A resident research project is required of residents. This project requires a proposal
to be presented as a PGY-2 and the completed research project will be presented at
Research Day at year end. Multiple venues of research are available for resident participation.
Partaking in research activity is an opportunity to expand knowledge of both basic
and clinical science, research design, data analysis, and scientific writing. Involvement
in research is highly encouraged for all residents. All faculty are receptive to resident
If a research project is presented at a state or national level meeting, the department will pay for travel expenses as well as the meeting fee. Notable is the Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology Society (GOGS) which has an annual meeting in mid-August. The majority of presentations at this meeting are by state residents. Other meetings commonly presenting resident research are the annual APGO (early March) and ACOG (May) meetings.
Time spent in active research (time spent in the actual laboratory or in the hospital) is included in the 80 hour work week guidelines. In general, time spent reading, preparing documents, or preparing presentations is considered educational and not counted toward the hourly guidelines. Pursuing additional research on your own time is supported and those hours are not included in the 80 hour work week guidelines.
Faculty sponsors will assist you with your project ideas, Human Assurance Committee (HAC) approval, writing and presentation skills, and with any other aspects of your research project.
Timeline for Required Research Project:
■ Identify research faculty mentor and project
■ Complete project proposal and necessary IRB documents
■ Begin project, including obtaining HAC approval
■ By 10/15 of each year — All PGY-2's need to submit their research project to the research director. To include the research title, your faculty sponsor and a brief explanation of the project.
Present Research Proposal at a Department Grand Rounds in January or February and Research Day at the end of the year in June
■ Continue ongoing project
■ Consider preparation for oral or poster presentation
■ Present Research Proposal at a Department Grand Rounds in January or February and Research Day at the end of year in June
■ Prepare final document
■ Consider submission to journal or regional/national meeting (meetings include the Georgia ObGyn Society, Southern Association, APGO, ACOG, subspecialty annual conferences, etc.)
■ Prepare for presentation at the Resident Research Symposium at the end of chief year
■ By 3/15 of each year — All PGY-4's need to submit their Project Abstract for publication in the Research Symposium pamphlet
■ Presentation at the Resident Research Symposium at end of year in June