Over the past 20 years, the division has gained regional and national recognition for its efforts to provide the best of advanced laparoscopic surgery for women and pelvic pain management. As part of a major academic medical center, the Division excels in training, research and clinical programs. Our dual purpose is to train those who will provide top quality patient care and be the academic leaders in gynecologic laparoscopy and pelvic pain management, who in turn will train many physicians for practice in communities across the country. This emphasis makes our fellowship one of the most unique programs in the United States.

The Division offers a two-year Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, designed to begin after completion of the standard four-year United States residency in obstetrics and gynecology. The fellowship began in 1998, and joined the AAGL/SRS Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery  in 2008.  Our purpose is to train academic physicians who will become leaders in the teaching, research, and practice of operative gynecologic laparoscopy and the management of chronic pelvic pain problems.

Clinical Training

As a division within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, we perform over 600 major surgeries per year, the vast majority of which are laparoscopic, both conventional (“straight stick”) and robotic. More than 1,000 new patients are seen annually, along with over 3600 return visits. Patients are referred from gynecologists and primary care physicians in North Carolina and from throughout the southeast United States. A growing number of patients are self-referring after learning of our experience with laparoscopic surgery from physicians, friends, or the internet. As a result, residents and fellows in training in obstetrics and gynecology at UNC receive a level of laparoscopic training far above the average university medical center in the United States.  Eighty precent of all hysterectomies (including cancer cases) at UNC are performed with minimally invasive techniques. In our division, all hysterectomies are booked with laparoscopy, 99.5% completed in that manner.  Laparoscopic surgery for large fibroids is commonplace in our practice, including those in the 1-3kg range.  Our largest hysterectomy specimen weighed 4750 grams and our largest myomectomy 2200 grams (eight fibroids).  We also perform laparoscopic conservative and extirpative surgery for advanced / deeply infiltrating / stage IV endometriosis.  We routinely perform ureterolysis, extensive enterolysis, and removal of intestinal endometriosis.  When bowel resection is needed, we coordinate surgery with our minimally invasive colorectal or gynecologic oncology colleagues.

The Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (FMIGS) is sanctioned by the AAGL, providing a robot clinical, research and surgical experience for the fellow.

Our fellows achieve competence in all of these procedures during their two years, gradually moving toward greater independence, including functioning as a junior faculty attending for their own cases and those from the resident service.

Pain management is taught in closely mentored clinical settings, and is influenced by relationships with the pain management programs in other departments at the University of North Carolina.

Research Training

Fellow graduates are expected to work as clinical or translational investigators who will assume leadership roles in research projects and research teams.  In addition to protected research time, the division will support online course completion of a specially-designed curriculum.  Fellows will learn how to analyze, interpret, and describe data. They will learn basic programming in SAS and statistical tests and graphics used in medical research.

The online certificate of achievement is comprised of 5 courses with each course expected to take 15-25 hours to complete. Fellows will have protected time during the fellowship to complete course work and upon completion will receive a certificate.

Fellows will apply the statistical concepts and techniques learned in research at UNC. Fellows will be expected to present work at regional and national meetings, and will be required to submit and publish at least one first author manuscript of original research work each year.  The research support team at UNC is comprised of MIGS faculty as well as a research assistant and PhD Epidemiologist.

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UNC Department of OB-GYN
UNC Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
4010 Old Clinic Building, CB# 7570
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7570

1999 Arnold Advincula, MD Columbia University  – New York, NY
2001 Denniz Zolnoun, MD, MPH University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, NC
2003 Georgine Lamvu, MD, MPH Florida Hospital – Orlando FL
2004 Frank Tu, MD, MPH University of Chicago Northshore – Chicago, IL
2005 Susie As-Sanie, MD, MPH University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
2006 Mary Ellen Wechter, MD, MPH
North Florida OB-GYN – Jacksonville, FL
2007 Jacqueline Rohl, MD, MPH The Ohio State University – Columbus, OH
2008 Kinnari Desai, MD, MPH Manatee Gynecology – Bradenton, FL
2010 Amanda Yunker, DO, MSCR Vanderbilt University – Nashville, TN
2011 Matthew Siedhoff, MD, MSCR University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, NC
2012 Erin Carey, MD,  MSCR University of Kansas – Kansas City, KS
2013 Austin Findley, MD, MSCR Wright Patterson Air Force Base – Dayton, OH
2014 Kumari Hobbs, MD, MSCR NY Pelvic Pain & MIGS/Cornell University – New York, NY
2015 Janelle Moulder, MD, MSCR University of Tennessee –Knoxville, TN
2016 Tarek Toubia, MD, MSCR Jennie Stuart Medical Group – Hopkinsville, KY
2017 Michelle Louie, MD, MSCR University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, NC
2018 Mitch Dizon, MD, MSCR University Hospitals-Cleveland MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH
2019 Noor Abu-Alnadi, MD University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, NC

Current fellows: Current fellows – Paul Tyan (2018-2020), Jacqueline Wong (2019-2021)

In the linked PDF below, you’ll find the curriculum for the Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery for 2017-2019.

2017-2019 Required Reading and Divisional Meetings

 

Applicants should apply through the AAGL

The fellowship match is administered by the National Residency Match Program (NRMP)

Division Manager:
Deborah Privette
Phone: 984-215-3592
Fax: 984-215-3517
Mailing Address:
UNC Department of OB-GYN
UNC Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
4010 Old Clinic Building, CB# 7570
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7570