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UrogynCREST Program

The NIH/NICHD funded AUGS/DUKE Urogynecology Clinical Research Educational Scientist Training (UrogynCREST) program offers junior faculty (less than 7 years out of fellowship) with a passion for research the chance to increase their knowledge of data science and analytics as well as develop a project that can be the basis of future research grants. This program aims to provide in-depth hands-on instruction for promising young clinical-researchers in the field of PFDs through a combination of online course work in data sciences and one-on-one instruction to design and complete an innovative research project.

The UrogynCREST program has three components. In the first part, participants use the online learning platform Sakai to learn from national data science experts about such topics as dissemination and implementation of research, economic and psychometric analysis, decision-analytic modeling, multivariable inferential statistics, propensity score matching, resampling methods in machine learning, and proficiency with R analysis among others.

In the second part, participants work one-on-one with a clinical mentor and a dedicated statistician/statistical programmer to design and execute a research proposal in PFDs. Ongoing interaction with the clinical mentor will ensure that projects adhere to the highest standards of scientific validity and remain on track.

Participants will have a chance to present their work in the third part of the program as well as prepare a manuscript. Networking among participants will also be encouraged throughout the program so that at the conclusion, participants have connections to facilitate multi-center studies and collaboration on grant applications.


The UrogynCrest Advisory Committee has selected six enthusiastic and capable individuals from various institutions for the 2019  inaugural program year.  The Committee had a very challenging task reviewing a very strong group of Junior Faculty applicants interested in pursuing additional education and training to conduct Health Services Research (the focus of this program). Thank you to all the applied, and we look forward to the next round of applicants in Fall 2020.

Emi Bretschneider, MD
Megan Bradley, MD
Lauren Cadish, MD
David Sheyn, MD
Candice Parker-Autry, MD
Lee Richter, MD

Advisory Board

David Rahn, MD
Raymond Foster, MD
Anne Suskind, MD, MS
W. Stuart Reynolds, MD, MPH
Leslee Subak, MD
Leslie Rickey, MD, MPH


Jennifer Anger MD, MPH
W.Thomas Gregory MD
Victoria Handa, MD, MPH
John E. Jelovsek, MD, MMEd, MSPA
Jerry Lowder MD, MSc
Charles Scales MD, MSHS
Vivian Sung, MD, MPH
Jonathan Routh MD, MPH
Jennifer Wu MD, MPH

Program Administration

Program Director
Cindy Amundsen, MD -

Program Coordinator 
Rebecca Kameny, PhD -

AUGS Coordinator
Amina Edmond -