As per ABOG requirement, half of our fellowship training period is devoted to research; the clinical rotations are generally divided into multiple one-, two-, or three-month blocks. The fellows’ research training includes developing speaking and writing skills, guidance in hypothesis generation, and study design and data analysis, in addition to performing the research itself. The experience is designed to assist the fellows in launching an independent, investigative career.

Fellows are expected to apply to the UW ERP Graduate Program, present their credentials, qualify, and become accepted into the UW ERP Graduate Program. Through the UW ERP Graduate Program and during their MFM fellowship, fellows earn a Master of Science degree in Endocrinology-Reproductive Physiology, after defending their thesis. Fellows have the option of pursuing additional research training with their mentor and prepare and defend a thesis to qualify for being awarded a PhD degree through the graduate program, which takes an additional two years beyond the three-year fellowship. Candidates are advised to access the UW ERP Graduate Program and the UW Graduate School websites.


The UW Division of Reproductive Sciences has many faculty who are nationally funded and internationally recognized for their contributions to research, primarily in perinatal biology. The PhD investigators who actively participate in the training of fellows include: Drs. Ian Bird, Ted Golos, David Abbott, Manish Patankar and Jing Zheng. In addition, we have an Associate Scientist, Fu-Xian Yi MD PhD, who has experience in training graduate students and is available to provide specialized technical expertise in the laboratory for the MFM fellows. Dr. Shah conducts translational research under the aegis of these laboratories, as well.