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 regularly with our research liaison Miranda Weintraub MPH, PhD and, Dr. Eve Zaritsky for guidance and support. They work closely in conjunction with our nationally recognized Division of Research. Many of our residents present at national meetings and publish 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. 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.
Miranda Lucia Ritterman Weintraub, PhD, MPH, Senior Research Project Manager at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center’s Department of Graduate Medical Education, received her BA, MPH in Health and Social Behavior, and PhD in Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley. There she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Public Health and served as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Previously Dr. Weintraub was an assistant professor at Touro University California, an adjunct professor of Epidemiology at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Sciences at the City College of New York, and a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. Dr. Weintraub has worked as a consultant on various health projects for the California Department of Public Health, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco. She is currently supporting Kaiser Permanente East Bay residents, fellows and faculty on their research endeavors.