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Ongoing Research Studies

Resident Research Project Ideas

Does bleeding pattern in patients using DepoProvera predict bleeding pattern if the same patients use Nexplanon?

  • This would be a chart review to identify (1) rate of irregular bleeding as the cause of Nexplanon/Implanon removal in our population and (2) the patients who switch from Depo to Nexplanon or vice versa and what their bleeding patterns are on each method. This project would help us better counsel our patients about these methods of birth control.

What percent of our GDM patients get their postpartum glucose tolerance test, how many are positive, and how many positives are referred to and seen by a PCP or Endocrinologist?

  • This project would be a chart review to identify our GDM patients and record variables including therapy during third trimester (oral vs. SQ), if they had a postpartum appointment, if a glucose tolerance test was ordered, if the patient completed it, if it was positive, if the patient was referred out (dietitian, PCP, Endo), if the patient was seen. This project could involve patient education components. Part of this problem may be because patients lose insurance after postpartum, so how can we intervene before that to help them? Ideally this project would be two parts: the chart review and then the results after an intervention.

What is the labor curve for our local population? Friedman's curve is probably too stringent and even Zheng's curve may not be representative of our patients.

  • This project would be a chart review. Variables would be times and cervical exams and times of delivery (CD or VD). Other variables could be race/ethnicity, BMI, parity, medications, age, etc.

Does urine protein reflect membrane status at term?

  • Prospective observational study. Charts of patients checking into OB triage would be flagged for study. Information would be collected on urine dip, patient complaints/signs/symptoms, other testing, US if done. Urine dip results would be compared to final diagnosis at admission or discharge. The point of this project is to determine whether urine protein on dip is a useful adjunct test to determine ROM.

Prevalence of TPO antibodies in women of reproductive age

  • Retrospective chart review looking at prevalence of TPO antibodies in our REI population, especially when TSH is normal or high normal. May also collect age, G/P, pregnancy rate, AMH, treatment type, race/ethnicity.

Addition of prophylactic azithromycin for scheduled / elective CD and SSI / wound complications

  • Retrospective chart review looking at wound infection after scheduled / elective CD with addition of IV azithromycin.

Use existing database to answer questions about breastfeeding choices among medical residents

Postpartum or postoperative opioid use/return -- there is a drug return box in lobby of ACB -- quality project regarding patient education and subsequent use of the return box?

Abnormal Pap in pregnancy in our population and rate of postpartum follow up as well as resolution/progression

Implementation of the morphology index for Gyn ultrasounds in our institution - QI project

Research Project Logistics

Research Project Proposal

  • You will usually present your research project idea during a Grand Rounds in July of your second year.
  • When you are developing an idea, it may be helpful to use the Project Proposal form. (Emailed from Research Director on request and on MedHub)
  • Presentation Structure

Research Working Group Information

The RWG is an informal group that serves two functions: (1) to review research proposals prior to submission to the IRB (2) to provide guidance and mentorship to residents during the research project process.

The Working Group meets one Friday per month if there are protocols or projects to discuss. Anyone is welcome at any time. We are happy to discuss projects at any stage, from brainstorming to formal development to reviewing IRB protocols. We are not meant to replace your primary research mentor or PI, only to supplement and provide expertise in other areas. Meetings will be announced by email. If you need your protocol reviewed prior to IRB submission, you will need to email your documents to the group by the monthly deadline. Otherwise you just need to let us know you are coming with a project to discuss, no submission is necessary. Please email Dr. Meriwether with questions.

Research Day Details

Manuscript Guidelines

  • Format and Content
  • Manuscripts are due to the Research Director by January 15th of PGY 4. ---for 2018-2019 only, deadline extended to May 31st 2019.

Meetings