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To provide an opportunity for residents to learn about research design and data collection and analysis and to facilitate completion of the research requirement for residency training.   It is expected that this experience will provide residents with the skills needed to interpret the medical literature and make evidence-based decisions regarding patient care.


Scope of research opportunities:

ABOG requires all residents to participate in a scholarly activity during their training.  While many residents choose to participate in hypothesis-driven research projects, this requirement can also be fulfilled by other forms of scholarly activity (for example the completion of an educational outreach projects, production of a video for use in patient education or a quality improvement project).  All projects must be approved by the Residency Program Director and it is expected that all projects will be conducted under the mentorship of a member of the Ob/Gyn faculty. 


How to choose what to do for my project:

There are an endless array of possible projects.  It is important to choose something that you are passionate about, because even the easiest project takes time and energy.  It is also important to choose something that you will be able to complete and present by your third year of residency.


Following is a link to a presentation by David Grimes on how to formulate a research question and study design that may be helpful.  https://prezi.com/bg8z0iumjmfw/research-proposals/


Types of studies:





For more information about advantages and disadvantages of each, see the following:

Study Designs

Nursing Resources: Types of Studies

Research Study Types

Study Designs

Department Research Support for Learners - SOP





2021-2022 Academic Year:


     January 28 2022 - Project idea & Faculty research mentor due

     February 14 2022 – All research project titles are due (2nd & 3rd Years)

     April 15 2022 – Submit title and abstract for the research symposium to be published in the booklet to Krista & Karen (2nd & 3rd Years)

     May 6 2022 - Abstracts will be reviewed and returned for revisions, 3rd Years Practice Oral presentations (zoom)

     May 13 2022 - Abstract revisions due for publication in booklet and posters for printing to Krista & Karen, 4th years Practice Oral Presentations (zoom)

     TBA - Practice Oral presentations (3rd Years)

     May 20 2022– Final slides to be submitted to Krista & Anthony

     June 3 2022– Resident research day presentations (2nd & 3rd Years)


     July 29, 2022 – submit Residency Research Plan Form signed by your research mentor (LINK TO FORM)



















Identify a research mentor and develop a preliminary research plan

Identify and complete requirements – CITI training, etc.

Establish a budget and source of funds

Consult with a statistician for sample size considerations, feasibility


Finalize research plan with your mentor,

including feasibility evaluation

Submit Research Plan Form July 30.

Submit IRB

Begin data collection and analysis

Format preliminary data and research plans for poster presentation

Present poster at Resident Research Day


Data collection and analysis

Meet with your mentor at least monthly

Identify any additional requirements

Consult with a statistician

Data analysis and formatting

Rehearse presentation with Mentor

Present at Resident Research Day!


Submission Information:


UNM HSC Submissions to the IRB

IRB Submission Page

RedCAP database management site

Biostatistics support


Statistical Reference Articles:


Ten Simple Rules for Effective Statistical Practice


Seligman Funds Application





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