Research is an integral part of the fellow’s training.

During the 24-month fellowship, the fellow will undertake an independent original research project approved by the fellowship director and initiated in the first year of training to allow for appropriate time to complete. The fellow will have 8 hours per week of protected research and academic time.

Dr. John Shepard will assume the role of the fellow’s research mentor. Dr. Shepard’s expertise and interest is in clinical science research and has been working as a mentor for many years with residents and fellows on their projects. He will be available to meet regularly with and mentor the fellow so that they will complete, by the end of their final academic year, at least one IRB approved (if applicable) research project relevant to minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. This research project will be an original data-driven project, meta-analysis or a systematic review that conforms to PRISMA guidelines. During the research experience the fellow will be: exposed to hypothesis generation and testing, the IRB application process, study design, data gathering, statistical analysis, manuscript preparation and revision. The fellow will be expected to submit abstracts to appropriate scientific meetings and successfully publish at least one clinical project and to present their research progress at the monthly meetings attended by the program director and core faculty.

An epidemiologist is available to the fellows for consultation and help with research projects. Each fellow is provided with SPS software available for statistical analysis.