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Curriculum

The Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship curriculum provides traditional and nontraditional training activities in a variety of clinical and classroom settings and instructional formats.

Curriculum Components

Didactic Program

FPMRS Pre-Op Conference: Fellows attend this weekly conference with program faculty members to focus on planning and discussion for upcoming surgical procedures.

Interprofessional Case Conference: Each Wednesday, fellows attend the pelvic floor disorder case conference at the Women’s Health Institute. Other participants include physical therapists, social workers, registered dietitians, administrators, residents, medical students and physicians who discuss the medical and surgical management of pelvic floor disorders while emphasizing the quality, safety, equity and value of care. The goal of this conference is to enhance patient-reported outcomes and experiences, reduce costs and ensure timely availability of the appropriate resources.

Women’s Health and Fellowship Didactic Series: Each Thursday morning, fellows participate in five hours of protected departmental and subspecialty learning. Trainees attend the Department of Women’s Health Grand Rounds, Gynecologic Pre-Op Conference, Gynecologic Patient Safety Conference and the departmental Journal Club. Fellows also engage in small group interactive discussions on a wide range of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery topics, fellows-as-teachers, FPMRS Journal Club, simulation and research meetings — all facilitated by faculty. In addition, fellows are scheduled for self-directed learning that is protected, autonomous study time tailored to their individual needs.

Clinical Training & Research

Fellows’ rotations are designed and scheduled to optimize their technical and clinical skills and provide the ability to design and conduct a required research project. The program provides 12 months of protected research time throughout the three years, with monthly research meetings. The remaining 24 months are composed of clinical training in which fellows are assigned progressive levels of responsibility for medical and surgical management in the provision of patient-centered care.

Year 1

  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Clinical Training: 9 months
  • Research: 3 months

Year 2

  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Clinical Training: 5 months
  • Research: 5 months
  • Urology: 1 month
  • Colorectal Surgery: 1 month

Year 3

  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Clinical Training: 5 months
  • Research: 4 months
  • Urology: 1 month
  • Colorectal Surgery: 1 month
  • Elective: 1 month