Women's Reproductive Health Research

The goal of the University of Michigan WRHR Career Development Program is to increase the number and effectiveness of obstetrics and gynecology scientists through a departmental-based, multidisciplinary junior faculty development program. We aim to provide superb mentorship by well-established departmental faculty and affiliated faculty researchers in the basic sciences and clinical sciences supported by an extensive array of departmental and university research facilities.

We will train two Ob/Gyn clinician scientists per year for a minimum of two years each. Recruitment and selection will focus on identifying scholars with superior academic potential and scientific skills. Each scholar has an assigned mentor: an established, independent investigator with a proven track record who has been selected for his/her commitment and track record of support for junior colleagues in their development to independence.

The scholars have 75 percent protected time for research and career development. An individual career development plan is developed by each scholar and their mentor. It includes, at a minimum, an intensive supervised research experience, instruction and assistance in grant writing and submission, experience in scientific writing, ongoing mentor contact, formal annual evaluation, and instruction in the responsible conduct of research.  Research and career development opportunities include monthly Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) lab meetings, women’s academic leadership activities, visiting professors, and Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) career development activities and Research Studio for K scholars. Access to advanced courses in biomedical research, biostatistics, epidemiology, and research methodology assistance is available as appropriate. 

A Program Advisory Committee oversees the program with emphasis on recruitment, selection, ongoing assessment of progress and post-completion tracking of scholars.