Program Goal
To develop the foundational research skills, required for: 

  1. Enhancing the ObGyn knowledge base and clinical care as a practicing generalist, 
  2. Independent research during a fellowship, and/or 3) a career in an academic medicine, through direct experience in graduate level research with the intended outcome of a clinically significant publication.

Faculty Contact
Lorie Harper, MD
Assistant Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Assistant Professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology 

Note: It is imperative that residents follow rules outlined in IRB training and keep data with potential PMI secure. Databases and other files should only be saved to the secure server, and only institutionally-provided Ironkey-protected USB drives are to be used. Shared information should be de-identified when communicated to collaborators. 

PGY2 Resident Educational Objectives
The resident will:
  1. Identify research topic and an appropriate faculty advisor for the project
  2. Conceptualize a research project including:
  3. defining the problem and/or purpose of the study
  4. developing the hypothesis
  5. defining specific aims
  6. describing experimental design, statistical methods, and anticipated results
  7. identifying potential problems and alternative plans
  8. Present research idea in a formal setting
  9. Appraise and modify research idea based on faculty, fellows, and other resident feedback
  10. Apply for Human Subject Protocol Committee approval

Senior Resident Educational Objectives
The resident will:

  1. Renew Human Subjects Protocol Committee approval as needed
  2. Based on the PGY2 research idea, further design and develop a research project including, when appropriate:
  3. defining the problem and/or purpose of the study
  4. developing the hypothesis or research questions
  5. developing specific aims
  6. Develop the research design including, when appropriate:
  7. development of data collection instruments
  8. reviewing charts
  9. recruitment of subjects (clinical trials)
  10. performing of experiments (basic and translational research)
  11. entering data
  12. Develop the data analysis plan
  13. Conduct the appropriate statistical analysis and determine study findings
  14. Formally present the research at the annual Resident Research Day demonstrating proficiency in the communication competency (as defined in the RRD Rubric).
  15. Write a publishable quality manuscript and determine possible journals for submission


The Lancet Series

Epidemiology 2002  (This links provides access to articles immediately below)

  • An overview of clinical research: the lay of the land
  • Descriptive studies: what they can and cannot do
  • Bias and causal associations in observational research
  • Cohort studies: marching towards outcomes
  • Case-control studies: research in reverse
  • Generation of allocation sequences in randomised trials: chance, not choice
  • Allocation concealment in randomised trials: defending against deciphering
  • Blinding in randomised trials: hiding who got what
  • Sample size slippages in randomised trials: exclusions and the lost and wayward
  • Uses and abuses of screening tests
  • Unequal group sizes in randomised trials: guarding against guessing

Additional Lancet Epidemiology Articles

Timelines and approximate due dates for submissions to Research Director

  • PGY1 – June: Meet with Research Director to discuss potential projects
  • PGY2 – August: Meet w/ Dr. Harper
    • September: Submit research title, mentor, and hypothesis
    • October: Submit Preliminary PGY2 abstract
    • November: Submit final PGY2 abstract for Winter RRD
    • November: Presentation at Winter RRD
  • PGY3 – October: Submit interim report
    • April: Submit preliminary Senior abstract for RRD
    • May: Submit final Senior abstract for RRD
    • Early June: Presentation at RRD
  • PGY4 – April: Submit manuscript to Research Director


The UAB OB/GYN Fund for Excellence in Education

Goal: To enhance educational and/or research opportunities for residents, fellows, and faculty in the Department of Ob/Gyn at UAB. At this time, residents will have priority for funding, followed by faculty seeking funding for educational research or simulation activities. As the UAB Ob/Gyn Fund for Excellence in Education grows, we will plan to open up to fellows and other opportunities in the future as feasible. 

Read more about the UAB Ob/Gyn Fund for Excellence in Education support opportunities . . .