The Family Planning division conducts multiple, concurrent research projects that cover a range of subjects relevant to our fellows learning the field as this program is stable and large. Some projects are internally funded. Sponsors include industry, NIH (CCTN), and the Society of Family Planning. Fellows have opportunities to learn about division research beyond their particular fellowship projects:
- At our weekly division meeting, we address issues with recruitment, retention, and problem solving at least quarterly.
- Study doctor: Fellows participate in conducting research related study visits; this has included TVS to measure ovarian follicle development, assess qualities of cervical mucus, and instruction from coordinators on study related documentation.
When appropriate, we provide opportunities for fellows to carry out sub-studies or secondary analyses of larger ongoing projects.
Fellows receive a small group orientation to departmental and medical center research processes and guidelines from a dedicated departmental research staff. The first-year fellow attends an OB/GYN departmental “Research Boot Camp.” Content includes introduction to the IRB, HIPAA compliance, managing data, avoiding pitfalls and funding opportunities.