To honor their parents, Leslie Turner, Fritz Corrigan, and Nancy Woodrow have endowed a fund for resident research and education in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health.
Born and raised in Minnesota, the three siblings have seen how the state has benefited from the University of Minnesota’s many areas of expertise. With their gifts to the Fritz and Mary Corrigan Resident Research Fund, they hope to help the University share that expertise and spirit of innovation with the next generation of obstetricians and gynecologists.
“Our parents were strong supporters of the University of Minnesota, and our family is especially interested in women’s health issues,” Turner says. “By supporting resident research, we believe we can ultimately make a difference in women’s lives.”
The Corrigan Fund supports resident research projects and costs associated with attending conferences to present that research. Since the fund’s creation in 1999, Turner, Corrigan, and Woodrow have contributed a total of $250,000 to it.
So far, that funding has supported 34 resident research projects on a wide range of topics, including treatments for low libido during menopause, preferences in Down syndrome screening, smoking cessation programs for women with cervical dysplasia, compliance with Pap smear recommendations, and controlled ovarian hyperstimulation and multiple pregnancy outcomes.
Several residents have presented their work at the department’s annual Resident Research Day and at Center of Excellence conferences hosted by the University’s Deborah E. Powell Center for Women’s Health.
“We want all of our residents to become familiar with research so that they will appreciate it and more critically read articles that affect the care they give to patients,” says Phillip Rauk, M.D., director of the department’s residency program. “The Corrigan Fund has allowed our residents to pursue independent research projects. They’re more excited about the projects when they design them themselves and have the resources to carry them out.”