The Department of OB/GYN at Washington University School of Medicine historically has made significant contributions in the field of Reproductive Science. Former Chairman Dr. Willard Allen was the first to identify and describe progesterone and its production by the ovarian corpus luteum at the beginning of the last century. His purification and initial studies with progesterone, paved the way for further physiological studies on the steroid biochemistry and structure of the sex steroids, much of which was conducted in this department. The original mission of our department, to combine clinical teaching and biomedical research, is carried on today by our current Chairman, Dr. George Macones. The mission of our Basic Science Division lead by Dr. Kelle Moley is to continue to investigate cutting edge science in reproductive biology and to train highly qualified scientists in OB/GYN and Reproductive Science.
INSTITUTION AND PROGRAM TRAINING ENVIRONMENT
Washington University in St. Louis, founded in 1853, is a research-driven, academic university equally dedicated to undergraduate, graduate and professional study. Eighteen Nobel laureates have been associated with the university. As reported in US News & World Report this year, Washington University in St. Louis ranks in the nation’s top ten universities as judged by the following criteria: amount of federal funding received for research; the proportion of faculty members serving as advisor's to governmental agencies and policy-making bodies; the volume of faculty publications and creative works; and the number of faculty members holding positions on editorial boards of professional journals.
Washington University School of Medicine (WUMS) is ranked the third best medical school in the United States of America as reported in US News & World Report. Seventeen Nobel laureates have been associated with WUMS and 14 members of the faculty are also members of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. WUMS has a longstanding commitment and an excellent history in the training of investigators in basic sciences and clinical sciences. In addition to a top ranked Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) and a Masters/MD program, WUMS also offers numerous opportunities for postdoctoral fellows. These include both studies in clinical and basic bench science research. An Office of Post Graduate Affairs recent was founded to support the growing population of trainees.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has 38 full-time faculty and 9 faculty holding joint appointments from six different departments. The Department has 13 clinical fellowship postdoctoral MD trainees, six of whom are conducting basic science related projects. Among the Faculty participating in the Basic Science Research Division, there are over 20 postdoctoral fellows in basic bench science research and on average 10 pre-doctoral students including undergraduate and graduate level students. All the participating faculty members hold NIH funding as well as private institutional fund from such organizations as the March of Dimes, American Diabetes Association, the American Cancer Society and many others. Drs. Moley and Boime are Co-PIs on a T32 grant entitled “Training in the Reproductive Sciences.” PhD postdoctoral fellows with US citizenship or residency are eligible to apply. Clinical fellows within the OB/GYN department as well as from other departments also participate in Basic and Translational Research within this division.