Education Program

Our Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship educational program comprises teaching duties, off-service rotations, ambulatory and operating room supervision, research, lectures/presentations and conferences/workshops, and more.

Teaching Duties

Fellows will perform inpatient and outpatient teaching duties within the UH Urology Institute's Pelvic Pain Center and Female Pelvic Medicine and Surgery Center, as well as the Female Pelvic Surgery Clinic at MetroHealth Medical Center. During each rotation, trainees will serve as the primary surgeon or first assistant for all cases performed by the designated attending physician. As leader of the inpatient care team, fellows will supervise residents and medical students during daily work rounds. In the outpatient setting, fellows will participate in all aspects of patient care, including initial history and physical examination, counseling, pre- and post-operative care, medication, physical therapy follow-ups, and annual visits.

Off-Service Rotations

Fellows will partake in three off-service experiences in colorectal surgery, neurology and multi-disciplinary pelvic pain clinic to maximize complimentary learning experiences. Trainees will gain and expand their skills in anal ultrasound and manometry (colorectal surgery rotation), electromyographic testing and pelvic nerve testing (neurology rotation), and pain management (multi-disciplinary pelvic pain clinic).

Ambulatory and Operating Room Supervision

Fellows are assigned to one of three attending services for a three-month block. Each week, trainees will spend at least one OR day and one clinic day with each attending. During this time, our fellows receive one-on-one supervision from their assigned attending.

Research Program

Education and intellectual growth are imperative to our fellowship program. Therefore, the fifth day of each week is devoted to research and/or education time. Learn more about our FPMRS research program.

Lectures/Presentations

Each FPMRS fellow will give four to six lectures throughout the year on a topic selected from the Guide to Learning in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. This exercise aids fellows with public speaking at scientific meetings, and assists in their development as educators within their communities.

Progressive Responsibility

We view the fellowship experience as a transformative process. Fellows begin with one-on-one instruction and close monitoring by faculty, with a focus on acquiring basic knowledge and skills. As the fellowship progresses, senior fellows mentor junior fellows, residents and medical students. By completion of the program, fellows have significant autonomy and clinical care responsibilities.

Evaluations

Every three months, 360-degree evaluations will be utilized for fellows, attending physicians, nurse practitioners and residents. This enables constructive feedback on all members of the FPMRS team.

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