Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
The female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellowship training program is a fully integrated fellowship between the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Urology. The fellowship trains physicians to provide preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for women with pelvic floor disorders, including urinary incontinence, lower urinary tract disorders, pelvic organ prolapse, defecatory dysfunction and childbirth-related injuries. Urology fellows will also gain additional training in complex urinary tract diversion.
This fellowship participates in the National Residency Matching Program and accepts Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) applications.
Fellows interact with patients under the guidance and supervision of obstetrics and gynecology faculty members who provide context to those interactions. Supervision assures the provision of safe and effective care to patients while assuring that each fellow develops the skills, knowledge and attitudes required for proficiency in the six domains of clinical competency required to enter the unsupervised practice of medicine.
As a fellow gains experience and demonstrates growth in an ability to care for patients over the 36 months of training, the training physician assumes roles that permit the application of these skills, knowledge and attitudes with greater independence.
This fellowship program, established in 1988, is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), meaning the fellowship training program and its sponsoring institution meet an accepted set of educational standards.
Clinical Training Facilities
Patient interactions occur at five clinical sites within IU Health as well as at Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. This Marion County facility provides care for patients who are primarily Medicaid recipients who have chosen to receive care through the Eskenazi Health delivery system. This busy service provides third-year fellows opportunities to provide independent subspecialty consultative services to patients with minimal supervision from the attending staff in the operating room or office setting.
Douglass S. Hale, MD
Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Hale is a clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the Medical Director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at IU Health and a practicing urogynecologist at Urogynecology Associates in Indianapolis.