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STRENGTHENING RESEARCH IN ACADEMIC OB/GYN DEPARTMENTS

Jessica Townsend, Editor

Committee on Research Capabilities of Academic Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Division of Health Sciences Policy

INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE

NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
Washington, D.C.
1992

Suggested Citation:"FRONT MATTER." Institute of Medicine. 1992. Strengthening Research in Academic OB/GYN Departments. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/1970.
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Suggested Citation:"FRONT MATTER." Institute of Medicine. 1992. Strengthening Research in Academic OB/GYN Departments. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/1970.
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COMMITTEE ON THE RESEARCH CAPABILITIES OF ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY

RICHARD E. BEHRMAN (Chairman),* Executive Director,

Packard Foundation—Center for the Future of Children, Los Altos, California

EVERETT ANDERSON,** Professor of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, and Associate Director,

Laboratory of Human Reproduction and Reproductive Biology, Harvard School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts

C. WAYNE BARDIN,* Vice President, The Population Council, and Director,

Center for Biomedical Research, New York, New York

GERARD N. BURROW,* Dean,

School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California

SHIRLEY S. CHATER,* President,

Texas Woman's University, Denton

ARTHUR L. HERBST, Professor and Chairman,

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

ERNST KNOBIL,** Director,

Laboratory for Neuroendocrinology, University of Texas Medical School, Houston

PAUL C. MACDONALD,* Professor, Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology and Biochemistry, and Director,

Cecil H. and Ida Green Center for Reproductive Biology Sciences, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

DORIS H. MERRITT, Associate Dean,

Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis

RODRIGUE MORTEL, Professor and Chairman,

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey

MARY LAKE POLAN, Professor and Chairman,

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California

GLORIA E. SARTO, Professor and Chairman,

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque

PAUL D. STOLLEY,* Professor and Chairman,

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of Maryland Medical School, Baltimore

JOSEPH B. WARSHAW, Chairman,

Department of Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut

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Member, Institute of Medicine

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Member, National Academy of Sciences

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Institute of Medicine Staff

RUTH ELLEN BULGER, Director,

Division of Health Sciences Policy

JESSICA TOWNSEND, Study Director

DEE SUTTON, Administrative Assistant

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PREFACE

The work of this committee could not have been accomplished without the contributions of many people and organizations who provided assistance and information. The staff of the National Institutes of Health were especially generous with their time and expertise. Many individuals contributed, including Duane F. Alexander, Sumner J. Yaffe, Charlotte Catz, Michael E. McClure, Donald McNellis, Darlene D. Levenson, George E. Lewerenz, and many others at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development who spent considerable time with us. A particular debt is also owed to Jerome G. Green and his staff at the Division of Research Grants who provided data that were crucial to the work of the committee. Our project officers were Pamela Wolf and Jeffrey A. Perlman.

Important help with data was also provided by Paul J. Friedman of the University of California, San Diego, who supplied special analyses of data on physician age distribution, and Warren H. Pearse of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), who kindly allowed us to participate in a survey sponsored by ACOG and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Individuals who participated at meetings of the committee include Florence Haseltine (who provided the inspiration for this study), Daniel R. Mishell, Lawrence D. Longo (who also contributed a background paper), Harold Pincus, and Frederick Naftolin.

We also wish to acknowledge the help of many members of departments of obstetrics and gynecology who welcomed staff and gave generously of their time and experience. Sites visited include the University of California at San Francisco, San Diego, and Irvine; the University of Pennsylvania; and Yale University.

The committee solicited input from chairs of departments of OB/GYN and others members of the profession. Their thoughtful responses gave us perspectives and information that provided important groundwork for our deliberations.

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The research agenda, which constitutes Chapter 6, could not have been completed without the contributions of those who wrote background papers. Their names are listed in Appendix C, and our thanks go to each of them.

Finally I would like to thank my fellow committee members whose deliberations provided the basis for this report. On their behalf, I wish to express our gratitude to the Institute of Medicine staff. Jessica Townsend as study director managed all aspects of the study activities and report preparation. Dee Sutton provided secretarial support, and Paul B. Phelps edited the manuscript.

Richard E. Behrman

Chairman

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Research conducted in academic departments of obstetrics and gynecology could result in substantial improvements in the health of women and the outcomes of pregnancy.

Strengthening Research in Academic OB/GYN Departments determines whether such departments are capable of fulfilling this promise. The committee finds that these departments have a poor track record in their ability to compete for research funds and in the extent to which their faculty contribute to research. Adding to the problem are factors that deter OB/GYNs from a research career and a dearth of dynamic research leaders in the profession.

The volume explores reasons for this situation and makes recommendations to counteract them. Also included is an agenda of needed research.

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