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Fellowship Training

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers two fellowship training programs for subspecialty training: Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship and the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery fellowship.

Fellowship Training

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers two fellowship training programs for subspecialty training: Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship and the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery fellowship.

Among the program’s educational objectives, this fellowship trains Ob/Gyn physicians to serve as a professional healthcare advocate for all pregnant women and function as a collaborative consultant to general Ob/Gyn and other healthcare providers in the management of complicated pregnancies. After completing this training, physicians are prepared to demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in performing and interpreting prenatal extensive ultrasound as well as fetal diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and to practice evidence-based medicine in provision of maternal-fetal medicine care using knowledge of maternal physiology, pathophysiology, and review of the most current medical literature. Program participants acquire the skills to be an experienced educator for learners from all walks of life and develop a commitment to lifelong learning. The fellowship curriculum fulfills the graduate degree requirements for a Masters in Clinical or Translational Research in the CITE program and helps physicians gain an appreciation for the role that translational research plays in perinatal medicine.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellows gain experience in PUBS with IUT and other fetal interventional procedures as well as CVS and amniocentesis training. A Global Health elective in Infectious Disease is available at the IU School of Medicine’s sister institution in Kenya, and a Pediatric Genetics rotation is available at Riley Children’s Hospital. Fellows complete a fetal echocardiography rotation with skilled Riley Pediatric Cardiologists, and they can earn a Masters or Certificate in Clinical or Translational Research Centering Pregnancy.

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship

The fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine is a two-year comprehensive multidisciplinary program that produces a competent, well-rounded, advanced gynecologic endoscopist who may pursue a career in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS) in many different capacities. Surgical caseload ranges from office-based hysteroscopy to advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery.

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery fellows work side by side with the MIGS faculty in the office and operating room in multiple settings (academia, private practice, county hospital, and VA Medical Center). Fellows participate in the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care of patients and experience ongoing supervision by the MIGS faculty during the clinical months with a graduated level of responsibility as training advances. By the completion of the program, the fellow is a competent advanced MIGS specialist capable of operating independently and acting in a consultant role.

Fellowship Curriculum

Fellows in this program rotate off service two months in the year. This includes urogynecology and general surgery rotations in the first year. In the second year, the fellow may elect to pursue a rotation in global health as available. Fellows also have the opportunity to train in a state-of-the-art simulation center on the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus utilizing virtual reality simulators. Cadaveric dissections as well as a porcine lab will be part of the annual curriculum.

Teaching responsibilities for fellows include one Grand Rounds presentation per year, assisting with the gynecologic surgical conferences for our forty Ob/Gyn residents, assisting with the training of practitioners interested in learning new MIGS techniques (second year only).

The fellow has a junior faculty appointment within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of IU School of Medicine. Each Fellow has 1.0-1.5 days per week assigned to outpatient clinical responsibilities of which one half day will be their own continuity clinic. The second half day alternates weekly between a MIGS resident referral clinic at our county hospital and a gynecologic referral clinic at the VA Medical Center. Fellows have approximately three surgery days per week. One half day per week is allowed for research and administrative duties. The remaining half day is split between didactics and assisting with resident education. There are three Ob/Gyn night calls per month.

Each fellow is mentored by the MIGS faculty who directly supervises the fellow’s research projects. Each fellow is expected to complete at least two research projects during the fellowship. A presentation at the Resident/Fellow Research Day and at the annual AAGL or ASRM meeting of the fellows’ research project is a requirement of the fellowship. Publication will be required for graduation.