Education

The members of the Division of Reproductive Sciences (DRS) conduct translational or basic research with medical students, residents, clinical fellows or pre– and post–doctoral research fellows. To facilitate professional training and learning opportunities the DRS offers several programs that are designed to meet the needs and interests of all members. Areas of special emphasis includes reproductive immunology, oncology, hemostasis, angiogenesis, and neurophysiology, as well as fertility preservation and restoration, predicting and preventing pregnancy complications, developing novel contraceptives, and studies in reproductive endocrinology.

Clinical Information

Students, physicians, and other trainees who come to the Department to participate in research often ask if they can observe in the clinical setting. The Hospital has special policies in place for all people in the clinical setting. Observers may observe for a total of 3 days; they must register with the YNHH Volunteer Office, designate who their clinical attending supervisor will be, complete all required online training including patient privacy and infection control, and provide evidence of required immunizations. The observer must remain with their supervising attending while in the clinical setting, and they must maintain an observational status only. They should not participate in interviews, physical examination, or procedures. Observers do not have malpractice coverage in the clinical setting.

For an experience of longer duration:

Medical students may formally apply to do clinical electives for credit of one month duration each through Yale School of Medicine

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Domestic: Contact VSAS Coordinator, Lorraine Roseman

International: Contact Nickia Corley Residents from select partner institutions may apply to do visiting rotations for credit through the House Staff Office and appropriate department

OB/GYN: Contact Patti Johnson, and physicians may apply for one month observerships through the Department of OB/GYN and Physician Services (Medical Staff Office)

The Division of Reproductive Sciences engages in, oversees and provides support to clinical research endeavors across the disciplines within the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Gynecologic Oncology, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Reproductive Endocrinology). The department has an active clinical research portfolio with various faculty, research associates, fellows and resident’s being engaged in a broad array of clinical projects that range from intervention clinical trials, to observational and translational studies. A recent initiative at establishing a biological sample repository offers particularly exciting opportunities for clinical research. Opportunities for engaging in global research experience are additionally available, and the division offers guidance and support in facilitating procurement of institutional approvals that are requisite for the conduct of clinical research.


Lubna Pal, MBBS, MRCOG (UK), MSc. Dr. Pal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences. She is the Director of Program for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Program for Menopause at Yale Reproductive Endocrinology. In addition to a busy clinical practice that focuses on the breadth of reproductive endocrinology including infertility, menstrual abnormalities, hormonal imbalance, polycystic ovary syndrome, and issues of reproductive aging including menopause and skeletal health, Dr. Pal has an active clinical research portfolio. Some of the ongoing clinical research projects that Dr. Pal is spearheading within the department include: 1) Understanding relevance of vitamin D for reproductive biology and fertility treatment success; 2) Study of endometrial effects of metformin in women with polycystic ovary syndrome; 3) Understanding population perspective and awareness regarding efficacy and acceptability of HPV vaccination in the Pakistani community; 4) Ecological determinants of fertility treatment success; 6) Study of a relationship between two distinct aging related physical phenomenon - skin wrinkling and bone mass loss.

As the Associate Director of Education for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Dr. Pal has a particular interest in teaching and has mentored a broad range of trainees that have ranged from high school students, to undergraduates, to medical students, residents and fellows. As visiting faculty at the Dow University of Health Sciences in Karachi, Pakistan, she additionally serves as a resource for Pakistani postgraduates, clinicians and researchers working in the field of Women’s Health. Dr. Pal is a recipient of multiple awards for clinical excellence, teaching and for clinical research, has published in numerous scientific journals, is on the editorial board of reputable peer review journals in the field and is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in the field of reproductive health.

Division of Reproductive Sciences Seminars

The Division of Reproductive Sciences Seminars are held on Tuesday afternoons, between 12:00pm – 1:00pm, in Conference Room FMB340, Cedar Street. To see the details of the upcoming Seminars, please visit the Department’s web calendar.

2016 Seminars:

  • January 13, 2016 
    Speaker, Philip Sarrel, MD; Host, Gil Mor, MD, PhD, MSc   
    Seminar Title: Rethinking Estradiol: Clinical Issues and Research Opportunities
  • February 17, 2016 
    Speaker, Mala S. Mahendroo, PhD; Host, Vikki Abrahams, PhD   
    Seminar Title: Infection-Mediated Pre-Term Birth and the Role of Cervical Hyaluronan in Protection
  • March 16, 2016 
    No Seminar 
  • April 6, 2016
    No Seminar     
  • May 11, 2016
    Speaker, Anthony Van del Pol, PhD; Host, Gil Mor, MD, PhD, MSc  
    Seminar Title: Overview: CNS Regulation of Lactation and GnRH; Zika and CMV; Oncolytic Viruses Target Brain & Ovarian Cancer
  • June 15, 2016
    Cancelled  
  • July 13, 2016- Lecture Location: Brady Aud/BML 131 
    Speaker, Hal Behrman Lecture, Robert Taylor, MD, PhD; Host, Shannon Whirledge, MD   
    Seminar Title: Mind the Gap: How does Endometriosis influence Embryonic Implantation?
  • August 3, 2016  
    Speaker, Chuck Wira, PhD; Host, Shannon Whirledge, MD   
    Seminar Title: Sex Hormone Regulation of Innate Immunity in the Female Reproductive Tract
  • September 14, 2016- Lecture Location: Brady Aud/BML 131 
    Speaker, Ellen Read Leeds Sturges Lecture, Elise Kohn, MD
    Seminar Title: Gynelogical Cancers in the 21st Century
  • October 26, 2016
    Speaker, Jean-Ju Chung, PhD; Host, Amanda Kallen, MD
    Seminar Title: Molecular Basis of Sperm Motility Regulation in Mammalian Fertilization  
  • November 16, 2016  
    No Seminar 
  • December 14, 2016
    Speaker, Lawrence Chamley, PhD; Host, Vikki Abrahams, PhD 
    Seminar Title: Extracellular Vesicles & Antiphospholipid Antibodies: A Dangerous Combination for Preeclampsia"

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