Resident Research in OB-GYN

Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program

The Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency at Christiana Care Health System has a strong commitment to departmental, divisional and individual research projects. The department has a well-developed research infrastructure with a validated data base, six research nurses and a data coordinator. We are part of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Network through the NICHD, as well as the Global Health Network. The residents in the department of Obstetrics & Gynecology are required to do one novel research project. However, many of our residents graduate having performed more research projects. Our residents have won every major research award both locally and nationally and it is routine that our resident present their research at national conferences. We encourage residents to develop and begin their research projects early in their residency career. There will be an assigned research mentor as well as regular resident research meetings. Lastly there is a resource for statistical analysis within the department.

Each year we have our residents present their work at our annual Resident Research Symposium. This year, on April 2nd, 2014, we held our Nineteenth Annual Resident Research Symposium. This provides a forum whereby senior residents present their three year research projects to an audience of their peers and attending physicians, often in advance of a larger national meeting invitation. Residents demonstrate their understanding of the concept of research, the clinically relevant research question, research design, and statistical analysis of the body of literature. The visiting professor critiques each presentation relative to research methods and impact on patient care and, with designated faculty, will vote on the best research/presentation. Dr. Bahaeddine M. Sabai also provided oversight and presented “Diagnosis and Management of Severe Obstetric Hemorrhage”.

Residents who presented their work include:

  • Neha Vora, M.D., Pregnancy Outcomes in Patients with Resolved Placenta Previa.
  • Linda Barakat, M.D., Mirena, Does one size fit all?
  • Siobhan McCarty-Singleton, M.D., Foley T.I.P.S. – Transcervical versus Intracervical Placement Study.
  • Samata McClure, D.O., The effect of Unintended Pregnancy on Chosen Contraceptive Method.
  • Vrunda Patel, M.D., Does Cerclage Placement in Twin Gestational Pregnancies Complicated by Cervical Shortening Lead to Improved Outcomes?
  • Jodi Brown, D.O., The Impact of Prior Abortion on Labor Outcomes in Nulliparous Women.

Winners of the William G. Slate, M.B., Ch.B, MS, Resident Research Award

  • Siobhan McCarty-Singleton, M.D.
  • Neha Vora, M.D.

Next year’s research day will be on April 1st, 2015. Residents have been hard at work with a number of great projects underway! Dr. Arnold P. Advincula, Vice-Chair for Women’s Health and Assistant Professor at the Columbia University Medical Center will be our guest speaker. Please mark your calendars and block your schedule for what is sure to be a great talk, and great day of resident projects!