Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstruction Surgery Fellowship Education
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.
By program completion, graduates are able to demonstrate complete anatomical knowledge of the female pelvis and mastery of surgical and non-surgical treatments for pelvic floor disorders.
Master’s Degree Integration
Additionally, all female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery fellows will complete a master’s degree in one of the following areas:
- Clinical research (department preference)
- Medical economics
- Medical ethics
- Business administration (MBA)
- Public health (MPH)
- Health services research (MHSR)
Fellows will perform inpatient and outpatient teaching duties within University Hospitals 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 the following:
- Annual visits
- Initial history and physical examination
- Physical therapy follow-ups
- Pre- and post-operative care
Fellows will partake in three off-service experiences in colorectal surgery, neurology and multidisciplinary pelvic pain clinic to maximize complementary learning experiences. Trainees will gain and expand their skills in the following areas:
- Anal ultrasound and manometry (colorectal surgery rotation)
- Electromyographic testing and pelvic nerve testing (neurology rotation)
- Pain management (multidisciplinary 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.
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.
Each female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery 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.
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 the completion of the program, fellows have significant autonomy and clinical care responsibilities.
Every three months, evaluations will be utilized for fellows, attending physicians, and residents. This enables constructive feedback on all members of the female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery team.