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Letter from our Department Chair

Dear Applicant, 

I am thrilled to share information with you about our FPMRS/Urogynecology fellowship training program – I am writing as Department Chair but more importantly as a proud alumna of the residency. I can state unequivocally that we have an excellent program with dedicated faculty that offer and continuously iterate improvements in all aspects of our curriculum – improvements driven by changes in standards of care, regulations, education theory, and resident/fellow/faculty input. Our mission is to not just train, but to inspire, the next generation of subspecialists in Urogyn to be compassionate and outstanding clinicians, educators, researchers, advocates, leaders, and lifelong learners.

Our fellowship is committed to training competent academic FPMRS/Urogynecologists who are clinically and surgically skilled and excel as teachers and researchers. Our urogynecology/female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (UG/FPMRS) fellowship has a proud 20+ year history. Fellows are exposed to a wide variety of surgical and medical management approaches through our integrated division inclusive of attendings and NPs, and collaborations with numerous other specialty services, including a strong partnerships with urology, colorectal surgery and Urogyn providers at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Fellows are trained by leaders in the field as represented by AUGS leadership and ABOG involvement through specialty and subspecialty boards. Limitless scholarship opportunities are available through research and quality improvement initiatives. Our Department is committed to advancing knowledge and quality of care in our specialty. Our Research Division works with residents and fellows to develop, execute, analyze, and present their chosen research projects. Fellows are expected to develop their own projects with guidance from our experienced faculty. These projects form the basis for their required thesis and are routinely published and presented at national meetings. We routinely collaborate in our research with other divisions including urology and the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences. We are open to nurturing all areas of scholarship and research interests for our fellows.

We want to ensure that you are fully prepared to succeed in your career and be leaders in the field. Towards that goal, we have special efforts regarding diversity inclusion and equity, teams and team building, communication skill building, organizational management, quality improvement, advocacy, professionalism, ethics, and career planning. It is important to us that at the end of your training you can achieve lifelong career satisfaction. 

The faculty and I are very proud of our educational program. We welcome inquiries and would be happy to discuss our program and its continuing evolution as we grow and develop new ways to care for, educate, and communicate with each other in order to most effectively care for our patients, and nurture you as professionals, learners, and whole beings.

 

Respectfully,

 
 
Tiffany A. Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, FACOG (she, her, hers)
Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Population & Quantitative Health Sciences
Medical Director, Lifeline4Moms
Engagement Director, MCPAP for Moms