Research Responsibilities

Research Opportunities within the Minimally Invasive Surgery Program

Under the supervision of the Program Director, Dr. As-Sanie, fellows will be expected to complete one independent research project in collaboration with the MIS faculty and/or other faculty within Michigan Medicine.  These projects should result in a presentation at a national meeting and at least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal.  Research time will be allocated on a weekly basis according to the service month, and semi-weekly MIS division research meetings will serve as the forum to discuss and review the progress of faculty and fellow projects. Examples of research areas include:

  • The role of the central nervous system in endometriosis-associated chronic pelvic pain
  • Neurobiological predictors of persistent pelvic pain in women undergoing hysterectomy for chronic pelvic pain
  • Predictors of acute and chronic post-surgical pain
  • Surgical simulation and methods of teaching laparoscopy in gynecologic surgery
  • Patient knowledge and decision making in minimally invasive surgery
  • Non-pharmacologic treatments for chronic pelvic pain
  • Predictors of sexual dysfunction following hysterectomy
  • Surgical outcomes and quality improvement

Sample Research Timeline

A sample timeline for appropriate progression for our two-year fellowship is as follows:

Phase 1: Year 1, August – September

  • Identify Research Question
    • Review literature and establish a relevant and important research question
    • State testable hypothesis and specific aims of the study

Phase 2: Year 1, October – November

  • Design research study and methods
  • Submit IRB

Phase 3: Year 1-2, January – December

  • Collect data

Phase 4: Year 2, January – June

  • Analyze results
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication

Additional Master's Opportunities 

Clinical fellows within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology may also have the option to enroll in a Masters of Public Health (MPH) program or a Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) program through the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  Additional master’s opportunities are available and may be more appropriate depending on the fellow’s particular interest.

Formal coursework may include:

  • Design of clinical research projects
  • Hypothesis development
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Legal, ethical, and regulatory issues related to clinical research.