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UAB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is now accepting applications for the inaugural class of Women’s Health Research Fellowship Program for academic specialists in general obstetrics and gynecology. Candidates should be interested in pursuing an academic career that combines scientific inquiry and clinical obstetrics and gynecology.


This two-year fellowship is designed to prepare academic specialists in general obstetrics and gynecology to pursue a research career in an academic department. As a part of the program, fellows will have the opportunity to complete a Master’s program curriculum.

  • Master’s in Public Health (MPH) with concentration options of epidemiology, health behavior, health care organization, health policy, maternal and child health policy and leadership, and population health.
  • Masters of Science in Public Health with concentrations in applied technology, biostatistics, epidemiology, and outcomes research.

The fellowship program will allow investigation in a broad range of areas including, but not limited to, behavioral, epidemiologic, implementation science, health services, outcomes, and patient-oriented research. The department has an emphasis on global and rural health, infectious diseases, and clinical outcomes research and is able to tailor the fellowship to a research topic within the scope of practice of an academic specialist in general obstetrics and gynecology that matches the candidate’s interest. The goal of this fellowship is for our fellows to finish the program with a strong foundation in the design and conduct of clinical research, grant writing, a track record of research success, and a network of mentors and resources that will allow them to be well-positioned to obtain extra-mural funding and launch an academic career. Research infrastructure and collaboration through the Center for Women’s Reproductive Health (CWRH) and other university-wide interdisciplinary centers at UAB are among the best in the country.


Fellows, on average, will spend 30-35% of their time working clinically in the outpatient and inpatient clinical settings of the UAB Division of Women’s Reproductive Healthcare (WRH). The clinical volume will be sufficient for fellows to sit for their American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) Oral Board examination either during or at the conclusion of the fellowship.


After choosing their primary area of interest, fellows will have a primary research mentor and mentor team with research expertise and a track record of research success in the field. The fellow will meet with the mentors regularly to receive support and career guidance. Fellows will also be assigned a primary clinical mentor to receive guidance in clinical care.


Applicants must have an M.D. degree and have completed a U.S. residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Prior training in clinical research is not required.


Interested applicants should email the following application materials to Catina Diggs at cdiggs@uabmc.edu by March 31, 2022. 

  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • One page personal statement describing why the applicant wants to pursue research training and a clinician-scientist career
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty who can comment on the training, skills, and/or lived experience the applicant has had that is relevant to the fellowship.

Applicants will be selected for interviews. The fellowship start date is July 1, 2022.

Fellowship Directors

Research: Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D., MPH; Email: iscarinci@uabmc.edu
Clinical: Todd R. Jenkins, M.D., MSHA; Email: trjenkins@uabmc.edu