The fellow will complete one year of research. Opportunities exist for laboratory research, and alternatively, fellows can enroll in the Masters of Epidemiology Program in the Graduate College in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Laboratory research projects are available in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology or in the basic research laboratory of the College of Medicine. The research work is expected to culminate in the production of a thesis, as mandated by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Fellows have won national awards for their research from various scientific and professional societies.
The Division is also active in clinical research, and fellows have an excellent record of presenting basic, translational and clinical science at national meetings. These generally result in publications in top oncology journals.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is proud of its tumor tissue bank, which is maintained by Dr. Goodheart. It consists of nearly 500 endometrial cancer specimens, and 100 ovarian cancer specimens, many with matching serum specimens. Clinical data is available for all of these patients.
Techniques used in the laboratory include cell culture, DNA and RNA extraction, polymerase chain reaction, quantitative RT-PCR gel electrophoresis, and DNA sequencing.
During the research year, two courses are offered and strongly encouraged: Introduction to Biostatistics and Molecular Biology of Cancer.