The educational objectives of the female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellowship program are accomplished through an appropriate blend of supervised patient care responsibilities, clinical teaching and didactic conferences. The program does not rely on fellows to fulfill non-physician service, moonlighting, or general obstetrics and gynecology night call to cover salaries.
Of the 36 months of training, 24 months are devoted to female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. According to the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellows who were trained in OB-GYN are required to have at least 12 months of research completed in 12 one-month blocks with no more than four hours per week (averaged over four weeks) spent in non-research activities. This includes all non-research related clinical activities. Therefore, each fellow has eight months of clinical service and four months of research time for each of three consecutive academic years as outlined in the table below.
The female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellowship training program includes regularly scheduled journal clubs, case/urodynamic/surgical video seminars, didactic lectures and morbidity/mortality conferences consistent with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) program requirements as follows.
|1||Friday||Didactic Lecture PGY5||PGY5 is responsible for a PowerPoint presentation of 11 of the 22 learning objectives outlined in the ABOG Guide to Learning for FPMRS. Therefore the entire guide is covered by didactic lectures as part of the curricula over a two-year cycle.|
|2||Friday||Case/ Urodyn /Video||Interesting patient cases, urodynamic or cystoscopic evaluations are reviewed to supplement didactic education. Surgical videos are reviewed to expand the breadth of experience guided by ACGME general competencies.|
|3||Friday||Research Meeting||Forum for discussion of new, innovative research ideas, progress reports for ongoing industry and investigator initiated research projects and advisory consultations for research design, IRB submission, and data collection/analysis.|
|4||Friday||Journal Club||Each fellow is responsible for the scientific review and evaluation of a published FPMRS specific peer review journal article chosen by the program director.|
|5||Friday||Morbidity/Mortality||Review patient cases associated with complications related primarily to surgical intervention.|
The fellowship program allocates adequate educational resources to facilitate fellows’ involvement in scholarly activity. According to ACGME program requirements for the female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellowship, each fellow, under the direction of a faculty mentor, must complete a comprehensive written scholarly paper or quality improvement project (thesis) during the program that demonstrates utilization of advanced research methodology and techniques, including research design and quantitative analysis, collection and statistical analysis of information obtained from a structured basic laboratory and/or clinical research setting and synthesis of the scientific literature, hypothesis testing and description of findings and results. Each PGY 7 fellow must give an oral presentation of an original scholarly project (thesis), which is formally assessed by the faculty.
According to the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Bulletin for Subspecialty Certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, documentation of publication or acceptance for publication by a referred journal must be submitted with the thesis to meet the requirements for application to the oral board examination. Publication or acceptance of a thesis for publication by a refereed journal does not guarantee acceptance of the thesis for the oral examination.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is committed to developing well-educated clinical investigators with knowledge of the basic principles of research, including how research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients and applied to patient care. This knowledge is developed by each fellow’s participation in the Clinical Investigation and Translational Education (CITE) Program in anticipation of graduation with a Master of Science in Clinical Research degree. Coursework begins in the PGY 6 year.
This program also has clinical and laboratory research facilities equipped to allow fellows to engage in scholarly activities of their choosing.
|Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (ICTSI)||Indianapolis||Indiana CTSI is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) and state-funded collaboration between IU School of Medicine, Purdue University and University of Notre Dame to facilitate the translation of scientific discoveries in the lab into clinical trials and new patient treatments.|
|Regenstrief Institute||Indianapolis||Regenstrief is an internationally respected informatics and healthcare research organization affiliated with IU School of Medicine, recognized for its role in improving quality of care, increasing efficiency of healthcare delivery, preventing medical errors and enhancing patient safety.|
|Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction||Bloomington||The Kinsey Institute promotes interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the fields of human sex, gender and reproduction.|
|Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering – Engineered Biomaterials and Tissue Systems||West Lafayette||Engineered biomaterial research focuses on a wide range of natural and synthetic components that might be used to design novel devices to replace diseased or damaged tissues or create artificial joints. Tissue engineering research focuses on techniques to provide replacement tissues and/or the construction of scaffolds that can allow the body to heal itself.|
Faculty and fellows in this program publish their research findings in various journals and reviews. Below is a listing of past publications from 2013-2018.