Thomas Jefferson University

ObGyn Research

Our mission is to improve women’s health and well being through research. Our patient centered research focuses on improving outcomes through all stages of life from childhood and adolescence, through pregnancy and reproductive years, and after menopause. 

Research Program by Trainee Level

Medical Students

Jefferson Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology supports the Sidney Kimmel Medical College Scholarly Inquiry Program. We have opportunities for clinical and population based research for medical students at all levels of training.

How to get involved:

From November 1- December 30 we accept applications for students interested in formal research project within our department

Application to include:

Resume or CV including any prior research experience and current medical school year

Application Supplement:

  • Name and email
  • Time available for research
  • Type of research activity interested in (may select more than one)
    • Prospective patient facing research
    • Chart review
    • Population/database based
    • Areas of interest (ie menopause, obstetrics etc)

Email submission materials/information to  Brandy Firman by the applicationd eadline.

Application Process

In January selected students will be matched with potential research mentors, and in August students will present the progress/results of their summer research work during Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds

Outside of this application window you may email Brandy Firman for any additional open research opportunities.



All residents have a requirement to participate in scholarly activity.  Our residents complete both Quality Improvement and Scholarly Research projects during their residency.   Residents complete and present their work to the Department in the PGY-3 year.   Our residents work has been presented as both posters and oral presentations at national meetings such as the annual conferences of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Society of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, the Society of Family Planning, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and the American Public Health Association.

Research mentorship and support:  The general and specialist OB-GYN faculty provide the primary mentorship to our residents for research. The residents also frequently collaborate with other departments at Jefferson, and with faculty at affiliate hospitals.  Our faculty have experience in grant writing, study design, clinical trials and both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.



Thomas Jefferson University Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine has a strong history of clinical research that has driven national and international guidelines in obstetrics. 

Our fellowship program provides an abundance of research resources including 

Research mentorship: Our faculty are involved in a variety of research including translational, clinical, public health/population based. In addition, we are happy to support mentorship in grant writing/applications. 

Research databases: We have existing databases for research including:

  • Cervical length screening database
  • Preeclampsia database
  • Ultrasound database
  • Access to subscriptions for national delivery databases

Clinical research opportunities including clinical trials: Our faculty and fellows are routinely conducting clinical trials that have influenced national guidelines. Resident and nursing staff are part of our research team and are accustomed to participating and facilitating clinical trials in the outpatient and inpatient setting. 

Graduate level courses: You may take additional courses, supported by the department, to supplement your research training, including the possibility of additional graduate degrees. Popular courses that our fellows have taken include- Biostatistics, Database development, Clinical Edidemiology