Banner Good Samaritan OB/GYN Residency  

Research Opportunities


It is an axiom in academic medicine that strong departments with excellent residencies have a substantive research program. The Banner Good Samaritan OB/GYN residency program emphasizes academic excellence throughout the training experience, offering a learning environment that balances the personal and professional needs of our residents.

Our attending staff is dedicated to coordinating the highest standard of clinical care, an outstanding teaching environment, professional growth, as well as being committed to advancing medical knowledge through research and education. It is our belief that educating future physicians in our Graduate Medical Education program furthers our mission of improving the physical and emotional health of the individuals and communities we serve by making a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and its subsequent representative, the Residency Review Committee (RRC), require scholarly activity as a specific requirement of faculty and residents. Scholarly activity, broadly defined, includes local, regional and national presentations, participating in educational activities outside your institution, particularly in the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) or Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG).

Also required is activity in clinical or basic science research resulting in publications. Lack of scholarly activity is one of the more frequent citations of non-compliance by the RRC for both traditional university programs as well as community academic medical centers.

Our highly successful 2011 site visit with five years of accreditation, no citations and commendation for our organizational approach and innovation was in no small part due to our excellent research program. In contrast to many residencies where there may be insufficient resources to help meet this requirement, this department under the guidance of Dr. Mike Foley and his designee Dr. Mattox, provide a wealth of ideas and mentors, as well as financial resources to satisfactorily complete the requirement of completing a research project for graduation. In addition to our faculty, the Graduate Medical Education Office of Research provides guidance and support.

Scholarly activity may be divided into a large-scale research project which requires Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, or residents may complete a Quality Improvement (QI) project. QI projects are reviewed by the Research Determination Committee (RDC). Selected case reports with an extensive literature review will also satisfy the requirement.

Beginning the academic year 2014-15, the department has generated a Scholarship Committee which will oversee scholarly activity. The resident research experience culminates with presentations and awards at two resident research days which are held in the final year of residency. While the faculty considered this a very important part of this program they are also committed to making the entire process interesting and fulfilling for our house staff.

Do you have a question? 

Pam Thompson, MSN~L, RN CCRC Facility Research Director (602) 839-5678
John Mattox, MD Research Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology Dept. (480) 338-8290
Sandi Doty Administrative Assistant, Obstetrics and Gynecology Dept. (602) 839-3832


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Banner Good Samaritan OB/GYN Residency
1111 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
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