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Curriculum

The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship curriculum provides traditional and nontraditional training activities in a variety of clinical and classroom settings and instructional formats.

Curriculum Components

  • Didactic Program
  • Simulation Program
  • American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, or AAGL, Video Curriculum

Over the course of the program, trainees participate in weekly didactic sessions. Reading material on a clinical topic is assigned to the trainees and is supervised by faculty. Particular attention is given to areas of controversy and new research. Assignments include the AAGL core reading articles. Discussion topics closely follow the AAGL educational objectives and reference the most recent literature and/or textbooks, including but not limited to the AAGL reading list.

Women’s Health and Fellowship Didactic Series

Each Thursday morning, fellows participate in five hours of protected departmental and subspecialty learning. Trainees attend 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 minimally invasive gynecologic surgery topics, 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 three months of protected research time throughout the two-year program, with monthly research meetings. The remaining 21 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

  • 8 months MIGS
  • 1 month ONC
  • 2 months Research
  • 1 month Colorectal Surgery

Year 2

  • 6 months MIGS
  • 1 month ONC
  • 1 month Research
  • 1 month Colorectal Surgery
  • 1 month FMPRS
  • 1 month REI
  • 1 elective month