The MedStar Health—Washington Hospital Center Fellowship Program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
While there are many excellent FPMRS programs, few can provide the diverse, high-volume surgical experience you will obtain at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Female urology is directly integrated into our normal rotations and we train both urology and OB/GYN residents in FPMRS.Fellows have a high volume, diverse, minimally invasive surgical training experience. They will be adept at vaginal, laparoscopic, and robotic procedures and gain experience with new technologies. They will also have the opportunity to operate with MIGS faculty and become comfortable treating severe endometriosis cases.
The National Center for Advanced Pelvic Surgery (NCAPS) includes 5 fellowship-trained, board-certified FPMRS faculty (including one female urologist) and three fellowship-trained MIGS faculty.
Fellows also have the opportunity to travel to Rwanda as part of an established, culturally competent, educational fistula mission.
Why train here
Graduating fellows will have completed an educational curriculum that prepares them for oral and written board certification with a 100% pass rate. They are highly sought after for competitive FPMRS academic positions because of their ability to perform all surgical modalities, as well as their strong research and teaching skills.
MedStar has a state-of-the-art simulation center, SiTEL, where fellows can practice laparoscopic suturing skills and do informed consent simulations with standardized patients for prolapse and stress incontinence surgery. Fellows assist in teaching the residents pelvic anatomy.
There is also an additional opportunity to develop new educational simulations, as well as to teach cystoscopy, hysteroscopy, vaginal hysterectomy, or fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery.
Fellows typically rotate on a busy service with two or three FPMRS surgeons during their clinical urogynecology and female urology rotations.
- Female urology is directly integrated into the curriculum; we have a track record of training both urology and OB/GYN residents.
- Urologists doing a two-year fellowship program have six months of protected research time plus another six months integrated into clinical rotations (1.5 days per week of research time).
- OB/GYN trained fellows rotate with colorectal surgery for a month in their first year, as well as the MIGS service for two-three months in their first year.
There are many opportunities to participate in combined FPMRS colorectal surgery cases throughout training.
Fellows also learn to use technologies such as the fractional CO2 laser and participate in multicenter trials using novel surgical devices.
Fellows have a total of 12 months of protected research time, with one-month blocks that are typically spread out through their three years (two months in year one, six months in year two and four months in year three).
Interested in applying?
If you have questions or would like further information about our program, please contact:
Academic Program Coordinator