Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
The Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) Fellowship is a three-year subspecialty training program for obstetrics and gynecology physicians and a two- year program for urology physicians who wish to specialize in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery. The program includes 12 months of research. We believe that our program offers unprecedented training opportunities for complex pelvic floor reconstruction given the unusual level of faculty expertise in female urology, urogynecology, and colorectal surgery. In addition, the opportunities for cutting-edge translational research are provided by the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
The FPMRS fellowship program educates knowledgeable genitourinary physician-scientists with the integrity, creativity and technical skills to deliver safe, efficient and effective care to all patients with pelvic floor disorders. Our educational curriculum is designed to enhance independence through mastery of a broad range of diagnostic and surgical techniques with proficiency in continuous quality improvement and team leadership skills. Three board-certified urogynecologists, Drs. Catherine A. Matthews, Candace Y. Parker-Autry, and Samuel S. Lentz, and two urologists, Drs. Gopal H. Badlani and Robert J. Evans, with extensive expertise in female urology serve as the primary faculty.
The primary goals of the fellowship are to:
- Provide advanced, multidisciplinary clinical training in the care of patients with pelvic floor disorders including comprehensive outpatient evaluation and management; ambulatory procedures; complex pelvic floor surgical reconstruction using vaginal, laparoscopic, and robotic-assisted techniques; urinary tract diversion and reconstructive procedures; ureteral injury management; complex urogenital fistulae care; and post-operative care
- Teach primary research methodology to prepare fellows for the pursuit of an academic career within the field
- Provide basic science and clinical research platforms to promote innovative basic science, translational, and clinical trial research opportunities
- Advance postgraduate medical education by involving fellows in the education of medical students and residents
- Produce future leaders in the field of FPMRS
Some specific objectives of our educational program include:
- Acquire a comprehensive mastery of the currently established Female Pelvic health clinical information through didactic conferences, guided self-study and monthly delivery of prepared lectures
- Develop validated clinical decision making skills for urologic, medical, and surgical treatments through observation, mentored participation in clinical care and supervised independent decision making
- Enhance the lifelong learning skills of data acquisition, analysis and interpretation through an understanding of the role of continuous evaluation of the developing medical literature and local prospective clinical outcomes assessment
- Introduce and then reinforce the acquisition of both basic and advanced surgical techniques through repetitive mentored practice, simulation and documentation of appropriate metrics
- Expose individuals to the formal process of scientific inquiry such that cognitive bias may be overcome through the practiced exercise of deep analysis
- Challenge individuals to become medical leaders with reflective writing programs, group discussion and formative feedback and mentored self-evaluations
- Teach research methodology and data analysis skills that would support a career as a physician-scientist
The fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
For more information on the ERAS application process, please visit the AAMC website at: https://www.aamc.org and click on the ERAS prompt.
Note: We are involved in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP). To register for the fellowship matching process, please go to the NRMP web site at www.nrmp.org