Resident Research & Quality Improvement

All residents are required to complete a research project and a quality improvement initiative during their training. Residents present their research project proposals in the PGY-1 year and their completed projects in the PGY-3 year during the annual Joseph Seitchik Residency Research Day, named for our founding Chairman. We hold semi-annual research symposia to help our residents and medical students get acquainted with current projects and ideas for projects. Residents are mentored by faculty and supported by our research design team in conducting research in a variety of clinical, science, and educational topics. Residents are encouraged and supported to present their work regionally and nationally at a variety of conferences!

All residents participate in quality improvement regularly, so developing a quality improvement project is generally very easy for them to do! Projects are mentored by faculty and have included topics such as development of a postpartum hemorrhage cart, implementation of a maternal transfusion reduction bundle, and optimization of patient flow in the gynecologic emergency center.

Residents can consider a research selective during their training to support their personal career interests. Residents with a special interest in quality improvement are supported to attend a formal training course on Clinical Safety and Effectiveness offered by University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Some examples of current and recent research projects include:

  • Inflammatory Markers as Predictors of COVID-19 Severity in Pregnancy
  • Strategies to decrease the frequency of repeated preoperative Type and Screens prior to Gynecologic surgery
  • Reduction of the NTSV Cesarean Section Rate and Evaluation of Balancing Measures
  • Adherence rate and barriers to completion of chemotherapy in recurrent, persistent, or metastatic cervical cancer in an underserved Hispanic patient population
  • Endometrial Ablation with and without Depo-Provera – A Comparison of Outcomes
  • The Futility of Routine Postpartum Day 1 complete Blood Counts in Uncomplicated Vaginal Deliveries
  • Utilizing Peer-Directed Videos to Enhance Medical Student Preparedness for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship
Dr. Eva Wong

“Learning to perform TVUS early in our training. By the time we graduate most of us have done over 500 TVUS!”
-Dr. Eva Wong, Class of 2021