Annually, chief residents from Kaiser Oakland, Santa Clara, and San Francisco present their original research at the annual Kaiser Permanente Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident Research Symposium (KOGBARRS). The mission of the Resident Research Symposium is to foster a spirit of scientific inquiry for Kaiser OB/GYN residents and faculty. Our goal is to familiarize residents with research study techniques through first- hand experience in conducting research and presenting their findings. Our residents meet twice a year with our research liaison, Dr. Eve Zaritsky and then do quarterly Works in Progress (WIPs) with Dr. Zaritsky, Dr. Olga Ramm and Dr. Cooksey for guidance and support. They work closely in conjunction with our nationally recognized Division of Research. Many of our residents are now presenting at national meetings and publishing their findings. Outside the VA medical system, Kaiser has the largest patient database in the country. This provides an excellent foundation for developing and investigating clinical research questions. We strongly encourage and support our residents to present their projects at regional and national scientific meetings and publish their results in peer reviewed journals. Any resident whose research is accepted for presentation at a national meeting will have his/her expenses for that conference reimbursed and residents who publish in a peer reviewed journal are granted an additional day of vacation. Our hope is that our residents will develop a critical interest in research which will be a cornerstone for their growth as obstetricians and gynecologists.
Dr. Emilia Wilkins (PGY4 resident in 2017) gave an oral presentation of her research at ACOG in May 2017. You can read about her presentation here.