieve this goal, including access to an epidemiologist as well as to the Maine Medical Center Research Institute's committee to support resident projects.

Some recent research projects:

  • Mike Czerkes - "Buprinophene versus Methadone Treatment for Opiate Addiction in Pregnancy "  won the national Richardson prize for best resident research project in the country in 2010. 
  • Arij Faksh  - "Management of PPROM" - won the district Richardson prize for best resident research in the Northeast
  • Jenny Mueller - "Post-placental IUD insertion for Contraception", is a prospective study requiring FDA approval currently underway
  • Caroline Foust-Wright - "Effect of Lap-band Bariatric Surgery on Urinary Incontinence in Morbidly Obese Women" - a resident-initiated multi-disciplinary project
  • Claire Danby - "In Vitro Susceptibility of Candida Galbrata to Ciclopirox Olamine".  Dr. Danby won "Best Junior Investigator of the Year" by the Infectious Disease of Obstetrician Gynecologist Society.

Timeline for Research Projects

PGY 1:

  • Meet with Dr. Spratt, Research Director, during the second month of residency for introduction to research requirment
  • Prepare a case report during the ultrasound rotation with the MFM attendings
  • Meet with the librarian for research skills update
  • Choose a project and faculty mentor by the end of the PGY1 year 

PGY 2:

  • Prior to the research month, residents should generate a project plan and timeline with a faculty mentor
  • Meet with MMC epidemiologist for power calculations and statistical feasibility study
  • Submit any and all required documentation for IRB approval or exemption
  • Utilize research month to make strides towards completion of data collection.  

PGY 3 and PGY 4:

  • Finish first draft of manuscript
  • Plan to submit for presentation or publication
  • Present at Department Grand Rounds
  • Plan to submit for publication.



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