The WRHR Program was initiated in 1998 to provide the opportunity for obstetricians/gynecologists (OBs/GYNs) who recently completed postgraduate clinical training to further their education and experience in basic, translational, and clinical research. Program sites provide obstetrics and gynecology departments with an opportunity to create a talented pool of junior investigators with expertise in women's health research. The WRHR Program is funded by the NICHD, through its Gynecology Health and Disease Branch (GHDB), and the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health using the NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Program Award (K12) mechanism.
There are 17 active WRHR sites in departments of obstetrics and gynecology throughout the nation. The primary goal of these sites is to provide OB/GYN junior faculty with state of the art training in women’s reproductive health research in an academic setting and to increase the research capacity of clinically trained OBs/GYNs. WRHR scholars represent a diverse group of physician-scientists from several subspecialties and emerging areas in obstetrics and gynecology; they pursue a broad range of basic science, translational, and clinical research topics and are often appointed to faculty positions. As of May 2013, 215 OB/GYN junior faculty have been appointed to the WRHR Program.
The scope of the WRHR Program encompasses all areas of obstetrics and gynecology research. The focus is on scientific topics relevant to general obstetrics and gynecology and/or its subspecialties: maternal and fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (urogynecology). Related fields such as perimenopause and adolescent gynecology are also of interest. Senior investigators from established research programs, which address a broad range of basic and applied biomedical and biobehavioral science, in obstetrics and gynecology and collaborating departments form an intellectual and technical research base for mentoring WRHR scholars.
Current sites are not recruiting scholars.