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Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship

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

Clinical Training

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery fellows work side by side with the minimally invasive gynecologic surgery faculty in the office and operating room in multiple settings, including academia, private practice, a county hospital and a VA Medical Center. Fellows participate in the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care of patients and experience ongoing supervision by the minimally invasive gynecologic surgery faculty during the clinical months with a graduated level of responsibility as training advances. By the completion of this program, fellows are competent advanced minimally invasive gynecologic surgery specialists 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 minimally invasive gynecologic surgery 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 to 1.5 days per week assigned to outpatient clinical responsibilities of which one half day is their own continuity clinic. The second half day alternates weekly between a minimally invasive gynecologic surgery resident referral clinic at the 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 minimally invasive gynecologic surgery faculty at IU School of Medicine who directly supervise 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 is required for graduation.