Fellows in this program rotate off service two months in the year. This includes urogynecology/urology and general surgery rotations. 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 also be part of the annual curriculum.
Teaching responsibilities for fellows include making one grand rounds presentation per year, assisting with the gynecologic surgical conferences for 40 OB-GYN residents and 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. Each fellow has one to one and a half 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 Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and a gynecologic referral clinic at the VA Medical Center. Fellows have approximately three surgical 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 department’s resident/fellow research day and at the annual American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) or American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) meetings of the fellow’s research project is a requirement of the fellowship. Publication is required for graduation.