Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Program

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The UAB Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Program has as its major goal, the development of academically sound research-oriented OB/GYN physician scientists, who will eventually become independent scientific investigators able to compete on the national level for NIH and other research funding.

UAB’s Center for Women’s Reproductive Health (CWRH) was initially awarded the NICHD funded training program entitled “The Women’s Reproductive Health Research Career Development Program” in 1999 and successfully competed for a fourth 5-year cycle in 2015. This program is dedicated to providing an excellent research training program for its scholars who are OB/GYN physicians recently completing their postgraduate clinical training and are interested in academic medicine and research. Completion of the UAB WRHR Career Development Program equips scholars with the research skills that can be applied to study of important health problems in women.

Our outstanding Senior Mentors from the Departments of OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Medicine, Microbiology, Radiology, Cell Biology, and Epidemiology, among others, have had extensive interaction through research collaboration and teaching. Each mentor is a well funded and established senior investigator with national credentials within the Schools of Medicine and Public Health. The central theme of the WRHR Program is to train OB/GYN physicians to become independent researchers across the spectrum of research related to women’s health care. The Principal Investigator, Research Director/Recruiting Officer, and the Advisory Committee review, evaluate, and recommend appropriate scholars to the Principal Investigator. Since the program’s initiation, we have attracted trainees of diverse backgrounds involved in basic biomedical, translational, and clinical research, covering the disciplines of gynecologic oncology, gynecologic urogynecology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility including contraception, genetics, and maternal-fetal medicine. Their career development and research projects are performed in collaboration and with mentorship provided by senior mentors in the Program.

The WRHR Scholarship Provisions and Expectations

The WRHR Career Development program provides the scholar with research and salary support at the assistant professor level for a minimum of two and up to five years. Scholars spend 75% of full time professional effort conducting research and participating in career development activities. They complete relevant coursework, participate in clinical, laboratory and statistical learning activities, and develop and foster a research focus during the initial two years. It is anticipated that an entry level scholar will have prepared scientific abstracts on their research focus and present at National OB/GYN scientific meetings such as the Annual American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Meeting, Society of Gynecologic Oncology, American Urogynecologic Society, Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and others. Scholars are ultimately expected to prepare and submit NIH type grant applications for extramural funding.

Eligibility Requirements
* MD or MD/PhD with completed residency (completed fellowship optional).
* No previous independent NIH research awards or more than 3 years on a K award.
* United States citizen, non citizen national, or permanent citizen with verification of legal admission.
Availability of positions will be posted on the UAB WRHR website.

Program Application

Contact Dr. Holly E. Richter, PhD, MD via email at hrichter@uabmc.edu, and send the following:
* Brief statement of research and career plans
* CV/Biosketch
A formal application will be requested after review of the brief statements if the candidate is under consideration. The full application includes:
* Research plan with hypotheses and specific aims
* NIH Biosketch
Three letters of recommendation, one from the candidate’s chair, two may be from residency or fellowship director, previous mentors or scientists familiar with the candidate’s work and qualifications.
*Selected Mentor’s name and research focus.

STATUS:

Currently have two appointed research scholars

UAB WRHR Administration Contact information

Principal Investigator:

William W. Andrews, PhD, MD, Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
UAB Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Phone: (205) 934-9414
Fax: (205) 975-5723
Email: brials@uab.edu

Research Director/Recruiting Officer:

Holly E. Richter, PhD, MD, Professor
UAB Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Phone: (205) 934-1704
Fax: (205) 975-8893
Email: hrichter@uabmc.edu