Resident & Fellow Research

Residents and Fellows in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women's Health are encouraged to develop and pursue research areas of interest and relevance with a faculty research mentor. The Fellowship programs both have dedicated blocks of protected research time for further exploration of projects and research interests.


In compliance with the ACGME, all residents must complete at least one research project during their time in the program. The ultimate goal of this research is to publish or present at a national meeting by the resident's fourth year. Residents are encouraged to speak with their research mentors to begin development of project ideas during their first year in residency. More information on the timeline for research projects can be found in the Residency Research Handbook, or by contacting Trisha Pederson, Residency Coordinator, at


When funds are available, each fellow will be awarded $7,500 towards research activities and travel for the three-year term they are with the Fellowship Program. More information can be found in the Fellowship Program Manuals, or in the Fellow Research Handbook or by contacting Deborah Egger-Smith at

Resident and Fellow Research Day

Research Day 2021

Resident + Fellow Research Day - 2021

May 24, from 7:00 - 3:00 pm, Virtual Presentations via Zoom

This day-long conference was established by the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health as an opportunity for 4th-year residents, and the fellows in the Gynecologic Oncology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowships, to present the results of a research project to the faculty and guests.

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Awards for Best Resident Research Presentations:

  • Annelise Wilhite, MD, PGY3, "Provider Adherence to Surgical Guidelines for Risk Reducing Salpingo-oophorectomy," Research mentor: Britt Erickson, MD
  • Malinda Schaefer, MD, PGY3, "Assessment of pregnant women's knowledge and attitudes towards prevention of cytomegalovirus infection in the Minneapolis metropolitan area," Research mentor: Jessica Nyholm, MD



Highlighted Resident Studies

Tenley Klc

Dr. Tenley Klc, MD, MPH, PGY4

Study: "HER2 in Uterine Serous Carcinoma: Testing platforms and implications for targeted therapy"

Research Mentor: Dr. Britt Erickson


Jennifer Hagen

Dr. Jennifer Hagen, MD, PGY4

Study: "Ovarian preservation in low-grade endometrial cancer and endometrial intraepithelial neoplasia: outcomes and long-term health sequelae"

Research Mentor: Dr. Britt Erickson