Research Experience

Research training is focused on the interests of the individual fellow. We have opportunities for research in epidemiology, clinical trials, translation research and basic science. Fellows will design their research projects in collaboration with mentors within the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

The research curriculum includes both a formal didactic component and practical research experience that will provide a well-rounded experience in study design, study execution, manuscript preparation, and grant writing.

Didactic sessions are taught through weekly classes over the course of 3 months and are a collaboration effort with the Maternal Fetal Medicine Division. Topics include the following:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research/Ethics
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • Rates and Proportions
  • Regression Analysis
  • Observational Studies
  • Clinical Trials I & II
  • Health Outcomes Research
  • Informatics in Research
  • Translational Research I & II
  • Basic Science Techniques

Practical experience:

Each fellow is assigned to a faculty mentor whose research interests most closely match those of the fellow (basic science, translational, epidemiology, or clinical research interests). Faculty and fellow work closely together in developing and conducting a series of research projects with major focus on a completion of a thesis project by the end of fellowship.

It is expected that the fellow will complete research projects during the 3 years of fellowship. Typically, this includes retrospective studies, meta-analysis and at least one prospective study. Additional research projects are encouraged.


Year 1

  • 2 months of protective time for research in first year
  • July: Introduce fellow to potential mentors during orientation.
  • August-December:
    • One-on-one discussions with potential mentors.
    • Selection of research mentor.
    • Start participation in the Scientific Review Committee
    • Formulate ideas for thesis project
  • January-June:
    • Create basic hypothesis for research project.
    • Present research concept to the FPMRS Division
    • Finalize protocol for thesis project
    • Submit IRB with successful approval for thesis project by the end of first year

Year 2

  • 7 months of protected time for research in second year
  • July-June:
    • Majority of dedicated research blocks during second year
    • Initiate and implement thesis protocol into a clinical study or laboratory study

Year 3

  • 3 months of protected time for research in third year
  • July-June
    • Complete Manuscript
    • Thesis defense