Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
Description: The Washington University fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery is an ACGME-accredited three-year program for individuals who have completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology or urology at an ACGME-approved program. The ideal candidate for this program has a strong interest in pursuing a career in academic urogynecology, to include excellence and leadership in education, research and patient care.
The curriculum is designed to provide board training and experience in clinical care and research for women with pelvic floor disorders. Clinical rotations include in-patient and outpatient urogynecology, urology, gastroenterology, colorectal surgery, pelvic floor physical therapy, and geriatrics. Both surgical and non-surgical approaches to treatment are emphasized. Fellows develop surgical expertise which includes abdominal, vaginal and laparoscopic/robotic approaches to pelvic floor disorders. Certificate of Science in Clinical Research degree is available. Masters in Clinical Research may be available.
The primary goal of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital FPMRS fellowship is to provide fellows with advanced training and experience in the clinical care of women with pelvic floor disorders and in the theoretical and practical aspects of basic science, translation and clinic research.
The fellowship program consists of:
- 18 months of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery
- 2 months of female urology
- 1 month of colorectal surgery
- 1 month of physical therapy
- 2 weeks gastroenterology
- 2 weeks geriatrics
- 12 months of research (protected)
The fellows’ clinic experience will allow them to provide high quality care to women and consultative services to processional colleagues regarding pelvic floor disorders. Their research experience will enable them to contribute to the advancement of the field, pursue independent research careers and to service as research mentor to others.
The Divisions of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery and Public Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine are seeking applications for a T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship (MD-clinical/research track, PhD-research track) in Clinical Outcomes Research Training in Female Lower Urinary Tract Disorders. MD and PhD fellows will be trained together with the goal of fostering MD & PhD collaboration in the field. Interested MD applicants should plan to apply to both the FPMRS Fellowship and the T32 Fellowship. More info here
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (18 mos.)
FPMRS rotations involve both four-week dedicated rotations on the outpatient and inpatient FPMRS services. Clinical sites for these rotations include Washington University Medical Campus / Barnes-Jewish Hospital, as well as Barnes West County and Missouri Baptist Medical Center.
Female Urology (2 mos.)
The Urology rotation is a dedicated four-week rotation during which fellows work in both the outpatient and in-patient setting with female urology faculty and will be integrated into the urology inpatient team.
Colorectal Surgery (2 weeks)
The colorectal rotation is a dedicated four-week block during which fellows will rotate with faculty members of the Section of Colorectal Surgery in the Department of Surgery. The Colorectal rotation has both in-patient and outpatient components in which the urogynecology fellows will be exposed to the depth and breadth of patients seen and operated on by a busy referral CRS service, participate the anal physiology lab and participate in the COPE conference.
Physical Therapy (2 weeks)
The PT rotation is shared with geriatrics in year one. Fellows will shadow the physical therapists to observe the evaluation and treatment of patients with pelvic floor disorders.
Gastroenterology (2 weeks)
The GI rotation occurs during a four-week outpatient urogynecology block. Fellows gain valuable experience on their gastroenterology rotation in evaluating and non-surgically managing women with irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, dyschezia, fecal incontinence, rectal prolapse and other pelvic floor disorders presenting as posterior compartment conditions. The experience includes exposure to testing for anorectal and defecatory dysfunction including endoanal ultrasound, anal manometry, surface electromyography, single-fiber eletromyography, pudendal nerve testing and defecating proctography. Testing such as endoanal ultrasound, anal manometry and neurophysiologic testing and clinical consultation for selected patients is currently available in the Digestive Disorders Center at Barnes Jewish Hospital and Missouri Baptist Medical Center.
Geriatrics (2 weeks)
Geriatric Medicine is two-week block rotation in the first year. This rotation is designed to expose trainees to numerous aspects of clinical care, education and research methodology for older adults. The trainee will participate in a variety of clinical experiences including outpatient comprehensive geriatric assessment, subspecialty in-patient and outpatient care and primary care in the nursing home setting. It is our hope that this rotation will provide a framework and foundation for their future care of the older adult patient.
Research Training (12 mos.)
Opportunities may be available for candidates to pursue a certificate or master’s degree in clinical research through the Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences during fellowship training.
Didactic training in clinical outcomes research methodology & full range of female lower urinary tract disorders. The FPMRS fellows participate in the following educational conferences, seminars and lectures weekly:
- Fellow Conference also includes:
- quality improvement seminars
- research in progress seminars
- journal club
- comprehensive Urogynecology topics
- OB/GYN Grand Rounds
- COPE (Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Floor Disorders)
Gastroenterology: Prakash Gyawali, MD
Colorectal: Radhika Smith, MD
Pelvic Floor PT: Tracy Spitznagle, PT, DPT, WCS
Geriatrics: Ellen Binder, MD
Research: Siobhan Sutcliffe, PhD, ScM, MHS; Indira Mysorekar, PhD
Program Director: Chiara Ghetti, MD, MSC
Interim Fellowship Coordinator: Frances Copeland
660 S. Euclid, Mailstop 8064-37-905
St. Louis, MO 63110
|Haidy Morsy, MD
Began Fellowship 7.1.2019
|Kimberley Chiu, MD
Began Fellowship 7.1.2020
Complete application in ERAS »
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (OB/GYN)
- Personal Statement including description of research experience and interests, career goals, and rationale for pursuing formal mentored training in clinical outcomes research for female lower urinary tract disorders.
- Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
- Medical school transcript
- UMSLE Step 1 and Step 2
- Three letters of recommendation (one of which is from residency director)