During the first two years each OBGYN resident is expected to develop a research project of sufficient quality as to be published or presented as a poster or abstract and have that project completed by the end of residency. Residents are encouraged to develop a project in a field of their own interest and to associate with a sponsoring faculty member, many of whom are accomplished and published clinical researchers.
Residents will be assisted by the full support of the Saint Thomas Research Institute, which provides research coordinators and navigators to assist the resident in the process of study design, Institutional Review Board approval, and statistical analysis. Residents also have the UTHSC library as well as the STM library with a dedicated research librarian for document search and retrieval.
Continuous quality improvement and patient safety have become increasingly important in patient care. Quality improvement (QI) projects are different from research in that a QI project is usually multidisciplinary and examines an internal process of patient care, improving the quality of care within the home institution. In the first year of the OBGYN program, residents will receive formal training and assistance in the design and implementation of a quality improvement project. During the last three years each resident will be expected to participate in a QI project annually and serve as the primary coordinator for at least one project.