The Fellowship in is an AAGL accredited, two-year, post-residency program offered by the MIGS Fellowship Program at Washington University in St. Louis. This program prepares trainees to achieve excellence in academic medicine. The fellowship program director is Elise Bardawil, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Under close mentorship, fellows receive hands-on training in patient care and clinical research, develop clinical and teaching skills, and connect to a national network.

Fellows receive a stipend equal to PGY 5 and 6, health insurance benefits are available, and tuition for graduate courses.

Our fellows develop outstanding clinical skills and exceptional teaching abilities while making meaningful contributions to clinical research.


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Program Overview

The Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at the Washington University in St. Louis is a two year program training gynecologic surgeons in the management of complex gynecologic diseases. The most common conditions treated by the core faculty are severe endometriosis and large leiomyoma. Fellowship training will include laparoscopic, robotic, and vaginal surgery addressing a wide range of pathology. Not only will fellows graduate with expertise in complex surgical pathology, they will also be able to manage patients with complicated medical conditions, extensive surgical histories, and very high BMIs.

Learn more about the Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.

Clinical Training

The fellowship is structured so that trainees operate three days a week. Their outpatient experience will include time in faculty clinics and in a fellows-run MIGS clinic. Fellows will primarily rotate between the core faculty: four high volume gynecologic surgeons, three of whom are fellowship-trained and one of whom has been a practicing gynecologic surgeon for over 25 years. Fellows will split time equally between two clinical sites: Barnes Jewish Hospital and Missouri Baptist Hospital. Both locations are affiliated with Washington University in St. Louis. Fellows will rotate with faculty in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Washington University in St. Louis every other month throughout fellowship in order to gain experience in complex operative hysteroscopy. Fellows will complete a rotation with colorectal surgery during their second year of fellowship.

Teaching Responsibilities

As fellows develop as surgeons, they will learn how to be effective surgical teachers. Our fellows will be given graduated teaching responsibility culminating in fellows acting as the primary teaching assistant for residents during complex pelvic surgery. This fellowship will also provide specific guidance teaching skills such as how to provide substantive feedback and how to set appropriate goals for learners. Fellows present Grand Rounds to the OBGYN Department and participate in various multi-disciplinary educational conferences including a GYN Radiology conference, benign gynecology pathology conference, and an endometriosis conference. They will participate in the surgical skills curriculum including training courses at the Wise Lab and Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) teaching.

Research Training

The fellows will collaborate with a faculty member with protected research time. This mentor will help them define research objectives and ensure that they meet their research goals. Fellows will have an average of one protected research day weekly and will meet with their research mentor monthly. Our fellows should produce a surgical video and a review article as well as complete an original research project by the end of their second year. Fellows are expected to submit this original work for publication. These endeavors will be supported by the Division of Clinical Research within the Department of OBGYN. The Division of Clinical Research provides support ranging from IRB submission, statistical analysis, and manuscript editing. In addition to contributing to the body of medical literature, fellows will also develop their ability to evaluate and interpret studies. They will complete a statistics course and will participate in MIGS journal club every 6 weeks.

Progressive Responsibility

The ultimate goal of the Division of MIGS of is to train physicians who are capable of functioning as independent minimally invasive gyn surgeons. That is why all aspects of patient management are equally emphasized.

In order to achieve this goal, fellows are given progressive clinical responsibilities during the two years of clinical training. Since it is recognized that different fellows may possess different backgrounds, knowledge, skill, and learning ability, this progression in responsibility cannot be set by a fixed schedule. It can only be accomplished by ongoing evaluations on an individual basis. Through daily contact, close interactions, and direct supervision by faculty members, each fellow is evaluated for his or her initiative, knowledge, competency, and skills in the operating room, at the bedside, and in the ambulatory care clinics. These evaluations are performed on a semi-annual basis. Appropriate responsibilities are then given to the fellow and increased in proportion to the individual fellow’s progress. The amount of clinical material and total commitment of faculty members assure the maturity of our fellows in their clinical years.

How to apply

All completed applications will be considered for an interview. The program coordinator will send interview invitations directly to candidates via ERAS. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the program coordinator.

Apply to the program through AAGL.

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Below is a list of supporting documents that must be included with your application, at the time of submission.

The following documents must be included to complete your application:

  • Digital headshot photo (300 dpi)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of reference (including one from your residency program director)
  • ACGME case list
  • Personal statement
  • CREOG Scores
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • TOEFL IBT certificate (if applicable)
  • USMLE or LMCC transcript

Program Contacts

Fellowship Program Director:
Elise Bardawil, MD e.bardawil@wustl.edu

Associate Fellowship Program Director:
Katie de Souza, MD desouzak@wustl.edu

Fellowship Program Coordinator
Michelle Steiner steinerm@wustl.edu


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Key 2022 Imortant Dates

2-Year Fellowship Appointment: 2023-2025

Positions Available: 1

Fellow Candidate Application/Interview tentative Schedule

  • May 2023: Deadline to Submit Applications
  • May 5, 2022: Application Distribution to Programs
  • May 25, 2022: First Wave of Interview Notifications
  • June 1, 2022: Deadline for Candidates to Accept/Decline Interview Invitation
  • June 2, 2022: Second Wave of Interview Notifications

NRMP Schedule

  • June 29, 2022: Match Opens
  • July 20, 2022: Ranking Opens
  • August 24, 2022: Quota Deadline
  • September 14, 2022: Ranking Closes
  • September 28, 2022: Match Day