The Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology continues to use research to enhance patient care. That effort is highlighted by research projects presented at the department's Annual Resident Research Day "Bunkley Day". In the Ob/Gyn Department we have been tracking publications in a uniform manner for several years.
The department's Annual Resident Research Day was named after Dr. Thelbert F. Bunkley, the first head of the Department of Obstetrics and Pediatrics at Scott & White Memorial Hospital from 1936 until 1953. He was chief physican for the Santa Fe Railroad from 1951 to 1953, a founding and life-fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and past president (1943) of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
The T.F. Bunkley Lectureship was established in 1960 by Dr. and Mrs. Wayne F. Baden of Salado, and is dedicated to furthering resident and student education in obstetrics and gynecology and to providing continuing medical education to OB/GYN specialists in the Central Texas area.
In 1988, events on the day of the Bunkley Lecture were expanded to include the presentation of original research and interesting cases by residents of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
In 1991, the activities associated with "Bunkley Day" were once again expanded to include an Alumni Conference that continues to provide an annual opportunity for alumni and friends of the department to gather and exchange information. The Baker Society was then formed to continue the traditions of this portion of the program.
The Baker Society was named for Dr. Dudley P. Baker, who took over the reins of the department and continued the tradition of the Bunkley Lectureship. Over the course of two decades, he and his partners nourished and expanded the department's educational, clinical and research programs.
These proceedings are dedicated to Dr. Bunkley, who planted the seed that has grown into the tree that is our department. This dedication would not be complete without acknowledging the contributions of Dr. Bunkley's successors as departmental chair: Dr. Wayne Baden, Dr. Al Knight and Dr. Dudley Baker. Together they and their partners have nourished and tended our departmental tree from a seedling to a mature shade tree.
All of Central Texas has benefited, and the branches of this tree now extend well beyond the boundaries of Texas. T. F. Bunkley would be most proud that while all these developments have occurred in association with the day named in his honor, personalized, comprehensive, high quality patient care has remained the number one priority of our department.