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Overview of the Resident Research Experience






Milestones Identify topic and present research proposal to department in May IRB approval and data collection and analysis Complete study and present results to department in May Top abstracts forwarded to TAOG for presentation in Oct.

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For details, please review the Department of OB/GYN Resident Research Progress Form. Briefly, the resident will be expected to complete the required human subjects training early in their internship year, identify a meaningful topic for their scholarly project and present their idea to the department at the end of their first year. Projects will be completed by May of the third year. OB/GYN Research Division faculty and staff are available to assist house staff in achieving these goals.

Research topics that will be addressed during the didactic sessions:

  • Library skills/accessing the literature
  • Introduction to study designs common in clinical research
  • Interpreting basic statistical tests
  • Qualitative research and focus groups
  • Critiquing and writing journal articles

Recent Publications by Residents

  1. Nutis M, Garcia KM, Nuwayhid B, Mulla Z, ElMasri W. The Use of an Ultrasonographic Cut Point for Diagnosing Endometrial Pathology in Postmenopausal Women with Multiple Risk Factors for Endometrial Cancer. The Journal of Reproductive Medicine, 2008; 53(10): 755-759.
  2. Nodler J, Moolamalla SR, Ledger EM, Nuwayhid BS, Mulla ZD. Elevated Antiphospholipid Antibody Titers and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: Analysis of a Population-Based Hospital Dataset. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2009; 9: 11 (8 pages).
  3. Glidden AJ, Mulla ZD, Canada L. Effect of Chamomile Tea on Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes in a Hispanic Population Living on the Texas-Mexico Border. Texas Public Health Journal 2009; 61(2): 29-35.


  • 15 Steps to Good Research
  • March of Dimes Perinatal Stats
  • Designing Clinical Research, Third Edition, by Stephen B. Hulley, M.D., M.P.H., and colleagues. Published in 2007 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • A Dictionary of Epidemiology, Fifth Edition, Edited by Miquel Porta. Published in 2008 by Oxford University Press.

Research Opportunities

Helpful Links

Welcome to the OBGYN Research Opportunities page. This page is to provide visitors with helpful information on research funding and opportunities. If further assistance is needed as far as information on HIPAA training or IRB instructions, or assistance with literature reviews, proposal writing, or iRIS submission, and information on the following research opportunities and funding, please contact: Loretta Hernandez, MPH, phone 545-6611 ext 290 or email at

Seed Grants

This program is specifically for the El Paso campus. Investigators planning to conduct pilot studies with the intention of obtaining subsequent external funding for their research are encouraged to apply.

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March of Dimes

The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation defines a birth defect as any abnormality of structure or function, whether inherited, or acquired in utero and presenting in infancy and childhood. Deviations from reproductive health of women and men as an underlying basis of birth defects, i.e., preconceptual events, perinatal course and premature births, are appropriate subjects for research support. The ultimate aim of research supported by the MOD is prevention of birth defects. Grants are awarded to qualified institutions to support research on birth defects.

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