The Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) Fellowship is a three-year subspecialty training program for obstetrics and gynecology physicians and a two-year program for urology physicians who wish to specialize in urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery.

The program includes 12 months of research.

Our program offers unprecedented training opportunities for complex pelvic floor reconstruction given our unusual level of faculty expertise in:

  • Female urology
  • Urogynecology
  • Colorectal surgery

In addition, opportunities for cutting-edge translational research are provided by the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Why Train at Wake Forest?

The FPMRS Fellowship program teaches genitourinary physician-scientists the integrity, creativity and technical skills to deliver safe, efficient and effective care to all patients with pelvic floor disorders. Our educational curriculum is designed to enhance independence through mastery of a broad range of diagnostic and surgical techniques with proficiency in continuous quality improvement and team leadership skills.

Three board-certified urogynecologists, Catherine A. Matthews, MD, Candace Y. Parker-Autry, MD and Samuel S. Lentz, MD; and two urologists, Gopal H. Badlani, MD and Robert J. Evans, MD with extensive expertise in female urology serve as the primary faculty.

The fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Fellowship Goals

The primary goals of the fellowship are to:

  • Provide advanced multidisciplinary clinical training in the care of patients with pelvic floor disorders including:
    • Comprehensive outpatient evaluation and management
    • Ambulatory procedures
    • Complex pelvic floor surgical reconstruction using vaginal, laparoscopic and robotic-assisted techniques
    • Urinary tract diversion and reconstructive procedures
    • Ureteral injury management
    • Complex urogenital fistula care
    • Post-operative care
  • Teach primary research methodology to prepare fellows for the pursuit of an academic career
  • Provide basic science and clinical research platforms to promote innovative basic science, translational and clinical trial research opportunities
  • Advance postgraduate medical education by involving fellows in the education of medical students and residents
  • Produce future leaders in the field of FPMRS

Educational Program Objectives

Some specific objectives of our educational program include:

  • Acquire a comprehensive mastery of currently established female pelvic health clinical information through didactic conferences, guided self-study and monthly delivery of prepared lectures
  • Develop validated clinical decision-making skills for urologic, medical and surgical treatments through observation, mentored participation in clinical care and supervised independent decision-making
  • Enhance the lifelong learning skills of data acquisition, analysis and interpretation through an understanding of the role of continuous evaluation of the developing medical literature and local prospective clinical outcomes assessment
  • Introduce and then reinforce the acquisition of both basic and advanced surgical techniques through repetitive mentored practice, simulation and documentation of appropriate metrics.
  • Expose individuals to the formal process of scientific inquiry such that cognitive bias may be overcome through the practiced exercise of deep analysis
  • Challenge individuals to become medical leaders with reflective writing programs, group discussion and formative feedback and mentored self-evaluations
  • Teach research methodology and data analysis skills that would support a career as a physician-scientist

Evaluation

Fellows are evaluated on both their activities and progress. Throughout the fellowship, you’ll keep records detailing clinical experience, educational activities and research exposure. These are reviewed with you on a monthly basis, at which time you’ll be given feedback regarding your performance, as well as an opportunity to critique your educational experience.

Program Benefits Highlights

As a fellow of Wake Forest you will receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • On-call resources (rooms, meals, etc.)
Learn more about the all standard benefits available to Wake Forest Fellows. Program-specific benefits, if available, can be found on the program application page.