This two-year fellowship program in pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery accepts urology residents who have graduated from an ACGME-accredited urology program. The program is jointly accredited by the American Board of Urology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction.
Fellows are given intensive and broad-based clinical, surgical and research experiences with progressive autonomy. Fellows obtain in-depth experience in clinical and investigative work that enables them to pursue productive academic careers in pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, specializing in voiding dysfunction, neurourology, female and male pelvic floor reconstructive surgery, urodynamics, clinical epidemiology and basic science. Fellows also gain experience in writing scientific proposals, grants and manuscripts.
In the first year, fellows spend time on clinical rotations, participating in outpatient clinics and surgical procedures, and rotating with urogynecology, colorectal surgery and advanced laparoscopy faculty. Fellows also learn the fundamentals of research, selecting an area of research interest and a mentor and formulating research projects.
During the second year, fellows focus on their research on their thesis, formulated during their first year, while fine-tuning their surgical and diagnostic skills.
The program offers exposure to a wide spectrum of female and male surgical procedures. On average, fellows perform a total of 300 surgeries per year including:
- Female and male incontinence
- Female pelvic organ prolapse repair
- Transvaginal reconstructive surgery
- Open abdominal reconstructive surgery
- Laparoscopic and robotic pelvic reconstructive surgery
- Complex female urethral reconstruction
In addition to attending courses in biostatistics and clinical epidemiology, fellows participate in the following didactic activities:
- Book club
- Journal club
- Basic science lectures
- Urodynamic conference
- Joint Center of FPM&RS meetings with Urogynecology and Colorectal Surgery, which includes journal club, case presentations and research studies
A unique aspect of this fellowship is its emphasis on ensuring that all fellows receive solid training in clinical and basic science research. During their first year of training, fellows develop a portfolio of clinical and basic science research projects. During their second year, they focus on the research thesis formulated during their first year, while fine-tuning their surgical and diagnostic skills.
Fellows have the opportunity to work with scientists investigating urinary incontinence, lower urinary tract disorders, neurogenic bladder, neuromodulator, urothelial biology, and stem cell research using animal and animal knock-out models.
Fellows also have the opportunity to work with outcomes researchers and economists. Since 2002, the fellows have initiated and participated in more than 75 IRB-approved clinical and IACUC-approved laboratory studies.
Finally, as part of the fellowship training, fellows are mentored in designing and writing study protocols for clinical or laboratory research projects, authoring peer-reviewed and invited publications, and presenting.
How to Apply
Interested applicants must electronically submit applications to the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Information about the application and Match process can be found at clevelandclinic.org/education/gme and https://students-residents.aamc.org/attending-medical-school/how-apply-residency-positions/applying-residencies-eras/.
Courtenay K. Moore, MD
Fellowship Program Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute
9500 Euclid Ave., Q10-1
Cleveland, OH 44195
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