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Thank you for your interest in the Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) of UMass Chan Medical School.  The UMass Chan Medical School FPMRS fellowship is a 3-year program which offers an integrated pelvic floor curriculum including vaginal, laparoscopic, robotic, and abdominal surgical approaches to surgical management of pelvic floor dysfunction.  Fellows will also gain experience in non-surgical approaches to pelvic floor dysfunction such as pessary management, behavioral management, and pelvic floor physical therapy.  Highlights of the fellowship at UMass include the opportunity to work with six FPMRS surgeons.  There are currently three surgeons and one nurse practitioner who serve as faculty in the Urogynecology Division in Worcester.  Fellows also rotate with three FPMRS faculty at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield which provides the opportunity to learn a variety of surgical approaches and increase the breadth of experience. Another highlight of our program is our weekly continuity clinic where each fellow has their own patients.  This allows our fellows to function as Junior Faculty in every way to take ownership of the patient’s care, counsel their own patient on treatment options and follow them throughout their 3-year tenure.  In addition, fellows rotate through urology and colorectal surgery (including the anal physiology lab).  Fellows can schedule their own elective time which previous fellows have chosen to travel to Rwanda with Dr. Hall to perform fistula surgeries.  The FPMRS fellows interact extensively with the Ob/Gyn residency program as clinical and classroom educators.  Current research focuses on surgical outcomes and predictors, but collaboration with the extensive basic science and translational research resources of UMass Medical School and Worcester Polytechnic Institute is growing. 

The UMass FPMRS Fellowship program was accredited by the American Board of Obstetricians Gynecologists (ABOG) in 2007 and by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2014.  It is currently approved for two fellows for three years.

The fellowship curriculum has been designed to follow the General and Special Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in the Subspecialty of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery as well as the Guide to Learning in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery.

Other Degrees or Curricula Offered: There is an opportunity to enroll in a Masters in Clinical Investigation or the Masters in Public Health degree programs through the medical school which can be completed during the three-year fellowship.  Basic science experience may be pursued through the Medical School or via collaboration with the Bioengineering department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The curriculum is scheduled as 36 month-long blocks including:

18 months of urogynecology

12 months of research

2 months of urology

2 months of colorectal surgery

1 month of pelvic floor physical therapy

1 elective

Sample Curriculum

 

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

PGY5

UG1

UG2

UG3

Res1

UG4

Res2

UG5

UG6

Res3

Uro1

UG7

UG8

PGY6&7

UG15

R7

R8

UG16

R9

R10

R11

UG17

Elective

UG18

R12

CR2

Sample urogynecology weekly schedule

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

OR

OR

Fellows continuity clinic

Pre-op/UDE Clinic

OR