Program Description

Our fellowship program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of North Carolina is a three-year program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  One fellow is accepted at the first year level each year.  The educational objectives are:

  • To prepare fellows to provide excellent clinical care, both medical and surgical, in the comprehensive evaluation and management of women with pelvic floor disorders, including urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, neurogenic bladder, defecatory dysfunction, fecal incontinence, and complex benign conditions such as vesicovaginal and rectovaginal fistulas and congenital anomalies.
  • To provide the fundamental research and analytical skills necessary for a successful career as an academic leader in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and to nurture a drive towards independent scientific investigation.
  • To promote skills in teaching, curriculum development, and leadership essential for excellence as future educators, mentors, and leaders in our field.

We aim to train FPMRS subspecialists while promoting the academic goals of teaching and research within this rapidly advancing subspecialty.  This goal is accomplished through a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care involving nationally and internationally recognized experts in GI Medicine, Urology, Colorectal Surgery, and Neurology.  Our diverse patient population allows for training opportunities in multiple surgical modalities including vaginal, abdominal, laparoscopic, and robotic approaches.  In addition, the medical care offered to patients allows for advanced training in physical therapy, pain management, neuromodulation, and pharmacotherapy.  This collaborative effort encourages a diverse range of clinical and scientific viewpoints and experiences.

The School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina and UNC Healthcare comprise North Carolina’s most comprehensive public center for medical care, health careers, education and biomedical research.  The UNC Department of OBGYN also has a very strong research program and was ranked #6 nationally for NIH funding this year.  The close association with the nationally recognized UNC School of Public Health further expands the quality and diversity of opportunities available.  The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNC is one of only a few departments in the nation with fellowships in all recognized Ob/Gyn subspecialties.  The residency program, ranked as the #2 OBGYN residency program in the nation, recruits outstanding physicians from across the country and is fully staffed with 7 residents in each year.