Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine
Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology: Research
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Stonybrook University is currently ranked as one of the 94 top "High Research" institutions by the Carnegie Foundation.  It ranks as one of the top 50 Public Universities in the USA for Research.

The training program in Obstetrics and Gynecology emphasizes the development of the critical analytic skills necessary to read and interpret the published medical literature.

As part of this commitment, the residents are expected to complete one formal research project during their fours years of residency.  These projects are presented at the annual Resident Research Day, held on the day of resident graduation each year.  Each resident chooses a faculty advisor for the project and they work closely with him/her to plan, develop, and carry out their project.  This process is essential for the residents to learn first hand about research and the investigative process.  Many of our resident have been published in notable journals and/or have presented at national conferences.

Our residents have two elective rotations in their second and third year that are often used as research electives.

Some of our past residents have conducted research with investigators outside our Department, and some have conducted basic science research projects that have clinical implications.

As a PGY1, residents learn about research through a didactic program for residents and fellows run by Dr. Laurie Shroyer, PhD, of the Department of Surgery.  Attendance is mandatory for PGY1's.  All other residents are encouraged to attend when possible. PGY1's also take the required online training to conduct research (Committee on Research in Human Subjects, or CORIHS Training), prior to initiating a project.  Once mentors and projects are chosen, the resident crafts a proposal which is formally presented at Resident Research Day as a PGY2.   Residents collect and analyze data as a PGY2 -3, and present a finished project at the Annual Resident Research Day as a PGY3.  As a PGY4, the goal is to prepare a formal manuscript for publication, or to present the data at a local or national meeting as a poster or oral presentation.

Our Resident Research program is overseen by Dr. Richard Bronson (REI Division), and Residents gain helpful assistance from our Research Coordinator, Elizabeth Roemer, who can connect the Resident with the University's resources needed to complete the project. 

Many Residents also have opportunity to participate in other research projects (aside from the required project).

Click here to view the 2013 Residents Research Day program, which contains the research abstracts of our Residents' projects.  You can also download programs for the following years here: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.

**Congratulations to Melanie Van Sise (pgy 3) for her manuscript accepted to Obstetrics & Gynecology with Dr. Joseph Chappelle (faculty).

**Congratulations to Dr. Diana Garretto, (graduated), on being selected as one of 3 finalists (from 31 submissions) in the 2011 Iffath Abbasi Hoskins, MD, Junior Fellow Research Day Contest Oral Presentations held in conjunction with the ACOG District 2 Annual Meeting.  She presented "Validating a Term BMI using Mode of Delivery, Estimated Blood Loss, and Neonatal Weight" to the ACOG Annual Meeting general attendees.

**Congratulations to Dr. Jenny Ann Blumberg, PGY4, on her poster acceptance at Society For Gynecologic Oncology.

**Congratulations to Dr. Diana Garretto, (graduated), on the acceptance of her manuscript, entitled "Antenatal Diagnosis of Velamentous Cord Insertion" to the Journal of Ultrasound Medicine.

Here is a sample of publications by our residents: 


Stevens, E., Yu, S., Van Sise, M., Pradhan, T., Lee, V., Pearl, M.L, Lee, Y.C., Abulafia, O.  Relationship Between Hemoglobin A1c and Stage and Grade of Endometrial Cancer.  (2012) Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics [epub July 14]. DOI: 10.1007/s00404-012-2455-7

Van Sise M, Chappelle J. Does the Reference Text Included in the Electronic Medical Record Increase the Rate of Appropriate Antibiotic Selection for Prophylaxis in Cesarean Section? Submitted for Publication. 

Garretto D., Figueroa R. Antenatal Diagnosis of Velamentous Cord Insertion and Vasa Previa: Preparing for Good Outcome When the Cervix is Shortened. Accepted for Publication 12/2011, J. Ultrasound Medicine.

Avila C, Banghoo R, Figueroa R. et. al. Association of Smoking with Wound Complications after Cesarean Delivery. J Maternal Fetal Neonatal Med. 2011 Nov 14.

Ogburn, P., Weil, D, Quirk JG, Sternglanz, S, Lovekar, N: Undergraduate Educational Activity Improves OB/GYN Departmental Academic; Productivity: A Successful Example of “Translational Education”. Amer J Obstet Gynecol 2009 (in press).

Stevens EE and Ogburn P.  Cesarean Scar Ectopic Pregnancy: Failed Combination Local and Systemic Methotrexate Management Requiring Surgical Intervention. J.Reprod Med; Jul-Aug 56(7-8);356-8.

Garry DJ, Swoboda E, Elimian A, Figueroa R. A Video Study of Pain Relief During Newborn Male Circumcision. J. Perinatology 2006, Feb 26(2):106-10


Kumar A, Pearl M. THe usefulness of liver function tests in pre-operative evaluation of the gynecologic oncology patient.  Submitted to Society for Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting.

Stevens EE,Leon D, Blumberg J, Shah-Pradhan T, Lee YI, Abulafia O. Examining the Role of Preoperative Computerized Tomography in Serous Uterine Cancers. Poster accepted, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, 2012.

Kumar A, Pearl M. Mini-laparotomy versus laparoscopy for gynecologic conditions. ACOG District II Meeting, New York, NY, 2011.  Submitted to Society for Gynecologic Oncology.

Van Sise M, Stevens EE. Hemoglobin A1C and the Relationship to Stage and Grade of Endometrial Cancer. ACOG District II Meeting, New York, NY. 2011.  

Card L, Stevens EE.  Do Patients Know Who You Are and Your Role on the Team?  APGO (Assoc. Professors of Gyn/OB) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2011.

Garretto, D., Stevens, E.  Scutwork: What is it? Who defines it? Who should be doing it?.  Accepted for Round Table Discussion at: APGO Annual Meeting; Orlando, Fl. 2012

Garretto, D., Stevens, E. Body Mass Index and Pregnancy: Establishing a Term BMI. Poster presented at: ACOG District II 2010; New York, NY.

James SA,  Griffin T, Ogburn P,  Adsumelli R,  Ballas J,  Combs A,  Lynch A,  Little S,  Avila C,  Figueroa R,  Quirk JG. Management of obstetric hemorrhage: does the emergency hemorrhage protocol decrease complications associated with cesarean hysterectomy? Am J Obstet Gynecol Dec 2009, 201;6:S76.

Turkewitz R, Figueroa R, Kiefer D, Ogburn P, Kaplan C, Avila C, Wiencek V, Quirk J. Chorioamnionitis in preterm delivery: does clinical diagnosis indicate worse clinical outcome?  Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008, 199:S225.

Katkuri K, Griffin T, Ogburn P, Adsumelli R, Combs A, Lynch A,  Avila C,  Figueroa R,  Quirk, JG. Management of obstetric hemorrhage: using a risk assessment tool to predict hemorrhage. Am J Obstet Gynecol Dec. 2009, 201;6:S77.

Van den Heuvel K, Lydic M. Administration of High Dose Folate May Benefit Women With Recurrent First Trimester Pregnancy Loss and Normal Homocysteine with MTHFR Mutation. Fertil Steril 2006, 86(3): Supplement S471-2

Bhangoo R, Karunis M, Ballas J, San Roman GA, Stelling J. Cabergoline decreases the risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome and has no effect on pregnancy rate during In Vitro Fertilization.  Fertil Steril 2008, Vol 90: Supplement, S237 

Last updated by michael.lydic on November 20, 2013