Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR)

The goal of the University of Michigan WRHR Career Development Program is to “Fast Forward” the number and effectiveness of obstetrics/gynecology scientists through a departmental-based, multidisciplinary junior faculty development program. We capitalize on the research investments and expertise of the University of Michigan and train junior faculty in research areas most likely to lead to significant breakthroughs in women’s health. 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. Our WHRH program mentors have research programs that span cutting-edge reproductive biology, pelvic floor medicine, metabolomics, oncology, protein folding diseases, sleep disorders, microbiome, and genetics. 

We train two Ob/Gyn clinician scientists per year for a minimum of two years and up to 5 years. Recruitment and selection 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.

Scholars have 75 percent protected time for research and career development. An individual career development plan is developed by each scholar and his/her 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. All scholars participate in the monthly Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) Research Studio, an interdisciplinary career development training program designed for all scholars in K training programs across the medical center, women’s academic leadership activities, visiting professors, WHRH lab meetings, and other MICHR career development activities. 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.